To access your Control Panel's Options area, click the "Options" menu item. In the Options screen, there are many program settings you can change. Each is listed below, along with a description of what it does, etc.
This option controls whether your cloaked pages are actually cloaked or not. There are two settings: enabled and disabled. The default is enabled. When enabled, the cloaked pages will show your normal page (the page humans see) to humans, and your optimized page to search engine spiders. When disabled, everybody will see the optimized page. You might want to disable cloaking if you just wanted to use your software to create dynamic optimized HTML code without bothering to cloak it. When disabled, the template used to generate the optimized HTML is the Custom Page 1 Template.
This option controls whether you will be notified if a patch to your software is available. It is enabled by default. If you disable it, you will not be notified when a patch is available.
This option controls whether the control panel checks for updates to the lists of search engine IP addresses. It is enabled by default. When enabled, your control panel will check for and update any new search engine IP addresses. When an update is made, you are notified when you log in to your control panel. The new IP addresses are automatically added to your IP Lists. When disabled, the control panel will no longer check for updates.
An automatic update will at most happen once per day (the first time you log in to your control panel that day). If by any chance you log in before an update to the master lists is made and miss the update for that day, you can still get the update by logging in the next day or by forcing an IP update.
The master IP lists are stored at IPLists.com.
This option controls whether links to all your cloaked pages are displayed at the bottom of a cloaked page. This option is enabled by default. If enabled, links are automatically displayed. If disabled, links are not displayed.
This option controls the link text of the Auto Links (see above). If the option is set to "Keyword then the primary keyword phrase of a cloaked page will be used as the link text for the link to that cloaked page. If the option is set to "Url then the URL of the cloaked page will be used as the link text for the link to that cloaked page. The default setting is Keyword.
This option controls whether to use a special meta tag in the HTML code displayed to Googlebot, which is the spider for the Google search engine. When the NOARCHIVE tag is used, Google will not cache the page. If the NOARCHIVE tag is not used, then Google may cache the page. If Google has cached the cloaked page, then anybody can see the optimized text you showed Googlebot just by viewing Google's cache. The enabled setting inserts the NOARCHIVE meta tag right above the <head> tag in your HTML. The disabled setting does not insert the NOARCHIVE tag.
Note: some people believe that if you use the NOARCHIVE meta tag, Google checks the page more closely for spam related offenses.
This option sets the filename extension to be used in naming your cloaked pages. Three filename extensions are supported: .htm, .html and .shtml. Your cloaking software uses Server Side Includes to execute the cloaking script, and also uses a .htaccess file to instruct your web server that .htm and .html files should be parsed for Server Side Includes. However, not all servers will parse .htm and .html files for Server Side Includes. The default filename extension is .htm. If this extension doesn't work, use .html. If .htm and .html don't work, use .shtml. If .shtml doesn't work, you need to get a server that allows Server Side Includes.
This option controls whether automatic IP address updates will happen when a cloaked page is visited. By default, it is disabled. If you enable it, your cloaked pages will check for IP address updates. The check will happen at most once per day. When the check happens, it will slow performance for that access of the cloaked page. The check happens as the last part of the routine for the cloaked page, so that particular access of the page will be not be checked against the updated IP lists. If you want the automatic IP address updates to happen without you logging in to the control panel, you should enable this option.
This option controls whether IP addresses that are in your IP lists are removed if they aren't in the master lists. Removal will happen during an update, and the list will be notated with a comment listing the IP address which was removed.
Your "Normal Page" is the page you want to show human visitors when they visit a cloaked page. You input the URL of the Normal Page here. For most purposes, it can be any page on the internet... however, there are a couple of caveats:
Your Sucker List is a list of IP addresses that you want to redirect to a special location. If a certain visitor keeps hitting your cloaked pages and you are tired of it, you can send them on a "wild goose chase" by adding their IP list to your Sucker List. You specify where to send them by inputing the URL here. By default, it is the same as your Normal Page. Note that the Sucker List overrides the search engine IP lists... if an IP address is in the Sucker List, they will be shown the Sucker page even if that IP is also listed in one of the search engine lists.
When you create an index page that is cloaked, you must specify the primary keyword phrase here. If you do not specify a primary keyword phrase, the index page will not have one. You should use the broadest possible primary keyword phrase here, as it will be the phrase that is associated with the index page for the whole directory. The primary keyword phrase input here will also be used as the primary keyword phrase for the Sitemap page.
When your cloaking software shows a page to a human, it uses a special HTML tag called a "base href" tag. This tells the browser where to find graphics, scripts, etc. Your software will set the base href tag automatically for you, but if you experience problems with the automatically generated base href tag, you can set the base href URL to be whatever you want. Note that if you customize the base href tag, it will not be used for the cloaked pages which are sending human viewers to an alternate URL, as specified in the customizing pages section.
Your cloaking software determines the URLs of the cloaked pages based on information it gathers from your server. However, sometimes, due to various factors, this information can be incorrect. For example, if you have mapped a second domain over to a subdirectory of your website and installed KloakIt in the second domain, the URL of the cloaked pages may be displayed improperly. You can use this options setting to override your software's automatically generated URLs with a document path that you specify. Unless your installation has problems with URLs it generates, don't worry about this setting. Should you need to provide a Custom Base URL, it needs to be in this format: "http://www.yourdomain.com/path/to/directory" (without the quotes). Note the lack of a trailing slash at the end of the URL. Custom Base URLs should not include a filename.
Good examples of Custom Base URLs:
Bad examples of Custom Base URLs:
This setting makes it so you can change your randomly generated selections on your cloaked pages globally. The default entry is '0', which means no change is made. You can change it to any integer below 32000.
This option setting provides a way to adjust the time stamp on your log entries for the time zone difference between your server and your own location. Either use a positive or a negative number to indicate the number of hours difference. For example, if you are three hours behind your server, then you can input "-3" (without the quotes). The default is 0.
You can change the size of the various textarea fields in the KloakIt control panel to suit your needs. To edit the number of rows in a textara box, change the "Rows" number. to edit the number of columns in a textarea box, change the "Cols" number. The defaults are 10 rows and 50 columns.
You may enter your email address here. This is not required. It will not be shared or reported or distributed in any way. If you enter your email address here, you may receive notices from your cloaked pages depending on the eMailing Options you set below.
If you want your cloaked pages to send you emails based on your eMailing Options you set below, you must enter the location of your server's mail program. You can get this information from your server administrator. A common location on Unix/Linux servers is "/usr/lib/sendmail -t" (without the quotes).
You can cause your cloaked pages to send you email notices under certain circumstances:
If you want to change your password, you must enter it twice here. If you want to remove your password, check the box labelled "Remove Password" and don't enter anything in the password areas.
When you change any of your Options settings, you must click the "Save" button in order for your changes to be made. If you decide not to keep your changes and want to reload the Options menu, you can click the "Reset" button.
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