Please note that the information below is applicable only to our traditional (distributed) versions of e-Classifieds. If you are using one of the new on-demand versions, we include free installation that occurs immediately as soon as your account is created, so you have instant access to your classifieds site.
We have attempted to simplify the installation of e-Classifieds on your web server. For example, some versions of e-Classifieds now include an online installation wizard, as well as online forms for setting various system variables and popup help windows to assist you with all aspects of system configuration. Even in our least expensive versions, all of the user-configurable variables are contained in just one file, and each variable is preceded by a paragraph of text that explains what that variable does and how it should be set. The package also includes a README.TXT file that contains full configuration and installation instructions. Nonetheless, while we have made every attempt to make installing these programs as easy as possible, it's still true that if you have never installed a web script before, it can seem like a daunting process. That's why we are now offering professional installation for a modest fee (rates vary depending on version of e-Classifieds and type of web server). That way, you don't have to mess with setting variables, uploading files, setting permissions in Unix, and the like. You can just sit back while we do all the work for you. And since we developed these programs and know them inside and out, you can rest easy, knowing that the programs will be installed right. All you have to do is provide us with the FTP access information for your server (SSH access is also useful, but not necessary). We may also ask you or your hosting company for certain information such as the location of Perl 5, your e-mail program and its location, and the path to the cgi-bin on your server.
If you would like us to professionally install your classified ads program on your server, please let us know at the time of purchase. Please note that the standard installation fee is for standard installations that require less than one hour. You can enjoy our least expensive installation fees if you host your web site with Hagen Hosting. The installation fees are higher for outside Unix/Linux servers, and higher still for Windows NT/2000/2003/2008 servers. We also charge higher rates for installation of the Premium Edition and above, due to the larger size and complexity of those versions. We can also configure the secure server portion of your e-Classifieds software for $100. In all cases, if the installation takes more than one hour due to non-standard server setups, server misconfigurations, incorrect permissions settings, ACL setups on Unix, or for any other reason, additional fees will apply. For example, if you are on a Windows NT/2000/2003/2008 server and the server permissions are not set up correctly so that the program can write to its own files and directories, it will not function properly until your web hosting company or server admin sets these permissions correctly. If we have to ask you to contact your server admin or web hosting company and are required to log onto your server more than once due to incorrect permissions settings, extra charges will automatically apply. If you do not agree to this, please do not ask us to install the program on a Windows NT/2000/2003/2008 server. As another example, if you are on a Unix server that is using ACL, this will not allow us to directly set the permissions without going through your web hosting company (in fact, we highly recommend avoiding ACL setups altogether, as they cause many problems). Again, extra charges will automatically apply. For all of these reasons, we highly recommend hosting your web site (or at least your e-Classifieds software) with Hagen Hosting.
Also, the standard installation fee does not include the setup of cron jobs on your server, as cron is not available on many servers, and even when it is, different servers use different methods for enabling cron. If you wish to set up the separate cron programs, you will need to talk to your web hosting company to find out if cron is available on your server and how to set up cron jobs for your server.
If you ask us to install the program for you, we will need the following information:
- e-Classifieds edition
- server type (Unix/Linux or Windows NT/2000/2003/2008)
- name of hosting company
- FTP address
- FTP username
- FTP password
- SSH address (if available)
- SSH username
- SSH password
- path to Perl 5
- location of sendmail or other mail program
- full internal server path to your cgi-bin
- URL that corresponds to your cgi-bin
- full internal server path to your non-CGI (HTML) area
- URL that corresponds to your non-CGI (HTML) area
- web site name
- web site slogan
- name of classifieds administrator
- e-mail address of classifieds administrator
- special notes or instructions
For secure server setups, the secure part of your web site must reside on the same server. For installation, we need the following:
- full internal server path to the SSL (secure server) area
- URL that corresponds to the full internal server path to the SSL (secure server) area
e-Classifieds runs fine on virtually all web hosting companies' servers, but if you aren't sure if your web hosting company supports the program, if you want to save a substantial amount of money on the installation fees, or if you just want to ensure the maximum compatibility, please take a look at our web hosting services offered by Hagen Hosting. Hagen Hosting offers powerful and affordable hosting plans, and all plans include our uniquely powerful Personal Control Panel that allows you to manage all aspects of your web site and your account online.