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Install Free PHP Smart Guest Book 2.0

Installing the Free PHP Smart Guest Book 2.0 for MySQL Database

Free PHP Smart Guest Book 2.0 Installation

Installing Free PHP Smart Guest Book for MySQL Database

A. Contents of the zip file

You will find the following files:

  • SmartGuestbook.sql (SQL Scripts file)
  • SmartGuestbook.swf (Flash Interface)
  • SmartGuestbook.html (HTML file where the Flash interface is placed)
  • SmartGuestbookCode.php (PHP file accessed by the .swf file)
  • scripts.js (Javascript code)
  • badwordfilter.txt (comma delimited bad words list)
  • CloseWindow.htm (to automatically close the window)
  • Readme.txt (content similar to this page section)

B. Installation steps

  1. Important: Place all the above files in a folder called SmartGuestBook under your site root.
  2. To create the required table run the sql scripts file (SmartGuestbook.sql) inside your MySQL database. You can use an administration tool like MyPHPAdmin (download it free from www.phpmyadmin.net) or any other database administration tools for the MySQL. Under the database of your choice run the SQL script. In MyPHPAdmin, to run 'SQL query/queries' click the "SQL" option and locate the 'SmartGuestbook.sql' using the browse button. Click go and your database is ready. To double check this see if your database has a table called 'tblguestbook' added to it.
  3. Important: To make your SmartGuestBook work you need to give the connection parameters to your MySQL Database in the SmartGuestBookCode.php page. Open the code view of this page and you will find the following lines at the top clearly marked out for your convenience.

    $strServer="localhost"; // Server IP Address Or Name
    $strDatabase="guestbook"; // Database Name
    $strUser="sa"; // User ID
    $strPwd=""; // Password

    Now substitute the dummy values (inside the quotes) with your database details.

  4. Now you are ready to call your Guestbook from anywhere in your site. To do this, use the following link in your page (Hint: If you are using dreamweaver, copy and paste the following link in the Code View):
    <a href="javascript:{var xwin=window.open('/SmartGuestBook/SmartGuestbook.html','GuestBook','width=350,height=350, resize=no')}">Guest Book</a>

    Note: for a site hosted by another site use the following link with your correct site path :-
    <a href="javascript:{var xwin=window.open('/Your_site_path/SmartGuestBook/SmartGuestbook.html,'GuestBook','width=350,height=350, resize=no')}">Guest Book</a>

  5. If you wish to keep the guest-book inside one of your site pages (i.e. the guestbook will be visible always on the page instead of popping out on clicking a link), you should place the SmartGuestBook.swf file and related scripts in your page body by adding the following code wherever you want the Guest-Book to appear (do not copy the 'Start of Code' and 'End of Code' lines). After you copy-paste the code please follow the important directions given below it.
    Sub guestbook_FSCommand(ByVal command, ByVal args)
    call guestbook_DoFSCommand(command, args)
    end sub
    <script language="JavaScript">
    var moviecolor = '#000000';
    <script language="JavaScript" src="scripts.js"></SCRIPT>
    <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#5,0,0,0" width="350" height="350" id=guestbook><param name="MOVIE" value="SmartGuestBook.swf"><PARAM NAME=bgcolor VALUE="#4B88C4"><param name="menu" value="false"><param name="QUALITY" value="high"><param name="LOOP" value="false"><embed src="SmartGuestBook.swf" name="guestbook" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="350" height="350" bgcolor="#4B88C4" menu="false" loop="false" quality="high" swliveconnect="true"></embed></object>

    Important Directions:
    1. Place this page of your site inside the SmartGuestBook folder only.
    2. Change the path to the SWF file in the param tag named 'MOVIE' and embed tag 'src' value for a site hosted by another site.
    3. Change the background color of the guest book in the param tag named 'bgcolor'.
    4. CAUTION: Do not change any other part of the code in any other place as the guest-book will not function properly.
    5. DO NOT place the code inside a form i.e., in between a <form> </form> tags (since the guestbook add new entry page will not work).

  6. The CloseWindow.htm page can be used to close any web page in your site. Use it if required by using a simple link as below.
    <a href="/SmartGuestBook/CloseWindow.htm">Close</a>

Troubleshooting Free PHP Smart Guest Book 2.0

  1. If your guestbook is not working please check if your site supports PHP and MySQL databases. If yes, check if your installation steps were correct.
  2. If your Smart Guest Book is stuck i.e., just displaying the "loading guestbook entries" frame, then please check if the URL : http://Your_site_path/SmartGuestBook/SmartGuestBookCode.php?size=50&NAV=1 is giving an error. If yes, please contact us to help you rectify the error.

  3. If you have any other problems please visit our FAQs page or email us (products@smartwebby.com). Your suggestions and comments are always welcome :-)

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