Softbiz Banner Exchange Script – How to install

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The instructions provided with the Softbiz Banner Exchange Script seem to be written for those with prior PHP and MYSQL database experience. Step 1 of the instructions tell you to change the database username, database password and database name before you begin. For those struggling with the install process, the following install guide may help solve your problem.

Step 1 – Log into your cPanel.

An easy shortcut to your cPanel is to use www.yourdomainname.com:2083. Notice the :2083 at the end. This will connect you to port 2083 on your web server.

Step 2 РLook for the Databases section and click on MySQL© Databases.

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to create a new database for the banner exchange script. In the Create New Database box, give your new database a name then click on Create Database.

Step 3 – Assign a user to the new database.

Scroll down the page and find the section labelled MySQL Users. In the Add New User section, fill in the necessary information. Finally you’ll need to add the new user to the new database. Under the section labeled Add User To Database, select both your new user and your new database and click Add. Make sure the new user is assign ALL PRIVILEGES.

Step 4 – Import SQL database tables

On your computer, open the (script) downloaded file and extract the db folder to your desktop. Open a web browser and log back into your cPanel. Look for the section labelled Database and click on phpMyAdmin. On the left hand side you should now see your newly created database. Click on it one-time to highlight it. Next click on the Import button. Finally click on the Browse button and select the SoftbizBannerExchangeScript.db file from your desktop and upload.

Step 5 – Edit the dbconnect.php file.

On your computer, extract (unzip) the contents of the downloaded .zip file. Place the unzipped file on your desktop. Next open the newly copied folder and double-click on the include folder. Locate the file labelled dbconnect and open it with a text editor. (I recommend Notepad++, its free.)

$servername=’localhost‘ ;
// Replace this ‘localhost’ with your server name (do not edit this line)

$database_username=’some_thing‘;
// Replace some_thing with your new database username

$database_password=’yourpassword‘;
// Replace yourpassword with your new database password

$database_name=’some_thing‘;
// Replace some_thing with your new database name

Save file and close.

Step 6 – Upload the script to your web server.

Using your favorite FTP client. (For Windows I use FileZilla, and for Mac I use Yummy Lite. Upload the contents of the banner exchange script directly to the root (/public_html) of your website. If you upload the script to a sub-directory, later on make sure to update the Website Address under Configure Site.

Step 7 – Navigate to the administrative console

For those who uploaded the script directly to the root of the web server, open your favorite web browser and visit the following page.

www.yoursite.com/admin

For those using a sub-directory, use the following address.

www.yoursite.com/directory/admin

The default username and password are both: admin.

Username: admin
Password: admin

After you’ve configured your settings, the site should be functional and ready for business. I’d recommend creating a few test accounts to make sure everything is working before making your site public.

If you have questions or new help, please leave your comments below. I’ll try my best to help you out.

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John Bousman is an MCSA, MCTS, MCP, Net+ and A+ Certified Technician. He is also an avid Web Developer, WordPress Jedi, SEO Connoisseur and owner of an IT Firm in the Midwest. During the day he helps tackles Server Administration and Desktop Support issues for small business. With over 15 years experience installing, configuring and troubleshooting retail and enterprise software, he's seen it all. Make sure you checkout his profile on Google+.

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