We have designed PhotoPost to be easy very easy to install, and we have tested it
on a variety of platforms, including Unix/Apache/FreeBSD and Windows 2000 / IIS 5.0. Please
see our requirements to find out more about what
PhotoPost requires before installation.
|PhotoPost PHP Pro Installation|
Whenever possible, the script will try to
self-correct any problems (like permissions or missing directory); but in
order for the script to do this the files/directories must be setup by you
so that the server has permissions to do these things as per
our instructions below.
Before installing PhotoPost PHP, you need to verify that your server is properly configured
to support it. PhotoPost PHP requires PHP 4.0.2 or greater, MySQL 3.22 or greater, and
ImageMagick 5.3.8 or greater. Verify these requirements with your web host if unsure.
2.) Database Configuration|
If you're using
PhotoPost with an existing forum, you can either use the MySQL database that you're presently
using for your forum for both PhotoPost and your forum, or you can create a separate database
for PhotoPost (in either case, your forum user database will still be used by PhotoPost). If
to, or if you are using PhotoPost by itself, create a MySQL database for PhotoPost and
record the database name and the username and password needed to access it. Be sure to
consult http://www.mysql.com and your web host if
you have questions about installing MySQL or setting up a MySQL database.
If you plan to use PhotoPost with an existing forum, we recommend that you backup your
database before proceeding. PhotoPost is designed to work with the "stock"/unaltered versions
of the various supported forums, not hacked versions. Most hacks should not affect PhotoPost's
use of your forum user database table and usergroups table(s), but backing up is the safest way to go.
New Installations can specify a table "prefix" if you need to install all your tables into a single database. Entering a unique prefix will allow PhotoPost to exist in the same database as other applications without risk of sharing table names.
3.) Downloading PhotoPost, Uploading Files|
Download PhotoPost from our
members area. You will need the username and password that we email to you upon
purchase of a PhotoPost license in order to login to the members area.
Unzip PhotoPost into a directory on your local machine, making sure that you maintain the
directory structure of the zip file. The zip file contains several .php and .sql files as
well as three main directories
called "images", "uploads", "help", "languages", "stylesheets" and "data".
You can either edit your config-inc.php in a text editor (like NotePad) or you can wait until you run the install.php program which will let you review your config-inc.php options and set them there.
If you choose to edit the config-inc.php manually: Edit the values between the quotes on each line of the config-inc.php file to match your
server's settings and your own personal preferences. Use the comments within the file as a guide to each setting. Be careful to
only edit the text between the quotes: don't remove the semicolon from the end of any line or any quotation marks.
If you plan to use PhotoPost's internal user registration
system rather than interfacing with a forum user database, make sure that $database and
$database_bb are both set to the same PhotoPost database.
Before you run Install
First determine if your server has ImageMagick or GD installed, by referencing our requirements page (or ask your web host). If your
server does not have ImageMagick or GD installed, you can install whichever is easiest yourself, you can ask your host to install
one, or you
can purchase our affordable install service to have us install PhotoPost with either ImageMagick or GD (as appropriate) together on your website/server for
GD / GD2 Graphics Users
Some PHP installations include support
for GD/GD2 graphic extensions. You can verify your server's setup by
checking your phpinfo. See our requirements page for
instructions on how
to check your server configuration in the "Testing Your Web Server for
If you plan to use the GD Graphics Library
instead of ImageMagick, you will need to set $usegd = 1 in config-inc.php
for GD 1.x.x or set $usegd = 2 in config-inc.php for GD 2.x.x, or choose
GD1 or GD2 from the dropdown during the install process (see
You will need to know the path to your server's "mogrify" ImageMagick binary executable if you plan to use ImageMagick.
If you don't know the location, run the following command from the command prompt to find it:
You can edit config-inc.php manually now, or you can configure this in step #4 below. For manual config, set $mogrify_command in config-inc.php as:
$mogrify_command = "/your/path/to/mogrify";
or, for NT users:
$mogrify_command = "c:/path/mogrify.exe";
(Note the use of forward slashes, this prevents PHP from confusing paths).
If you are going to run the install.php
to set your configuration (instead of editing config-inc.php by hand), please take note of the path to mogrify for later use during the web based install.
Now create a directory on your web server for PhotoPost. The directory needs to be accessible
via the web. FTP PhotoPost's directories and files from your local machine to your server.
The directory structure on your server should be as follows:
data (chmod 777)
1 (chmod 777 - including subdirectories)
2 (chmod 777 - including subdirectories)
500 (chmod 777 - including subdirectories)
documentation (chmod 755)
forums (chmod 755)
help (chmod 755)
images (chmod 755)
js (chmod 755)
languages (chmod 755)
mobile (chmod 755)
stylesheets (chmod 777)
templates (chmod 777)
uploads (chmod 777)
1 (chmod 777)
Be sure to FTP all .php and .sql files into
the photopost directory. All permissions
for .php and .sql files should be set to chmod 644.
