PPPPPPPPPP OOOOOO SSSSSSS TTTTTTTTTTT PPP PPP OOO OOO SSSS SS T TTT T PPP PPP OOO OOO SSS TTT PPPPPPPPPP OOO OOO SSSS TTT PPP OOO OOO SS SSSS TTT PPP OOOOOO SSSSSSSS TTT AFFILIATE =========================================================== POST Affiliate version 1.0 Copyright (C) 2003 Maros Fric Official Website: http://www.webradev.com/postaffiliate/ Support: via email =========================================================== Thank you for downloading POST Affiliate version 1.0 THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE IS COMPLETELY AT YOUR OWN RISK! --------------------------- GNU License --------------------------- This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA ------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ WHY POST Affiliate & History When I was looking for free PHP scripts for affiliate system, I found out PHP-Affiliate (version 1.2). Firstly I wanted just to customize it and use it, but soon I realised it is a code of poor quality. It is based on good ideas which can be reused, but the code had to be rewriten from a big part. So I improved the code, corrected major security holes and other problems. It took me 2 days to come out with first version of POST Affiliate, and this is the result. It has the same set of features as PHP_Affiliate and some advantages: - can work if register_variables is Off - few security fixes (some of them serious) - better basic design - better logic and action flow ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ UPGRADING FROM PHP AFFILIATE v1.2 There was no change in database so far, so just copy the scripts. Of course you should backup first. The header and footer files were renamed from header.290, footer.290 to standard header.php, footer.php. Admin has its own set of header and footer files. There will be some changes in database in the next release in order to make some new features (see TODO) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ TODO - history of sales and click throughs - confirmation on serious actions (such as delete) - better security - multi language support - admin can change password - mass emails to affiliates - dynamic configuration of amounts, etc. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ REQUIREMENTS - PHP 4 or higher - PERL regular expressions support for PHP - it is part of PHP installation in majority of cases - MySQL The program has been tested on UNIX (BSD) and Windows plaforms, and should work on all platforms where PHP and MySQL are running. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ INSTALLATION - download and unzip the scripts - create MySQL database and it's contents. Assuming you have phpMyAdmin installed: - Copy the contents of database.sql - Paste it into the text box on phpMyAdmin underneath "Run SQL query/queries on database affiliates:" - Press 'Go' and the tables will be created for you. - Change password of admin; -- type the following into the same box: ('newpassword' should be your new admin password UPDATE admin set pass = 'newpassword' where user = 'admin'; - Press 'Go' again and the password will update - open the 'affconfig.php' file in your favourite text editor - For $domain, replace "www.domain.com" with the web address to your site. eg. We would put "www.organicphp.com", you could be "example.domain.com" or "www.domain.com/~you". Do not end with a forward slash (/) or start with "http://" - For $server, replace "localhost" with the address to your MySQL server. It is nearly always "localhost", although check with your host if unsure. - For $db_user, replace "username" with the username you have made or have been given for your MySQL database. - For $db_pass, replace "password" with the password you need to access your MySQL database. Make sure you give the username a password, or anyone can enter and change your database. - For $database, replace "affiliates" with the name of your MySQL database, this could be anything, it's up to you (or your host!) - For $currency, replace "UK Pounds" with the currency that you will be paying your affiliates in. e.g. US sites may enter "US Dollars". - For $emailinfo, replace with your email address. - $yoursitename is simply your site name - $lang is 'eng.php' - there will be support for multiple languages later - Save these changes and exit the file - Next open the file 'check1.php' in your favourite text editor - For $payment, replace "5.00" in variable $payment with the amount you would like to pay your affiliates for every successful sale that they have sent you. If you would like to pay different amounts for different products, duplicate the 'check1.php' file making files 'check2.php', 'check3.php' etc. and enter the different payment amounts in each. - !!!SECURITY WARNING!!! for security reasons, you should rename files check1.php, check2.php etc. into meaningless random generated names (for example v1df23gfd3.php). It will protect you from too smart affiliates that would like to add more sales than they originally make. If your affiliates know that you are using POST Affiliate, or PHP Affiliate!, they can guess you are using files check1.php, etc. from standard installation, and invoke script check1.php manually. The script will add non existing sales to the database. That's why you should rename those files (only check1, check2, ...) into hard-to-guess meaningless names. - Open your main page (most probably 'index.php') in your favourite text editor - main page must be PHP script - Enter the following code above the tag and any other code: - Save the changes and exit the file - Upload all of the files in their present directory structure to your hosting account, using your preferred FTP program. The files and folders must be uploaded into the Document Root where your HTML files are. - To reward your affiliates you need to add the following line to the top of your order confirmation page: !!!SECURITY WARNING!!! as mentioned before you should rename file check1.php into meaningless name, lets say 'hfgjsdgfjhsdg.php'. Then you should add line not Dont copy this example of meaningless name. Make your own!!! By adding this code to the page after an order has been submitted, you prevent affiliates from being awarded from people just going to the order page. Remember that you will need seperate order forms or confirmation pages if you want to award affiliates with different amounts. - If you wish to customise the look of POST Affiliate, replace the HTML in the files header.php and footer.php from the 'user' directory, in your favourite text editor. - Installation is now complete! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ THE USE OF POST Affiliate Users can sign-up to your affiliate program by going to: http://www.yourdomain.com/user/signup.php They can view their statistics at: http://www.yourdomain.com/user/index.php Their links to your site will be as follows: http://www.yourdomain.com/index.php?ref=username (where 'username' is their username) You can manage your affiliate system at: http://www.yourdomain.com/user/admin/index.php If you have not changed the password in the MySQL database yet, the password is 'pass456'. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ GETTING HELP FOR POST Affiliate You can send me email to mark@mylinks.sk. For non-commercial support I cannot guarantee I'll answer on time or at all, but I'll try my best. If you need help with integrating POST Affiliate or adding new features and you are willing to pay for it, contact me by email.