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    wordpress will work. it auto detects spammers and gives your mom the authority to accept comments or deny them. itts much easier than policing it on the frontend itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m3n0tu18, post: 217505
    wordpress will work. it auto detects spammers and gives your mom the authority to accept comments or deny them. itts much easier than policing it on the frontend itself.
    Ok, I guess I'll have to learn how to use wordpress. Do I do the comment system via plug-in, or what?
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    Okay, I got up to the Authentication Keys in WP installation, but I'm not sure how to proceed. It tells me to either install in my root or subdirectory. Should I follow these steps even if I want to only use it for a certain page on my site?
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    Ahhh man, this stuff is simple with a couple of php pages if you want to keep it procedural. Wordpress is good but only if you want to recreate your whole site within it. Which is easy enough!

    You can download captcha scripts for php if you want. There is an easy method of using a 0-9 +/- 0-9 maths sum which tends to do the trick very easily if you wanted. Depends how much traffic the site gets really.

    You could have a 1 page content manager as well if you wanted. Set up a fixed username and password and just use it to manage your guestbook, add ip's to the ban list or remove from the ban list which will be in the database.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ganners, post: 217523
    Ahhh man, this stuff is simple with a couple of php pages if you want to keep it procedural. Wordpress is good but only if you want to recreate your whole site within it. Which is easy enough!

    You can download captcha scripts for php if you want. There is an easy method of using a 0-9 +/- 0-9 maths sum which tends to do the trick very easily if you wanted. Depends how much traffic the site gets really.

    You could have a 1 page content manager as well if you wanted. Set up a fixed username and password and just use it to manage your guestbook, add ip's to the ban list or remove from the ban list which will be in the database.
    I don't have enough PHP knowledge to create it myself.. I do want the one page manager. Can you throw together some steps for me to follow from where I left off?
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    Sure man, here are some steps, give them a go and if you get stuck I'll try and help you learn it (probably end up making it for you ).

    1. You need to create two tables in your database. A guestbook table (id, guest_name, guest_email, guest_message, message_date, rating, approved) and IP ban table (id, ip_address, date)
    2. You should put in some dummy content if you have phpMyAdmin to your guestbook table, the first step should be to get this content to show on a page!
    3. Create your guestbook page for the public to see. You'll need to learn how to connect to the database and how to then fetch data with an sql query (there are kabillionz of tutorials for this on the interwebs)
    4. Perhaps on the same page underneath this you'll want to start just with a HTML form which contains textboxes for name and email. A textarea for the main message, and if you want to chuck in a rating then maybe a drop down box with options 1-5. Also throw in a hidden field with name of "action" and value of "submit_review" or something.
    5. You should probably use post for this data, post to the same page you are on.
    6. You should then do, at the top of the page, an if statement to check if action isset, and if it is == to "submit_review" and then if it is, submit this data to the database with an insert query.

    That should be the first step. Once you have this done, you should probably move to validation. So checking if the fields actually contain content and if the email address is in the correct format and all that. But let me know how you get on with the above list anyway.
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    Create the tables in the same database that wp uses, right?
    Sounds really complicated but I'll take it in baby steps. Thank you so much for the help!
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    You don't need WordPress if you use his solution, lol

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    WDF Staff George Dolidze's Avatar
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    Oh.. I thought he was helping with WP.
    That's cool though, I was trying to avoid WP anyway.
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    Avoid WP unless you want to redo the whole site in it...


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