During installation the install script will check your permissions and, if set incorrectly will try to correct them. However, for this to work your web server must have permissions to make changes to these files. If you encouter an error while running Install it is probably because the web server does not have the permissions it needs to make changes or create files. Check your user/group ownership permissions to ensure they match your web server.
4.) Web Installation Script|
Now you are ready to run the web based installation script that will check your
server for PhotoPost's requirements and set up your PhotoPost database. Open
install.php in your web browser and follow the prompts.
Step 1 will let your review and/or set your options in config-inc.php. Your config-inc.php MUST be writable by install for this step to succeed. If you get an error, it is because the server does not have write access to the file. Change permissions to 777 and run again.
Step 2 will test your server for the graphics selection you chose. If you selected ImageMagick, it will look for mogrify at the path you specified. If you selected GD, it will test to make sure the GD library is installed. If either returns an error, then you need to go back and either find the proper path to mogrify - or your server does not support the GD library you selected.
To proceed to the next step, click on "Click here for a FRESH install".
Step 3 will check your database settings. If the server cannot connect to the databases you specified, you will get an error. To fix this you will need to edit your config-inc.php variable settings and hit REFRESH; or restart install.php and edit your selections. Once verified, the install program will begin populating your tables with our data. Finally, the script will ask whether you want to install PhotoPost using its Internal User registration system,
or to instead work with an existing/external Forum user registration system.
Step 4 will prompt you for some server configuration information, and our script tries to guess as to
your server's settings. Please don't assume that the defaults are correct, double
check them. If you are using PhotoPost with a forum, note that the following forum
versions correspond with the selections in the drop down box (those using PhotoPost's
internal registration system can ignore this):
2.2.0 = All vBulletin versions v2.2.0 and newer
2.0.3 = vBulletin versions between 2.0.3 and v2.2.0 (not including 2.2.0)
phpBB2 = phpBB 2.0+ (RC versions not supported)
UBBThreads v6 = UBB Threads versions 6.x
DCForums = DCForums 1.2
InvisionBoard = IPB 1.1.1
Step 5 will set up your user and usergroups database. If you receive an error message at this point, check
your config-inc.php file and be sure that the settings for your $bb_database are correct. Make sure that
your MySQL database for PhotoPost is properly set up and that the username and password
that you're using to access it are correct and that the user has insert, update, delete, and
PhotoPost installation is now complete. Be sure you remove your
install.php file (and the various upgradeXX.php/.sql)files) from your server's
PhotoPost directory to prevent malicious users from altering your
PhotoPost settings. Leave the .sql files in place as they are used later if you reimport usergroups.
To proceed, open the administrative control panel, adm-index.php, in your browser.
If you use vbPortal or vBulletin, you can integrate your forum's look and
feel into PhotoPost. The vbPortal integration displays your vbPortal
top/left side, and bottom, around PhotoPost. The vBulletin integration
displays your default vB header/footer templates with PhotoPost. To
implement this, open header-inc.php and follow the instructions there.
vbPortal users should only edit the vbPortal section (not the vBulletin
section), and those who use vBulletin only should only modify the
IMPORTANT - FOR VBULLETIN 4 ONLY. New plugins included in download.
In the install directory set permissions on the file product_pppro.xml, source-vb4.xml and source-vb42.xml files to 777
2. Go to your photopost admin panel ( http://www.yoursite.com/gallery/adm-index.php ) and hit the option to generate vbulletin plugin xml. That file will download to your computer.
3. Go into your vbulletin admin panel and under plugins & products select the option to manage products. You can then use the add/import product option
and upload the xml file you downloaded to your computer called product_pppro.xml file. Once that is done your forum will show gallery content.
4. Thats it your done!!
IMPORTANT - FOR VBULLETIN 5 ONLY.
1. Make a copy your vb config.php file from vbulletin install and place that copy into your photopost directory.
2. Copy the pp.php file from the install directory into your vBulletin forums root directory ( This is the root directory not any subdirectories ).
Important Note: Once you have finished installing PhotoPost, be sure to remove the PhotoPost zip file from your webserver and store the zip
file on your local PC in a safe place, or burn it to a CDR disc as a backup. Your copy of PhotoPost can be traced back to you and if it is ever
illegally (this has happened!), you can be held liable for that distribution. If you keep the PhotoPost zip file on your PC, make sure you
use a firewall product such as ZoneAlarm (free) to protect
your PC from
hackers, and never give your PhotoPost members area username/password to anyone. Even
third party developers that you hire to do an installation or modification could steal your copy of PhotoPost and illegally distribute it.