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Hello, thanks for choosing Ace Guestbook for your website. We hope it helps make your site more interactive. We will now show you several steps to take so you can get Ace Guestbook installed on your server.

1) Find the Location of Your Perl Interpreter
2) Change the location of the Perl Interpreter in guestin.cgi and guestout.cgi
3) Run the install.cgi script
4) Open up the thankstemp.txt  file and change the template
5) Open up the guestout.cgi file and set the header
6) Run the file from this page to see if it works
7) If it works intergrate it into your website

1) Find the Location of Your Perl Interpreter

The Perl Interpreter is THE most important thing throughout this program. 
basically what it does is take in the Perl code from the file, and then changes
it into computer language, which it then processes. 
The usual location of the Perl Interpreter is at /usr/bin/perl or /usr/local/bin/perl.
some servers do not have it here, and you may need to check their FAQ's to out where it is.

you will need to change the location of this at the very beginning of classifieds.cgi & 
build.cgi, if you don't and it isn't the correct one the script won't work!


2) Change the location of the Perl Interpreter in guestin.cgi and guestout.cgi

Now you have found the location of the Perl Interpreter on your system you will 
need to change the location of it at the top of both guestin.cgi and guestout.cgi. 

3) Run the install.cgi script

Now you need to run install.cgi from your web server. It should be setup in the same directory as the other CGI files and the run via the browser like normal.

4) Open up the thankstemp.txt  file and change the template

Now open up 'thankstemp.txt' and change the template so it fits the look of your site. It is set for our site at the moment. You will need to add a link to allow them to view the guestbook entries. An example would be as follows;

Now click Here to View The Guestbook

5) Open up the guestout.cgi file and set the header

Now you need to open up guestout.cgi and then look for the;

<!-- EDIT HERE --> and <!-- FINISH EDITING HERE -->  tags.

You can edit the header template here using normal HTML, but if you use an @ you need to escape it by using a \ (e.g. you\@yoursite.com ). 

6) Run the file from this page to see if it works

Now you need to call this script from your website.  Do it as follows;

http://www.yoursite.com/guestform.html 

Enter a test entry and then view the guestout.cgi file to see if your entry has come out correctly. If it does, congratulations, you have installed Ace Guestbook successfully on your server. Now you need to integrate it into your website.

7) If it works integrate it into your website

It is very simple to integrate Ace Guestbook into your website. All you need are the following boxes;

name - their name

email - their email

comments - their comments

See example below;

Name :        

E-Mail :      

Comments :

Then you just need to change the location of where the form is submitted to 'guestin.cgi' on your server somewhere.

 

We hope this script helps bring more interactivity into your site, and as this script is free we would really appreciate a link back. You can info on how to link to us here. 

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