This is where you can enter
a member's user ID or email address. By then pulling up a member
you can edit any of their info or delete the member by clicking
the remove member link on the result page that comes up. You can
also add a brand new member directly from there as well.
membership levels link will take you to the area where you can
add or edit the free membership & any upgraded membership
levels. By clicking edit on any of the memberships you can then
set the cost, how often you want to charge for an upgraded
membership, lifetime for a one time fee, or monthly or yearly.
You can set up whether or not you want members of each level to
get random referrals. The rank option lets you determine how
frequently each membership will be assigned random referrals via
a number where 1 is the lowest.
Level Upgrade Page Text area is the html code which gives a
description of what the specific membership level offers. If you
are not very familiar with html you may want to leave this
alone. You would want to hit the Continue link to continue
editing the info. The next page allows you to set up the % of
hits earned for members via their downline activity.
is simply the member number you want to get any random referrals if
you don't offer random referrals or don't have a lot of upgraded
members. It is set up for member 1000 by default as that is also
the administration account initially set up. This can of course
be changed to any member number that you would like it to be.
This area is
pretty straight forward. You can send an email to an individual
member, or to all members. Just enter the subject line &
then the text you want to appear in the email.
Traffic Site Functions
under the Traffic Site Functions heading you will see a Last
Stats Email listing & a compose and send now link. By
clicking the link you can then send a special email to all
members which will update them on their stats. It will show
members their personal credits earned, referral credits earned,
credits used & credits available. It will also show the
member the total number of sites they have set up as well as
their user ID & password. These are informative, but keep
them to a minimum as too many of them can be very annoying to
you can add a new site & enter the info under any member
number wanted. You can view all sites for any member by entering
their member number or email address. You can also pull up any
individual site by entering the site number.
Sites, Hotlinks & Banners
If any new
hotlinks or banner impressions are waiting for you to review
they will show in this area under Traffic Site Functions at the
very top & will show as Pending. You can then review &
approve them to put them into rotation or deny them by removing
them. If any sites are reported as causing a problem or breaking
your site terms they will also show here as pending for review.
In your webmaster email address you get an auto email each time
a new site is added, a new person joins your program, or there
are site reports. You can review the email from there for the
reason for the site report & test the reported site
yourself. Remember members get to automatically approve their
sites as long as they are not frame breakers after 30 seconds,
but that doesn't mean their site is necessarily appropriate so
it is important to surf frequently yourself & rely on member
to report any sites causing problems. When you click the Report
button from the surfing frame it will give members a list of the
last 5 sites visited so this makes things very easy to find
is where you can enter the URL of a site that you would like to
ban from the program. Once it has been entered, when a member
tries to put a banned site into rotation the script will of
course inform them that they can't add it. Enter the Site
Address without the http:// part: (www.Heavy.com)
you can enter a member's email address or user number to view an
individual member's banners. You can also display ALL
banners which are set up to be shown on the surfing frame. This
area ONLY deals with banners which will be shown on the surfing
frame. Members get the ability to list their banners here to be
shown on the surfing frame as long as they are active & have
credits available in their account. The very cool thing is, that
these banner impressions are absolutley free to members & do
not use any of their credits. These are completely different
than the rotating banners you see at the top of all the site
pages. Those will be covered in a different section.
you can add text links that will show on the surfing frame. You
also can view all hotlinks at once. Like the banner impressions
on the surfing frame these are free for active members & do
not use any type of credits. They will be in rotation as long as
the member is active & has credits available in their
the credit maintenance area you have a credit report link
which will show you a reporting of the credit status of all
members. The Join Bonus Not collected shows you members that
joined but have not yet surfed enough sites to qualify as active
& get their signup bonus. The credit check gives yet another
in depth accounting of members, their sites, when they last
visited, how many credits are available etc.
