How to Install bBlog 0.7.4
What is bBlog?
bBlog is a web log or journal (also known simply as a blog). You can use
bBlog to easily record your thoughts like a diary on your web page.
To use bBlog, you need to be sure your CGI account is set up. Please
see How To Request A CGI Account
for more information. You may also need to have a MySQL account set up if the
script accesses a MySQL database. Most PHP-based scripts require this. Please
see How To Request A MySQL Database.
You will also need to
download a copy of bBlog. The
version used in this tutorial was bBlog 0.7.4. bBlog is provided in a
gzipped tar archive, which most Linux users can extract, however Windows
users will need a separate program to extract the files from these types of
is a free program that will let you extract just about any type of archive in
Windows, including gzip and tar archives.
IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTE!|
Always be sure you have
installed the latest updates and/or patches for the script as well as for any
additional add-ons. Updates are very important to the security and proper
functioning of the script! Our instructions may be for earlier versions of
scripts due to the fact that we are not able to keep up with updates to every
script at all times. It is still up to the domain owner to install and use the
latest version of these scripts.
Remember that only your main account can access CGI scripts on your server. Any
hosting or extra FTP accounts that access these scripts may cause your account
to be deactivated and you'll have to contact
For bBlog to work correctly, please do not put it or it's directories inside
your cgi-bin directory. If you do, the script may not work. It's best to use a
separate directory and leave the cgi-bin directory for your smaller scripts.
Extract all the files to a folder on your hard drive. Log into your CGI server
and create a directory called blog or whatever you wish to call your
blog site. Upload all the files and folders you extracted from the bblog archive
to this new directory on your CGI server. There are quite a few files so it may
take awhile for those with a dial-up connection.
Move to your blog's bblog directory. Change the file permissions of the
cache and compiled_templates directory to 777. Change the file
permissions of the /cache/favorites.xml and config.php files to 666.
Point your web browser to http://cgi.yourdomain.com/blog/bblog/install.php
replacing yourdomain.com with your actual domain name. Read through the
license agreement and be sure you click on the check box next to I agree
to these terms if you intend to comply with the GPL license. Be sure
Fresh Install is chosen in the Install Type area. Click the
Now you can set up the configuration options. Note that instances of
yourdomain.com should be replaced with your actual domain name. If the
example does not have a dot then you should type in your actual domain name
omitting the dot.
Click the Next button when done with your settings.
|Blog Name:||Type in the title of your blog here.|
|Blog Description:||Describe what your blog is about.|
|Full Name:||Type in your name or your online alias, etc.|
|Username:||Create a username here.|
|Password:||Create a password. Be sure you can remember it!|
|Email Address:||Type in your full e-mail address.|
|MySQL Password:||Your MySQL database password|
|MySQL Database Name:||yourdomaincom|
|Url to your blog:||http://cgi.yourdomain.com/blog/|
|Path to bBlog:||/var/www/sites/yourdomain.com/blog/bblog/|
You'll see a line of numbers and the word done. Click on the Next
button at the end.
Plugins will then be loaded. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the
You should then be informed that your configuration file has been written. Click
the Next button to continue.
Log into your CGI server and move to your the bblog directory in your
blog directory. Delete the install.php file, and the install folder.
Set the config.php file permissions to back to 644.
Point your web browser to http://cgi.yourdomain.com/blog/bblog/ replacing
yourdomain.com with your actual domain name. Log in with your new username
Click on the Options link in the left side menu. From here you can finish
configuring your blog the way you'd like.
To create an entry, click on the Post link in the left side menu. To
manage your blog entries, click on the Archive link in the left side
menu. There are other features to this blog which you may want to explore. For
more information, consult the
I get a database error when I try to run bBlog.
Be sure that you have set up the configuration properly. For more information, please see
I get a database error when I try to run a script that accesses the MySQL database.
If you have any problems or questions about bBlog, please contact
the author at the bBlog site.
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link to view our installation tutorial.