I’m new to SuiteCRM and I’m trying to configure the system to our organization’s requirements. I’ve been trying to create my own package through the Module Builder but there are many features that are undocumented that I haven’t been able to figure out how to best implement. Many discussions online encourage creating files manually rather than using the MB and I’m a bit unsure what is the best process to develop packages.
I’ve tried to compile my problems into a list of questions below. Thanks for taking the time to read it through and helping me out!
- Reading the SugarCRM documentation they encourage you to only use the MB for the first deployment and then configure the rest using Studio. From my understanding Studio changes don’t apply if I were to redeploy or export the module (which I will have to do when I install it in production), so this hardly seems to be the best way to develop packages? From my understanding Studio should be used to tailor a system by modifying or connecting modules, not to develop packages. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
- If I want to add an action to the sidebar of a module it seems like I must manually edit files. Is this correct? I have no problem with this but in this case where should I make these changes for them to be exported when I want to export/deploy my package? Looking at the directory structure there seems to be references to my module in many different subdirectories (modules/, custom/, etc.). Where would be the correct place to make these changes and still have it as a self-contained package?
- In my short amount of time with SuiteCRM I’ve encountered many bugs, is this just a coincidence or is the product not considered production ready yet?
Thank you very much for your help and feedback!