I won’t put the request into the system if you don’t want phunkphorce. If your answer to the request is “no” then that is 100% fine with me. I am just grateful that you guys have created this software in the first place, and that you are willing to listen to requests.
This is simply a request that I thought you might consider since having files necessary after the install in a folder called install is somewhat atypical. I realize that the folder is needed and the files are needed, but I am guessing that the exact name “install” is not, especially since the included files are files necessary for more than just the install. And this is not every single package that I am requesting this for, but rather compatibility with just one package that you specifically include integration support for by default with your own package.
I have actually been running it this way for a long time, since before 1.0.6. You have been very kind in providing methods for renaming/moving the gallery, tmp, and templates folder as well as renaming the index.php, so it has not been a problem. I love it. And gallery and tmp were easily moved outside of the web root so they didn't even exist in the same directory at all. Well, gallery was able to be moved out of the web root until a decision was made to sacrifice security for speed, but it can at least still be renamed. This is not your fault or problem I suppose, but unfortunately too many shared hosting solutions force people to run a folder 777 in order to make it writable by the script. And other than a bug where the templates folder was hard-coded into one of the files (which is easily edited and fixed), it has worked great. To tell the truth, I have been very
pleased with LifeType and running it this way.
I have simply been deleting the install folder anyway. It doesn't seem to affect daily administration functions anyway. Just a few things here and there that are merely a minor annoyance for the most part. I can always throw the install folder back up on my FTP, should I need it. And if I wanted to, I supposed I could use a coded editor to search through all the files and alter all references to the install folder to change the name myself. So this is really a very low priority, exceptionally minor, teeny tiny little request that I thought might be considered in future versions.
I would be more than happy to explain why I have it this way. What I am currently doing is having the members be able to go to http://username.domain.com
for their blogs, and http://www.domain.com
goes to my forum portal page. The use of an htaccess file with a httpd.conf wildcard entry makes this work very well.
However, if there is a more elegant way to do this on a shared hosting solution, I would be ecstatic, but this is the only working solution I have at the moment. I am, as always, open to suggestions.