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 main owner's interface
at a discounted rate.
At this point it is assumed you have extracted the archive containing AutoRank Pro.
If you have not yet done so, you should do that now.
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
The next step is to login to your server and create the necessary directories for AutoRank 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.
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 ranking 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 feature of the software where member banners will be served from your server you will also need to create an
empty directory for them. We recommend using a sub-directory of the directory where your ranking pages will be stored.
Example Directory Structure:
||location of arp.pl and accounts.cgi files
||location of admin.cgi and main.cgi files
||location of script data files
||location of all template files
||where the ranking pages will be generated
||where the member banners will be stored
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:
All .tpl, .js, and .css files
Next, you will need to set permissions on the directories and files that AutoRank 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.
|File or Directory
|All .cgi files (unless otherwise noted)
|All .pl files
|All files in the data directory
|All files in the templates directory
|Directory where ranking pages will be located
|Directory where member banners will be stored
These are only the recommended file permissions, and may need to be altered depending on your server configuration.
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 AutoRank
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 accounts for your ranking list.
Help Prevent Software Piracy
If you have uploaded the AutoRank Pro zip (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.