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How To Install Most Php Scripts

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1- First, you'll likely need something to unzip the files. There are plenty of free utilities on the net.

 

I use

PowerArchiver

 

But WinZip is a favorite too.

 

2- You'll need to find a good script. Although there are plenty of sites out there, the thing I like about HotScripts is that you can read reviews from other members.

 

3- Download the files to a folder on your computer that you'll be able to locate easily. Think about either a 'Download' folder on your desktop or in your 'My Documents'

 

4- Unzip the files to a folder on your computer dedicated to scripts... or make sure you'll be able to find the files later. The files should unzip if you double click on them and your software is installed correctly.

 

5- You want to look for a file called "Readme", "Instructions" or a folder called "Docs"

 

6- The text file should have instructions for installing the particular script. It might help to open the file in WordPad, rather than Notepad. WordPad will format the text file in a way that is easier to read.

 

7- A good script will have easy to follow instructions, a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), and a support forum where you can ask questions. But understand that if you are getting a script for free, don't expect hands on help from the author. Luckily, some help forums, like the one for phpBB script and OSCommerce, have tons of helpful users... just like at TCH

 

8- I won't cover how to install a database in this thread... but I'll start a new thread on setting up a database.

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