Installation

  Please follow the following directions to install NP Subscriber PRO. I would recommend that you read through the instructions and understand them before you actually begin installing.

  1. Edit the path to Perl. Edit all .cgi files so that the first line of each is the path to Perl on your server. It's usually something like #!/usr/bin/perl or #!/usr/local/bin/perl or something similar. If you're unsure of this path, consult your host.
  2. Upload. Upload all .cgi files (and the file "common") to your CGI-BIN, or to whatever folder you want to keep the files in (as long as you can execute scripts from the directory) by ASCII mode. Make sure all of the files are in the SAME directory! In fact, I very strongly recommend that you create a seperate directory for Subscriber (such as mail or newsletter). Also, not using ASCII mode will cause the script to not work. Also, the bounced.cgi is special. If you intend on using the bounced email filtering feature, please follow the instructions for it located on another page of this manual.
  3. Modify permissions. If your server supports it (almost all *nix-based hosts will), modify the permissions (CHMOD) of the CGI files and directory they're in to 755 (-rwxr-xr-x).
  4. Run firstrun.cgi. Open your browser and load up the URL to your firstrun.cgi file. Follow the on-screen instructions for setting up your list.
  5. Log in. Once you've configured your script and your first list, you're home free! That wasn't so hard, was it? Just make sure that once you're done you delete firstrun.cgi so that somebody can't come along and reset everything! Also, if you're upgrading from NP Subscriber (free version), please proceed on to the next section. If you're not, make sure to delete upgrade.cgi as well.

NOTE: I HIGHLY recommend that you test all of the functions of the script that you're going to be using before adding a subscription form to your webpage. This way, you can sort out any problems you might encounter while using the script yourself, instead of having end users stumble over them.

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