can enter any member number or member email and see the
available credits they have and have used when clicking the
retrieve member button. You will also see a credit adjustment
blank area. You can add credits to any member's account here by
entering the number of credits you wish to add, you can subtract
credits by placing a minus sign in front of the number such as
-100 & this will decrease credits of a member. When selling
credits to members this is where you go to add their credits to
their account. If the member has auto credit allocation set for
on it will automatically distribute the
new credits among their sites. If they don't have the auto
allocation on then their credits will be available in their
account for them to allocate at their convenience.
area is where you control a lot of important site variables. The
Site Visits to Collect Join Bonus are the credits a new member
gets after they visit a number of sites. This is where you set
that number. The Ratio Increase Percentage is the surf ratio
bonus a member gets after surfing so many sites. Default is set
at 5%. The next variable: Ratio Increase Visits is the number of
sites a member must surf to then get the increased surf ratio
percentage set just above. The Next Day Percentage is the surf
ratio percentage increase the member will automatically enjoy
the following day and the Next Day Increase Visits are the
number of sites the member must surf to get the bonus for
tomorrow. Default is set up for a 10% surf ratio increase the
next day every 50 sites visited.
Security Check Number variable controls how often the captcha
numbers come up on the surfing frame that a member must enter to
continue surfing. The lower the number the more frequently this
security check will come up. Increase this number if you think
this is showing up too often when surfing. The next two
variables control the color of the surfing frame & the color
of the text seen on the surfing frame such as the surf timer
counter. Using the hexadecimal system you can make these two any
colors you can imagine. Do a google search to find out more info
and what code will make which color if you are not too familiar
bottom set of variables control the length of the surf frame
timer, base surf ratio, the signup bonus credits & credits a
member gets when they refer someone else as well as the number
of sites each member can promote. You can set these for free
members and all upgraded memberships. The number of sites you
set for each membership will be the same number of banners &
hotlinks members can set up on the surfing frame. After clicking
on a type of membership, such as the gold membership for
instance, you can also add the number of credits a member will
automatically receive monthly as a result of their membership.
You can set up free members to receive automatic free credits
monthly if you wish as well.
is where you set up all the variables for the member surfing
contests. You can set up daily, weekly, & monthly
surfing contests. You can have all three types available or any
combination of the three. You set the dates for the monthly
& weekly contests to end. Once this is set the script should
automatically reset these variables & assign the credits
each time the contest ends and a new one begins. You can award
up to 10 prizes, and can show stats of up to the top 10 members
in each of the contests. You can choose to only award 1 prize,
or 3 or up to 10. Just enter the number of credits you want to
give to winning members for each specific contest.
section allows you to place the images you want shown when
members are surfing. Obviously if you are happy with what is
there then there is nothing else you need to do. If you do want
to customize these images I would recommend you use images no
more than 50 x 50 in pixels. Generally the smaller the better.
If you plan to replace these images, you will need to upload the
images to your site which you can do through cpanel or using ftp
software. Once the images have been uploaded you just want to
change the image URL to direct to where you saved them.
section allows you to give extra bonus credits to members who
will be randomly awarded one of the three credit amounts you
choose as they surf. The more they surf the more often they will
encounter this random award. The surfing image link is to put a
graphic image that will appear at the top of the white page they
will see that tells them they won some random credits.
Misc Administration Functions
click this link it will prevent new members from joining. The
only time you would really need to do this would be if you were
doing some type of work directly with the MySQL Database &
wanted to make sure no new members were joining until your
database work was done. Should be very rare that you would ever
use this. If you do click it, you then have to click the link
again to turn the signup ability back on.
This link too
should be very rarely if ever used. This will literally close
the entire site & prevent members or any visitors from being
able to do anything with your site. The idea here is if say you
were doing some major overhaul of the site pages or script in
some way this gives you a way to keep people out until you are
ready for them again. Clicking the link turns the site off,
clicking it again turns the site back on.
Used by search
engines to list your site. This area lets you set up keywords as
well as a description of your site that search engine spiders
will allow you to upload image files from your computer to the
images directory. The image directory must be set to CHMOD 777
full permissions to work properly. This is Turned Off by default
to prevent hackers from having a method of uploading files
directly to your website. If you need help getting images
uploaded to your site let us know.
where you can add or edit any Frequently Asked Questions that
you would like to post answers to so members can refer easily
there for answers to questions they may have. A few basic ones
are already listed. You can add categories & add all the
info you would like & it becomes immediately viewable on the
FAQ page for anyone to view.
