I personally wouldn't say either is easier or harder.
With such a small community, where someone can make something and then disappear, and the game evolves - some older things don't work anymore, and there's no clear indication. It's trial-and-error. Unfortunately, we *are* a very small community. I admit I've found it hard sometimes to keep up with changes, though I think someone starting out now has it better than most of us years ago.
What I used to do when I had troubles with addons was to keep them all in a separate folder, and only copy over a few at a time - of course, this was especially true back in the days where you'd copy the addons directly into the pak folder, so screwing that up meant a fresh copy of the pak! hehe