I create a Joomla component. Right now whenever I to produce latest version I request the consumer to download a zip file and also to by hand upload the transformed files via FTP. Although this is suitable for small releases, when lots of files happen to be modified it's a slow, painful and error prone process. As alarming because it might be, many customers installed Joomla via Fantastico one-click install and do not know or comfortable using FTP.

I've lately added support for Joomla 1.6 which appears use a nice update facility for automated updates. Regrettably the documentation appears to become missing, e.g. what's the tags element, can the download type 't be "full" and when what exactly would that appear to be like?

Can anyone explain the update process better or provide worthwhile good examples?

Joomla 1.5 will probably be around for any very long time, it is possible to similar update process for 1.5?

For Joomla 1.5 a minimum of, there's you don't need to use FTP for upgrading. Inside your XML manifest you are able to set the aspect of update. Instead of download, upzip, and FTP up, all of your customers will have to do is download the whole package, then install through the Joomla admin.

I don't know about 1.6, your best choice is always to disassemble single.6 component. It is indeed my understanding that it's a relatively easy process.