Software Installation

If you are moving your installation to a new server, please follow the instructions in the Moving Servers portion of this manual.

Unless otherwise noted, you are licensed to use the software on a single domain. If you would like to use the software on more than one domain, you will need to purchase additional licenses. Additional licenses may be purchased though the My Account interface in the owners lounge at a discounted rate.


Introduction

At this point it is assumed you have extracted the archive containing AutoGallery Pro. If you have not yet done so, you should do that now.

Locating Perl

On most servers, this step is not necessary. If your server has Perl located at /usr/bin/perl, you can skip this step.

You will need to locate Perl 5 on your server if it is not located at /usr/bin/perl. If you are not sure where to find it, contact your server administrator and ask them. Generally it can be found at /usr/local/bin/perl if it is not at /usr/bin/perl Now you will need to open each of the .cgi files in a text editor. We recommend EditPlus for Windows users. Change the first line of each file to point to Perl 5 on your server. For example, if Perl 5 is at /usr/local/bin/perl, then the first line will be #!/usr/local/bin/perl

Creating Directories

The next step is to login to your server and create the necessary directories for AutoGallery Pro. First off, decide where you want the .cgi files installed. Generally it is a good idea to keep them in a cgi-bin (or equivalent) directory. Once you have decided where you want the .cgi files, change into that directory. Inside that directory you will need to create 3 subdirectories; name them templates, data, and admin. Note: The only files you should place in these directories are the ones indicated in this documentation. Uploading other files can and will cause problems.

Now, you need to decide where you want your TGP pages located. This will need to be outside of the cgi-bin directory. Once you have decided where you want them to go, record that information for later use.

If you plan on using the thumbnail preview feature of the software, you will need to create a directory to store the thumbnail images. This will need to be outside of the cgi-bin, and should be an empty directory dedicated to storing the thumbnails.


Uploading Files

Now you are ready to begin uploading the files to your server. VERY IMPORTANT: All of the files included with the software must be uploaded to your server in ASCII mode. If you are not sure how to do this, consult the documentation for your FTP client.

Below is a table of where each file should be uploaded, using the example directory structure above:


Setting Permissions

Next, you will need to set permissions on the directories and files that AutoGallery Pro will be using. If you are not sure how to set permissions, consult the documentation for your FTP client and/or contact your server administrator for more information. Below is a table containing the permissions you will need to set on each directory or file.


These are only the recommended file permissions, and may need to be altered depending on your server configuration.

Software Initialization

You are now ready to begin the web based portion of the setup. In your browser, type in the full URL to the init.cgi file on your server. The init.cgi script will run a few diagnostic tests to make sure your server has all of the required modules and that all of the permissions have been set correctly. If there are any problems, a page will be displayed that details them. Instructions for correcting the problems can also be found on that page.

If all of the diagnostic tests pass, you will be brought to a page that will have the URL and login information for the control panel. Now is also a good time to change the permissions on the scanner.cgi and cron.cgi files. They can be changed to 755 for both files.

Accessing the Control Panel

When you access the init.cgi script you will find a link to the control panel if all of the pre-install tests pass. Click that link and enter the login information indicated on the init.cgi screen. This will log you into the control panel so you can setup the software's options. The first time you login to the control panel you will automatically be taken to the Edit Options interface. On this page you will be able to enter the options you want AutoGallery Pro to use. Each of the options has a [?] after it, which you can click on to get more information about that field. After you have set all of the options how you want them, you can click on the Save Options button located at the top or bottom of the page.

You are now ready to begin using the software. From here you should read the First Steps portion of the manual. That will instruct you on what to do before you begin accepting gallery submissions.

Help Prevent Software Piracy

If you have uploaded the AutoGallery Pro zip (or tar or tar.gz) file to your server, remove it now. Leaving it on your server provides a chance for other users to steal it from your web space. Make sure you never leave a copy of the software where other people can access it.

Never share your software with anyone. The license you purchased is for your use only. You may not give or sell the software to anyone under any circumstances. If you are caught doing this, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Never share your owners lounge username or password with anyone. Again, that is for your use only. We will never ask for you to send your password to us, so if you ever get an e-mail requesting it you should not send it.

Do not upload the software documentation to your server or share it with anyone. We keep the documentation in the owners lounge so only legitimate customers can access it. This makes it much more difficult for users of pirated software to figure out how to use it.

If you ever find a site that is offering our software for download, please contact us immediately so we can have the site shut down. Every time our software is pirated instead of purchased, it means less resources for us to continue the development of this and future software.