Introduction to Freebok guestbooks
The guestbook works on the Internet in the same way as it's real-life
counterpart. Guestbook is an easy way to allow your website visitors to write
their greetings and comments about your site. Nowadays guestbooks are almost a
standard feature on a web site.
Here you'll find a brief description of the Freebok guestbook features. At a
first glance the feature list may seem long and some terms hard to grasp. In
practice you don't need to understand these terms to use the guestbook; the
guestbook is fully functional right after you create it. You'll learn to use
the extra features when you need them.
Please note that almost all of these features are optional. E.g. if you
don't want to be notified by email about new guestbook messages you are able to
disable that feature.
Sharing guestbook management with another user
If the guestbook is used on a page that has more than one author you can
share ( i ) the guestbook
management with another user.
Multiple guestbooks using one User Account
You can easily manage multiple guestbooks using one account if you have more
than one homepage or you want to use multiple guestbooks for some other reason.
Multiple message types
The guestbook may contain several different types of messages. You can use
the guestbook management pages to delete or move the messages as needed.
- Guestbook messages
These are normal guestbook messages that are visible to all guestbook viewers.
- Private messages
Private messages are visible only to you in the guestbook management pages
- Moderated messages
Moderation is a guestbook feature that allows you to review new messages before
you make them visible (or remove them) in the guestbook.
- Message archive
You can archive the messages that you consider important.
- Recycle bin
Messages that you remove will be moved to the recycle bin. You can restore the
messages from the bin in case of accidental removal.
You'll be notified by email whenever there is new message submitted to your
Automated message acknowledgement
You are able to create an email message that will be automatically sent to
whoever signs the guestbook and provides email address.
Automatic message removal and archieving
You can define a timelimit which is used to automatically remove or archive
messages that are older than the limit indicates.
Form or Template layout
The guestbook layout can be modified by two alternative methods; using web
forms or by using Template layout.
Modification options for Form layout
The Form layout contains question fields that you edit in order to change the
guestbook layout. This form of modification should be familiar to most
users. Here is a short (incomplete) list of what can be changed by using the
- Guestbook question fields
- Title and header texts
- Layout of the question fields
- Layout of the message
- Font, background image, separator lines, etc.
- Colors (texts, background, links etc.)
Template layout modification options
With Template layout the guestbook page will be constructed using HTML code that
you have complete access to. This way you have complete control over the
Freebok uses a template engine called
Velocity ( i ) to render the guestbook pages.
Velocity allows you to add dynamic content to a HTML page by using simple yet
powerful scripting language, the Velocity Template Language (VTL).
Template layout is a non-free plus feature.
The moderation feature allows you to read new guestbook messages before they
are displayed in the guestbook. This is a very good method to discourage
Message timelimit is used to limit how often messages can be written from one
web address. Timelimit is an efficient method to prevent flooding.
New messages cannot be entered from IP addresses that are listed in the black
Profanity filter is a case insensitive list of words that cannot be written
to your guestbook.
These features are available for a small fee
Guestbook plus features include:
- 500 additional messages (total max. 1000 messages)
- No advertisements in the guestbook
- Freely definable layout with
Template Layout ( i )
Please note that
VIP members ( i ) may use plus features for all of their guestbooks free of charge!
The number of messages in the guestbook is limited. You may increase the
message limit to up to ten times compared to the default limit.
Thanks to Unicode many International languages are supported.