This is where
you control the banners that are rotated at the top of all site
pages. These are completely separate from the free rotating
banners members can submit for the surfing frame. Here you can
add or edit any rotating banners. You must give the banner a
name, you can add the member's number so the stats will be
available for their banner advertisement in their member area.
You can add the number of impressions to be shown or put simply
as 0 for unlimited impressions. You can also choose a date for
the banner to stop being shown vs. a number of displays should
you want to offer banner ads for time periods. The banner type
can be Graphic & Forwarding URL in which case you would
enter the website address people will be directed to when
clicking the banner under the forwarding URL space. The graphic
URL is the actual URL for the banner itself. This link should
always end in .gif or .jpg & should always result in a
graphic image. We highly recommend sticking to 468 x 60 pixel
images as this was the space this area was designed for.
Text and Forwarding URL option will allow you to use a text
message vs. an actual graphic image. In this case you would
leave the graphic url area blank & use the text ad lines 1
& or 2 & 3 for whatever text message is to be displayed.
The forwarding URL should still be filled in for the website
address members are sent to when clicking on the text link. The
final option is the Full Banner URL. For this you would only
fill out the Full Banner URL area with the total code all
together. This would include the html code which will specify an
<img src= link & an <a> for anchor code. If you are
not familiar with placing banners in this way you may want to
avoid this option.
This is where
you set up all the advertising options you want to offer to
members. You can add different categories & different
options under each any time you wish to. You would give the
option a name, cost, set the frequency of payment from one time
to a recurring subscription as you wish. Add a description of
what is for sale, & the option sort area lets you assign a
number or letter to the option which will then categorize it in
order under the specific category it was set up in.
area at the bottom lets you offer what options you ask for in
the form the member or advertiser will fill out when placing
their order. If you want to sell banner advertising, you will
want to ask for the forwarding URL & the banner graphic URL
for example. In another area described below it will explain how
to set up paypal & alertpay options for payment. When you
create an advertising option, the script will automatically
write the paypal or alertpay code to create buttons for the
specific advertising option & price. Once your advertising
option is created & saved, it is immediately available for
anyone to purchase, paypal buttons &all.
advertising options of course are credits, rotating banner
impressions, login splash advertising where you can set up an
image that is seen when members first log in, as well as
permanent upgraded memberships. There is an upgrade page that
members will see in their members area if they are free members.
When they click the link they are taken to a page explaining the
upgrade options & paypal and or alertpay buttons will be
there waiting for them. So, you don't have to worry about adding
upgraded membership options to the advertising options section
unless you specifically want to.
where the banners available for members to use for promoting
their referral link for your program are added. You can upload a
banner directly from your computer to the images folder from
here, & you will then be given the URL for that banner
image. Again, your images folder must be set up for full
permissions for this to work & this is set to off by default
for security purposes. When adding a new image, you put the
banner url to be the link given to you where it is saved on the
site & then you need to add the pixel size for the width
& height. Again 468 width & 60 height is the most
common. It is always a good idea to add other size images to
give members a lot of flexibility for promoting your site. Again
let me know if you need help adding new images to the site.
Three Banners come automatically with your site so that there is
nothing else you absolutely have to do in this area unless you
want to add some more.
are quick loading short pages that many members will find useful
for promoting your program. This area is designed for you to add
a Graphic Image URL which will be incorporated into a splash
page. Here is how it works: first add the image you want to be
on your splash page. That means you must add a file ending in
.gif or .jpg. If you try to add a text file, or html file it
will result in an ugly broken link. Make an image 300 x 500, or
whatever size within this range that you like. If you are not
experienced with creating images let me know. Once you have an
image created to promote your site, upload it, & then save
the URL which will be given to you for linking to where the
image is saved on your site. Then click on Add a new splash
page, name your splash page & insert that URL to the splash
graphic URL space & save. This will automatically
place a splash page referral link in Every member's member area.
