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Installation Tutorial

The installation of your cloaking software is pretty simple and consists of five steps...

  1. Unzipping the downloaded file
  2. Editing the install.cgi file
  3. Uploading the install.cgi file to your web server
  4. Setting the permissions of the install.cgi file
  5. Viewing the install.cgi file in your web browser

Below is a detailed walk-through for each step.

Unzipping the downloaded file

Your software comes in a file format which is compressed to save space and make for a quicker download. In order to begin using it, you must firs decompress it. My favorite software for this is called WinZip.

Decompressing the software will leave you with two files: install.cgi and readme.txt. The readme.txt file contains these instructions. The install.cgi file is the installation program for your cloaking software.

Editing the install.cgi file

Depending on how your web server is set up, you may have to edit the first line of your install.cgi file. The first line of a CGI script like install.cgi contains the "path to Perl" for the web server on which it will run. The first line of the install.cgi file must match the path to perl for your web server. You can find the path to perl by consulting your server's documentation, asking your server's administrator, or looking at your web host's help section.

Open the install.cgi file in a text editor like TextPad or the Windows program WordPad. Make sure the first line of the install.cgi file matches the path to Perl for your web server. If it doesn't match, edit it so it does, then save it.

In many cases, you won't have to make this change.

Uploading the install.cgi file to your web server

In order for you to cloak pages on your web site, the cloaking software must be uploaded to your web server. In order to do this, you must have some kind of FTP software. FTP software is used to transfer files to and from websites (among other things). Some of my favorite FTP software applications are CuteFTP and WS_FTP.

After you have connected to your website using your FTP software, decide in which directory to install your software. Do not install the software inside the cgi-bin directory. I was designed to operate outside the cgi-bin directory. Most hosts do allow execution of CGI scripts outside the cgi-bin directory, so you should be OK.

There are two modes used for uploading and downloading files via FTP... ASCII mode and binary mode. Make sure your FTP software is set to upload in ASCII mode, and then upload the install.cgi file to your web server in the directory you have chosen. If you are not sure how to select ASCII mode, consult your FTP software documentation.

Setting the permissions of the install.cgi file

This step is only for installation on Unix or Linux based servers. These servers use a system of "permissions" to set who is allowed to read, execute or write to files on the server. You need to set the permissions of the install.cgi file to let the server know that it is OK to execute the file. The proper permission setting is "-rwxr-xr-x". This is also known as "755" or Owner: read, write execute; Group: read, execute; Public: read, execute. Don't let all the preceding nonsense fool you... it's really simple to set permissions.

Using your FTP software, select the install.cgi file on your web server. Right click on the file. A context sensitive menu will pop up. Select CHMOD or Change Permissions. Set the permissions to 755 (if it allows you to type in a number), or if you see a bunch of checkboxes, set them to: Owner: read, write execute; Group: read, execute; Public: read, execute.

If you have a Windows based web server, then you don't have to worry about permissions.

Viewing the install.cgi file in your web browser

This part is very simple. Open your web browser and go to the location where you uploaded the install.cgi file... it should be something like http://www.yourdomain.com/somedirectory/install.cgi .

Follow the instructions on the screen and in no time your cloaking software will be installed!




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