Why we don't recommend installing extensions via Magento Connect

Please note we don't recommend installing extensions via Magento Connect for several reasons:

  • Installing an extension with the same key at different times could install a newer version of the extension (which you did not test in your test environment) 
  • Getting server file permissions right can be complex, and too many people resort to giving unsafe read/write/execute permissions to everyone (777) to get Magento Connect Downloader to work 
  • The extension is downloaded and executed in one step, without giving you a chance to inspect the code first. Unfortunately not all extension developers are trustworthy
  • Occasionally, installing an extension with Magento Connect Manager can trigger an upgrade of the Magento core itself (which you might not be prepared for!)

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