Guestbook - Getting Started
Creating a new guestbook
Create Freebok account ( i ) if
you don't have one yet
Log in to Freebok (m)
- Go to the
Create Guestbook (m) page
- Fill the name field and select the guestbook language
- Submit form with the 'Create guestbook' button
You'll need to change the guestbook name a bit and resubmit the form if the
name you requested is already used by someone else
- Your new guestbook has now been created. Next thing you'll need to do is to
give some information about your homepages in the
Page Information (m) screen
- The guestbook is now ready for action. You can
guestbook links ( i ) to your
how ( i ))
Changing the guestbook layout
All new guestbooks use Freeboks default layout. You are propably not
satisfied with it and want to make changes.
- Go to the
General Settings (m) page.
If you haven't yet logged in you will be prompted for your User
ID and password.
The following page contains general settings regarding the guestbook layout.
The single most important of these is the 'Layout Type' setting. The method
you will be using to change the guestbook layout depends of the Layout Type that
you have selected. These are the options:
Form layout ( i ).
The guestbook layout is defined using web forms. This is the default layout
type for new guestbooks. By using the Form layout it is easy to make changes
and this method is good for those who want to get their guestbook working
quickly. On the other hand possibilities affecting the guestbook layout using
this method are quite limited.
Template layout ( i ).
With the Template layout you can edit the HTML code of your guestbook directly, so
this allows you to make the guestbook to look excactly the way you want. The
guestbook page is written the same way as a normal HTML page; you may use
stylesheets, pictures, music, or any other element. The guestbook messages and
other guestbook related information is defined by using simple programming
commands. This is not difficult but requires a bit of learning.
It is possible to switch from From to Template layout or back at anyt time, but
the changes made to one layout will not be visible in the other.
Your visitors will be able to read your guestbook and sign it by using
these links. The links to your guestbook can also be copied from the
Page Information (m) management page.
Read the guestbook:
Read the guestbook</a>
Sign the guestbook:
Sign the guestbook</a>
Change the 'name' to your own guestbook name. Note that the guestbook
name is case sensitive. Be careful to use the correct name, especially so
if your guestbook name includes capital letters.
You can change the texts in the links or make an imagelink, whatever suits
you the best. In any case make sure that the address to the guestbook is always
the same as in the example.
Adding the guestbook links to homepage
After you have
created ( i )
a new guestbook you'll need to add the
guestbook links ( i ) to your
- If you have made your pages with Notepad or some other text editor you
can add the guestbook links directly to the HTML code
- If you are using FrontPage or some other web page authoring application, add
the guestbook link the same way as other links with that program. If you don't
know how to do that then please consult the application's manual.
- If your homepages are located in a service that provides free space, then
the linking method depends on the service. Usually these services have good
help pages, so that should be the first place to search for help.
guestbook forum ( f ) may
already have topics that discusses your problem. If all else fails, then feel
free to ask in the forum.
Multiple guestbooks with one account
You can create as many guestbooks as you need with single Freebok
account. Additional guestbooks are
created ( i ) in the same way as
the first one.
When your account has more than one guestbook the guestbook management pages
will contain a selection box that you can use to select the guestbook to be
Q: Can I move messages from my old guestbook to Freebok?
If you want to import your old guestbook (created before 10-22-2002) to the
new management pages, you should read the
update instructions ( i ).
Importing the messages from your non-Freebok guestbook is not possible. If
you want to keep your old messages readable to your visitors, you can create a
link that points to your old guestbook ('Read my old guestbook' or something
like that). Make sure that new messages are always written to the new guestbook
by removing old links and / or instructing the visitors to use the new
Adding the Freebok button to homepage
Follow these steps to add the Freebok button to your homepages:
- Copy the image above to your hard drive by clicking right mouse button on
top of it, and selecting 'Save Image As...' (or the equivalent of your
- Add the following code to your page where you want the button to appear
<a href="http://www.freebok.net" target="_top">
<img src="btnad.gif" alt="Freebok" border="0" width="88" height="31"></a>
- Make sure that the path to the image (<img src="...>) points to
the address you will move it in step 4
- Move the image and changed HTML file to server
- Copy the image to your server. Don't link directly to the above image, its
location may change.
- Don't use this button as link to your guestbook. This image should point to
the Freebok front page.