| | Damn updates
As a webmaster running a site with photopost for a few years it's amazing how you guys keep mockin' up things every time you release a new update.
Isn't it better to stop releasing updates untill
A/ your update at least is 99,99% secure. And stop updating every damn week (ok it's a bit exagerated but lets say once every 6 months) And I cannot imagine, that every update needs to be a full upload of all files. PP has thousands of files but you are not telling me that every file has been updated on every new release)
B/ Better documentation on every new update explaining which exact file has been updated, why and a detailed explanation what the new update looks like.
Maybe some of us do not like some of the new features and can only curse what's been uploaded after seeing the new mock up turns out to be uggly, or not functional or just not wanted. Like too much information on index which should have an on/off switch in the admin panel. (or that will done in the next version?)
In my case I mod about 15 files (70% templates) to ensure I like the layout and site functions. Mostly I need to delete all kinds of crappy stuff (tastes are different) like the commenting or the last post feature. I use fixed width, so next time you do layout think of us too, luckily one can set off that side bar thing.
Anyway can you imagine redoing 15 files every time there is a new release telling that this release is eve more secure or handles all the issues from the last one?
And as is the case with update 5.11 to 5.12 within almost 4 weeks time, Geez! why not produce an test for at least a month before releasing,
Or release 3 versions. Stable (basic version) , one beta (all the latest stuff) and an upgrade version with only the different file from last version to newest, so we can see what files have been modified and don't spend hours messing around adjusting every line of code that is not within our liking.
PP is great but don't deviate from the creators ideas on features, looks and security updates.
What you can do is ask a non-too-technical skilled person to setup a photopost site and adjust it to his/her liking.
Then wait a couple of months and have him/her do an update to latest version, do not assist them, but watch them suffer.
Best to film it, and replay the tape next time you are planning to bring out a release. For sure it must give you an idea of how some of your customers experience this.
Last edited by cognaccola; June 28th, 2005 at 09:59 AM.