Earlier this evening I installed EasyMOD and used it to install the Country Flags MOD to my phpBB board. I did a full site backup first, which was good because I made an error which messed everything up. I reinstalled the backup and things were back to normal. I tried to reinstall the MOD with EasyMOD and this time it went along without a hitch and works fine.
I then tried to install the State Flags add-on, but got a lot of errors. After contacting the mod author, I learned that this MOD is not EasyMOD-compliant and would have to install manually.
There are a lot of files that need to be edited. Learning from my previous experience, I want to back up the forum files prior to my edits. If I just FTP the entire forum directory from LP to my home computer, can that be used as a backup in case things go bad? All the files in the forum directory are basically just the forum layout, and NOT the database that all the forum posts are stored in, correct? I mean, if I attempt the MOD, mess it up and have to back it up with the FTP backup, I won't lose any actual forum content, will I?