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How to install and use FAQ Script PHP

How to install FAQ Script PHP?

Set up MySQL database
FAQ Script PHP requires PHP 4.3 or higher version and MySQL 3 or higher version to run on your server - you can see the current version of PHP and MySQL in the control panel of your website.
Before starting the installation wizard of the script you will need to create a database for the script:
- Open the Control Panel(CPanel, Plesk or any other) of your hosting account.
- Find the Databases section, where you will create a MySQL database.
- Durring database creation you will need to supply a Database name, Database user and Database password. You will aslo need to know the database server name — usually 'localhost'. Save all these details on your local machine for future reference on something such as Notepad.
- If you use your hosting account's 'CPanel' to create your database you must set Privileges to ALL for the Database user.
- If you have problems with creating a database - ask your web hosting company - normally they provide 24h email, phone or chat free support. Also, you may send us an email request and we will create database and install the script on your website.
Unzip or unrar, upload and install FAQ Script PHP
- Unzip the .zip file received from us. You can use programs such as Winzip, Winrar, or Stuffit Expander (Mac). They have all have trial versions.
- Next, upload all files to your website. You can either upload the complete folder (for example named "SCRIPTFOLDER") or you can upload all the files individually to a folder you created in the root directory of your website.
- Next step is to run the installation file:
http://www.YOURDOMAIN.com/SCRIPTFOLDER/installation.php
* note that, you should replace "YOURDOMAIN" with your real domain name and "SCRIPTFOLDER" with the folder you created into the root of your website.
- On your screen will appear the Installation wizard and will ask you to complete the form below:
FAQ Script PHP installation wizard
- This information is what you saved when creating your database:
* note, that sometimes the servers does not send correct information about the version of MySQL and a message "Server version of MySQL is not ok!" might appear. The minimum requirements of MySQL for all of our scripts is version 3.0, so if you already created a MySQL database - go ahead and install the script.
- Click on 'Install Script' button and if all the database details are correct, you will see intermediate screen with message "Script successfully installed" and a link to the admin login form "Login here":
FAQ Script PHP - message for successful installation
- Once you click on the link 'Login here', you will be redirect you to the administrator login form.

How to use FAQ Script PHP?

Enter Admin username and password that you set earlier:
FAQ Script PHP - admin login form
Once the login is successful, you will see the landing page of the admin area:
FAQ Script PHP - admin landing page
There aren't questions and answers created. If you don't need categories, the list of questions will be the shown as a landing page! If you create categories the landing page will be shown as a list of categories! If you decide to create categories you should click on "Categories" button and will see the next page:
FAQ Script PHP - categories list
Then click on "Create Category" submenu button and the page for creating a category will appear:
FAQ Script PHP - create category
Fill the category name category and its description and hit "Create Category" button.
* note that, the visitors of your website will see the name of the category and the description
Create as much categories as you need. The list of categories will look similar to this below:
FAQ Script PHP - list of categories
On Categories List page you could edit categories details or delete them.
* note that, when you click on "DELETE" button, a popup window will ask you to confirm the deletion.
Now go to FAQs menu button and click on "Create FAQ" button. The page for creating FAQs will appear:
FAQ Script PHP - create faq
Complete the Question and Answer form and hit "Create FAQ" button. Create as many FAQs as you need.
The list of FAQs will look similar to this below:
FAQ Script PHP - questions list
On this page you could Edit or Delete FAQs.
* note that, when you click on "DELETE" button, a popup window will ask you to confirm the deletion.
You may click on "Preview FAQs" submenu button to preview how the front-end script looks:
FAQ Script PHP preview with categories
If there are no categories created the front-end landing page will look like this:
FAQ Script PHP front-end questions list
Visitors are able to click on "Submit Question" link and will see the screen with submit question form:
FAQ Script PHP - Submit Question
Once the question is submitted, admin receive an email notice and the question could be answered in admin area -> "Questions Received".

How to put FAQ Script PHP on your WebPage?

Click on "Put on WebPage" button and you will see the page with instructions how to include the script into a page of your website where you decided to have the Frequently Asked Questions:
FAQ Script PHP - How to put the script on your web page
You have two choices how to put the script on the webpage - iframe and php methods. Iframe method could be used on .htm, .html and .php pages, but php method could be used only on .php pages. Note that if you use php method, you should copy session_start() code and paste it above all the codes on your web page, so the submit question captcha could work normally.

Set Options, CSS style and Language (wordings)

Click on "Options" button and you will be able to set the main options of the script - "Number of FAQs per page" and "Show search box"(Yes/No). Also, it is good to enter your email address, so if a new guestion is submitted you will receive an email notice on that Administrator email. You could also choose the type of the captcha image for the submit question form:
FAQ Script PHP - FAQ Options
Then click on "Visual options" button where you will be able to set CSS styles - colors, fonts, sizes, etc... for the front-end of the script:
FAQ Script PHP - CSS styles options
Furthermore you could click on "Language options" button where you will be able to translate all the wordings and sentences in the front-end of the script:
FAQ Script PHP - Language options
If the manual above is not clear enough, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@simplephpscripts.com
Also, if you don't find answer of your question, please refer our FAQ section.
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