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Notes on how to improve Tiki installer

This was all solved and Tiki has a slick installer. Page below is kept for posterity



Installation Comparison

A side-by-side, screen-by-screen comparison of a new installation. What can we learn?

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  • Download the ZIP.
  • FTP to your webhost.
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A side-by-side, screen-by-screen comparison of a new installation. What can we learn?

Drupal 6.8 TikiWiki 2.2 Discussion
Choose language
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Error message
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Tiki's initial screen (the very first thing a new user will see) is basically an error message. There's a link to run the installer, but I thought that's what I was already doing! Tiki needs a better way of determining if this is a new install (that is, there's no local.php file).

Drupal certainly looks a lot slicker. I can install in English (the default) or select another language. Since the Tiki installer is already multi-lingual, certainly this could be incorporated.
Verify requirements
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None Drupal gives me an error and forces me to manually change files in my directory.
Set up database
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Database Configuration
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Very similar. Drupal's Advanced Settings allow you to change the host or specify a table prefix.

Both Tiki & Drupal require that the table already exist.
Drupal 6.8 is for mysqli only.
Installing
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None Nice that Drupal shows you that its working. Tiki gives no indication that it is "working" when running the SQL.
Configure site
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None It is nice that Dupal prompts new users for some basic site information. Prehaps Tiki could also populate some of the common General Admin items:
*Site name
*Sender email
*Admin password (would eliminate the need to prompt for password change at first login. Also the elimination of a default password would be a security improvement).
*Default timezone
*Site logo

Drupal allows you to customize the Administrator account name
Installation complete
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Installation complete
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I like how Drupal checks for mail() function. This is a potential pitfall for new Tiki-ers.

Tiki displays the initial login information, something that Drupal does not.
Initial site
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Initial site
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