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cgi-bin positioning and domain display
Feb 15th, 2011 at 12:50pm
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Hi there,

I hope someone can help, I added a Yabb forum to a sports related website many years ago, and wanted to return and give it another go. I was able to install it with no issues using default settings (folder locations, etc.)

This time, I would like to place it correctly on a website, such as in "www.mywebsite.com/forum". I tried this last week and although it functioned, the display/formatting was completely broken. I tried to change file paths but it made no difference. As you will all know, it's a massive bore going through the file structure and changing permissions, so when I give it another go, I don't want to get it wrong!

So the question is:

On my website I have the file structure:

www.mywebsite.com/cgi-bin
www.mywebsite.com/forum
www.mywebsite.com/forum/cgi-bin

And I was wondering whether I should put the cgi-bin files in the folder closest to the root (that was created by default by my hosting), or in the cgi-bin folder I created within the forum folder?

Question 2, about structure.

I was also going to throw the public_html/yabbfiles straight in the 'forum' folder. So that the path of (for example) the smilies folder would be "mywebsite.com/forum/smilies".

I hope this all makes sense!

Really look forward to any response and thanks in advance!

Chris
  
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Re: cgi-bin positioning and domain display
Reply #1 - Feb 15th, 2011 at 4:11pm
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Well, I've re-installed it and everything seems fine. I played it safe and used this structure, which is nothing like I wanted:

mywebsite.com/forum/cgi-bin/forum

mywebsite.com/forum/yabbfiles

If anyone can advise me on how to change it, so that a sub-domain can be used for the web address (i.e. forum.mywebsite.com).

I've seen many forums and they look a bit like this:

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/

I also wonder if "YaBB.pl" in the cgi-bin folder can be renamed to 'index.html' for instance, so that a user can simply type forum.mywebsite.com into the browser.

Again, any contributions welcome!
  
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Reply #2 - Feb 15th, 2011 at 4:42pm
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Sorry, little update. So far it looks like I can only get away with this:

forum.mywebsite.com/cgi-bin/forum

where 'forum' is the folder within the cgi-bin folder. Ideally at best in this scenario, I'd prefer 'forum.mywebsite.com' itself to the cgi-bin. This way it would be 'THE' web address.

I have seen the index file so that does make things better so far as web addresses are concerned.
  
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Reply #3 - Feb 15th, 2011 at 5:12pm
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Hope I'm not talking to myself, but I'm just trying to be helpful.

I found a nice solution to shortening the url. I went to my hosting and got "forum.mywebsite.com" to be sent directly to the folder within the cgi-bin. Nice and simple.

Hope I haven't wasted anyone's time...other than my own!
  
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Reply #4 - Feb 15th, 2011 at 5:21pm
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Well glad you got it working ......
   We have lives too, not here every minute.
  
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Reply #5 - Mar 12th, 2011 at 8:21pm
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Well glad you got it working ......
  We have lives too, not here every minute.

That's completely understandable - hopefully I've saved someone some time.
  
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