The official XenForo upgrade instructions always seem to have us uncompress the zip file before uploading it via FTP. This can make the uploading process excruciatingly slow. Apparently, this isn't the only way, though: I love this idea. Are there any gotchas or things to keep in mind when using this approach? Are there any hidden gotchas with this approach? I have to wonder why the manual doesn't mention it given how it is so much faster. Do we have to worry about setting file permissions (chmod)? I had a lot of trouble finding information on this and wasted a lot of time on it, so I've written a keyword laden post and am going to archive links to the best step-by-step instructions I was able to find: https://xenforo.com/community/threads/upgrading-xenforo-in-5-minutes.55029/ http://www.bamastangguy.com/threads/have-root-access-upgrade-your-xenforo-in-a-jiffy.29662/ Answers to my questions would still be appreciated, though.