From my experience, because the installer is distributed and hosted on multiple websites, many users will download the software from other websites rather from the official website. This creates a problem for me as a developer:webfork wrote: ↑Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:48 pmI don't know about billon, but I generally avoid web installer programs to help avoid security issues and I like to know what's happening on my system. Web installers were all the rage back when everyone had slow connections and you needed to download a larger program (I think Netscape had one for a while) but I'm not sure it's necessary anymore thanks to generally better Internet connections and download managers. Some exceptions include dotNET, a few Linux thumbdrive creators, and PortableApps Platform, though that's more of an automated update rather than a small installer present to download a larger file.
- Many users will download an old version of the software and then will send support emails about bugs which are already fixed or new features that are already implemented in newer versions. I try to avoid this kind of emails by providing a small installer (70KB) that will always download the latest version of the bigger file (188KB). The same can be achieved by the user by visiting the official website and manually download the file.
Anyway, the installer is not needed anymore after you have the software since it has an integrated update mechanism that can be used to update itself. The main executable file will download and replace itself, therefor the installer can be removed permanently.