I have a general question about the virtues of custom installers vs creating a database manually and installing a program.
The software I am researching right now is the Open Journal System or OJS3. We have a student-run journal and we are looking at alternatives to the current solution which is just links to a sharepoint archive on our main webpage. I wanted to give them a peek at what a real open access journal might use as their backend.
Installation wasn’t bad on our DoOO setup, I created a new database and user, loaded the files, edited the config file. Without the features of Installatron, I am feeling a little exposed. Typically I set my domains to keep 3 backups, a daily, a weekly, and a monthly. Having installed manually, I don’t have those options. I know that I can manually backup a database or manually backup folder, but is there anyway to automate that so that it happens periodically using just cpanel and not installatron?
I know that Reclaim keeps backups, but I like the security of being able to backup and reload without having to ask permission or admit that I broke everything.
Has anyone else ever requested a custom installer for OJS? Have we learned some lessons that have steered us away from the public knowledge project’s stuff?