Originally Posted by ScottW
"vbulletin3 was a snap" because you aren't uploading files to your webserver in vbulletin. You can disable safe mode in php.ini by setting safe_mode=0;. If you don't have access to php.ini, you'll need to get your host to change the setting and restart apache. Note that our requirements page
states, "PHP's safe_mode must be disabled".
That helped some of my issues.