The script will place the member's name on the splash page along
with the image you just set up. The script will do all this for
you, it will customize the splash page for every single member's
specific referral code & read their name from the database.
There is nothing else you need to do to make this work.
where you set up the advertisements that members are directed to
when they first log in. You can use a splash image or a banner
image, whatever type of image you like. Again this must be a
graphic url ending in .gif or .jpg for this to work right. Add a
new image, name it, put the member number of the member ordering
it, the number of displays purchased and the forwarding &
graphic URLs to set it up. You can have multiple ads here which
are rotated as members log in. When someone is ordering this
advertising option make sure you explain to them they need to
provide you with a graphic file vs. an html type of page for it
someone orders an advertising option from the site, they are
first instructed to fill out a form supplying you with the
information you need to set up their ad. This form is sent to
this area of your administration section for you to review &
set up. In addition, you should be getting an email from paypal
or alertpay which will also confirm you received a payment.
ALWAYS make sure you see the $ for this order in your paypal
account first before setting it up. If this area is blank then
you have no pending orders waiting for review & placement.
You can go to your advertising page from the site & click on
an advertisement order & fill out the form & submit it
to see how this all works. The next step an advertiser sees is a
link to your paypal or alertpay buttons to pay for their order,
so sometimes you may have ads showing up here that have not
actually been paid for so again make sure it is a legitimate
order you have been paid for before setting it up!
Now the fun
part, getting paid. This is where you will add your payment
options to the site. The script is set up to recognize Alertpay,
Paypal & Stormpay. As of this time Stormpay is not
processing any new orders, so you are basically looking at
paypal & alertpay. For paypal, you have one time, monthly
& yearly options. For each option that you may want to
offer, you click on the edit link next to the option & enter
the paypal email address you want payments to go to. For
Alertpay, this only works for their one time payment options. If
you want to offer a subscription payment option via alertpay it
can't be done automatically by the script because of the way
they do their code, so stick with one time payment options only
if using alertpay.
function is specifically for site owners who want to offer some
type of cash rewards to members. Perhaps you want to offer a
share of the income revenue on advertising options, or for
referring members who upgrade or whatever. This is where you can
record income from a member & record any payments you make
to them. This is set up only for you to record this info for
your records and does not automatically credit any member money.
I would recommend avoiding bringing real cash sharing into the
mix for a number of reasons, but if you wish to do so you can
record this information here.
As this function's name would
suggest, you can ban the IP of any member by entering their IP
to the banned list. In addition, you can redirect this member to
another website when they try to visit your site once they have
been banned. This can be really fun, LOL. When a member joins
you get an email in your webmaster email address. It will give
you the IP the member used to join. Now say the same guy from
South Korea joins 10 times with 10 different email addresses but
all the same IP. This is clearly someone trying to cheat. How do
you stop him from joining 150 times? Simply enter his IP to ban
him. For further fun, set your redirect URL to fbi.gov &
watch the cheaters run! If you are not familiar with IPs, it is
always a long number, & is tied to their internet provider
they use. Most of the time this should be a unique number for
each user but sometimes the same IP can be seen with multiple
members from one network or maybe a cable company ISP.
name says, you can ban a member by placing their email address
on the ban list here. Say you find a cheater & delete them
from the program. Once they are no longer in the database, they
could simply join again with same email, unless you ban their
This is a unique feature of
your site that allows you a way to track different advertising
campaigns you may set up. Say you want to promote your site on
Traffic-Crypt.com. You can create a special URL tied to the site
you are going to be advertising on which will track the visit
& record it for you. That way you will be able to see
exactly how many real visitors you are getting to your link. To
set this option up you would add the name of the site you are
going to promote, (your traffic site for instance) your referral
code, the name of the site you are advertising on, & their
main url, http://traffic-crypt.com
in this example, then you would put your username &
passsword for your account with the site you are advertising on
& enter the type of advertising you are doing. After filling
all this in, save it & then it will create a URL you can
place on the site you are advertising on which will then track
all the visits you are receiving. This is a good way to compare
your number with the number the place you are advertising on
provides you to make sure it is the same and that you are
getting what you paid for!
