Install - Upgrade

Thanks, also some good pointers there. I love comments and love colors. If someone looked at books I read before the internet was commonplace they would swear I was the one who developed color coding of code that is now widely used. My wife has laughed at me for decades on my incessant use of highlighters when I read/study. She thinks it's funny how virtually every line is highlighted. She sees using highlighters (the way most people do) as a method to highlight importance whereas I see using coloration and highlighting as a method of organizing thought.

I did follow the upgrade guide on permissions. It may be that initial clone however had permission issues not directly related to the upgrade permissions. 

I initially tried the zip/unzip method similar to what you described but still had issues. I do not understand why but sometimes direct file transfers work better. I have been told that intelligent FTP programs can sometimes better understand when a file needs to be transferred in binary mode, which can have an impact on permissions. My site's are rather large and have tons of user generated content so this of course does have the drawback of elongated file transfer times, which I am in the middle of now. If it however corrects the perceived permission problem then the time lost (while doing other tasks in the meantime) will be more than made up for on the savings used to troubleshoot.




March 10, 2021 2:28 am

I saw that edit in the documentation Upgrading Your phpFox Website - phpFox 4 User Manual - phpFox Documentation and didn't realize that. I've always used a pc. 

I must also say that as long as you follow the directions in the link, you shouldn't have any issues.

Maybe if they'd add that to the TOP of the documenatation, too, it would be easer to see. But, kudos to PHPFox for finding the issue and adding it to the documentation for mac users.

February 6, 2021 4:27 pm

i use the curl -s method on cPanel but sometimes depening on php version i get 503 not found errors from cron. i have it at 5 mins maybe that is my issue, but it works once in a while i get an email with an error of page cannot be found but that is one in a while, over all it works. i guess you have to test it.. if you see your cron are showing as they work your good.


cant remeber but with certain php versions i used JohnJr option before and it worked as well cant remember if it with php 7.4 or 7.3 and it worked

but I use: */5 * * * *  curl - s and after a few minutes it works you can see if it works when you log in or out or post something in the feed and check if you got any points. it will update every 10 minutes they way you have it. 

February 6, 2021 7:39 am

Well, after putting it off for a few days, I just successfully upgraded to 4.8.3. The only issue I have detected thus far is that all previous Instant Messaging threads have been deleted. I am not sure if that was intentionally done by the developers, or if it is a bug, or if there is something I am forgetting to do after upgrading. I do know that with some apps, you need to fix their folder permissions after doing an upgrade. I don't recall if that is the case with the Instant Messaging app or not. I'll have to check the installation instructions.

January 26, 2021 10:47 am

Hi William James,

We would like to inform you that Amazon S3 is only compatible with phpFox 4.7.x or older. From phpFox 4.8.x, we had a big improvement to allow managing storage system for one place. On the adminCP, Admin now can choose to host user-uploaded content via local system, FPT/SFTP, or at Amazon S3, at Digital Ocean space, or at any other S3-compatible storage systems.

So please go to AdminCP > Settings >Storage system> and Add new storage.

For more information, please refer to



December 17, 2020 2:34 am