ImpressCMS Modules are uploaded and stored in the the "modules" folder.

When you install ImpressCMS, the modules folder contains one module: 'system'.

You should copy other modules into the same directory as this one, so the modules folder should look like this:


...and so on.

Some modules include more than one folder in the pack. Which one should be copied to the modules folder?

It is always best to follow the module authors instructions, however generally:

  • If it's a XOOPS module: There will be a folder that has a file labeled 'xoops_version.php' directly inside of it. Upload that entire folder to your "modules" directory.
  • If it's an ImpressCMS module: There will be a folder that has a file labeled 'icms_version.php' directly inside of it. Upload that entire folder to your "modules" directory.

If there are additional steps aside from uploading the physical module folder, they will be identified in the module authors installation guide.

Now, after you have uploaded the module folder, and all (if any) of the additional requirements for installation, you will need to physically install the module.

Copying/Uploading is not the same as installing. Installation is the process you must undergo through the ImpressCMS control panel.

Go to ImpressCMS control panel > modules. If you just copied one or more modules, there should be two lists.

  • The first one, which is fixed to the top section of the window, shows modules that have been successfully copied AND INSTALLED.
  • The second list, just below the first, show us the modules that have been successfully copied, and are awaiting installation.

Click on the install button, located next to each module row. You can hover over the icons to view a tool tip if you cannot clearly identify which icon to use.

If nothing goes wrong, your module is now ready to use. Each module should then be configured according to the documentation provided by the module author.

In the event that you experience errors, or have difficulty installing a third party module into ImpressCMS, it is best to contact the module author for the fastest possible solution. Though the community forums here at are available for support questions as well.

About Modules with Trust Path

A new generation of modules based on the concept D3 and D4 is emerging. The modules will behave differently.

Usually this type of module contains its code in two places.

The first and equally important should be placed in the Path of Trust from your website and in general will be outside your web root.

The second step should be done as a normal module, and will be sent to the modules directory as the others.

Advantages and disadvantages of this technology

The great advantage of the modules that use this technology.

  1. The same module will be in a directory Path Trust (whenever possible, outside the web root)
  2. Modules using this technology can be cloned with several names in the modules directory.
  3. You will probably have more than one instance of the same module.
  4. When working with multiple domains (sub-sites), you can use the same address of the Trust Path and share these modules with several sub-domains independently.
  5. Usually this type of module is safer to use.


  1. The process of installing a module with Trust Path is not trivial.
  2. Whenever you need more than one step to accomplish the job.
  3. When you upgrade the module, you must always check if you need to update on modules too.


  Conclusion (weight on scale):

The approach of the modules of this generation tend to be more secure by nature. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages and you will be happy to use this technology after learning how to do this correctly.

Tip: Whenever you use a module with Trust Path you should see very clearly the developer documentation.You have to follow this specification.

Last modified on 2012/8/2 by Anonymous
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