When you click this link, it
will pop up a new window, prompt you to login with your username
& password for your cpanel area & will then take you to
the PhpMyAdmin area of your cpanel which will give you direct
access to the MySQL database. Be VERY CAREFUL in here if you
don't know what you are doing! If you delete any info from your
database then it is simply gone! This area is again password
protected for your security. At the very bottom of this page I
give you specific instructions on how to back up your database
information so that you will always have a copy of all the
database info. Browse to the bottom for that info. You should
not have to do anything in this area other than database
backups. This is why your admin area is so complex, so that you
don't have to be a genius programmer to manipulate and save data
for your site from this area!
Page and Email Text
This last section of the admin
area is where you can control the text & look of some of the
very common and most visited site pages. Basic html knowledge is
a huge plus when editing these pages. You may want to copy &
paste the info from each of these pages & save them as text
files to your computer before attempting to change anything so
that you will have a backup. Please be sure to back the info up
first in case you should accidentally delete any info!
This is where you can edit all
the text, look and feel of the home page index.php file. This is
the page people are going to first when they visit your
This is where you can edit the
text seen on the Program Info page. Normally this is a good
place to explain what your site does, and perhaps the benefits
of membership and upgraded memberships. Any changes made and
saved become immediately visible to anyone visiting this page.
This is where you can edit the
text seen on the member's area main page. Add news members can
see when they log in, instructions on how the member's section
works etc. Again backup your info, and any saved changes become
immediately visible to anyone in their member's area.
This is where you can edit any
text you want seen on the Contacts page where members can fill
out the form to contact you with any questions or comments.
Here you can edit the text you
would want displayed when members visit the site & you have
the site suspended while doing work on the site. Again you
probably won't be suspending the site too often but if you
should, this is what would be displayed when people are visiting
your site while it is down.
This is where you can edit the
text for the Terms of Agreement page.
This is where you can edit the
text seen in the welcome email a new member receives after
joining your site. You want to keep this short and to the point.
Thanks for joining, give some benefits of being a member &
tell them how they should visit & surf often & refer
This completes the breakdown of
all the administration area functions. Now I will explain how to
access the cpanel area of your webhosting account specifically
to read emails set up for the webmaster email account & a
few things you can do with your email. The cpanel setup is a
very powerful set of tools and applications in itself. I will
not go into detail about all the items in there but if you
browse around & look at all the cpanel options you should be
able for figure most of them out on your own.
To Access Email for Your Website
To access your
email for the site you need to login to your cpanel area. This
will be your website name with /cpanel at the end of it which
you initially received in your site info email I sent you when
you bought the site. Login using your cpanel username &
password. Every site has a default webmail email address setup
which is your cpanel username @ your websitename.com. Initially
all your site emails & form info is going to your webmaster
email address so follow these instructions to access your
1. Click on the
Mail option at the top left.
2. Click the
Add/Remove/Manage Accounts link.
3. You will see
a Main Account & the webmaster email address listed below
it. Click the Webmail link for the webmaster email address.
4. Then enter
the password to access your email. This is initially set up to
be the same password as you use for your cpanel access. Then
5. On the next
page click on the Squirrel Mail icon.
6. You are now
in your webmaster email account area. You can read, delete, or
compose new emails from here. All emails sent from here by you
will of course show they are coming from the webmaster account.
From the cpanel Mail area from step number 1 you can set up
email forwarding, set up auto responders, filtering options etc.
Backup the Database Information for Your Website
certainly not least, this will tell you step by step how to
backup all the data in your database. This is probably the
absolute most important thing you need to know how to do to run
your site. If you do not backup your data every day or at least
every few days & ever suffer a database loss, you will have
NO WAY to replace it. That my friend, would simply suck. So, get
in the habit of backing up your database every day. That way you
will always have the latest copy of all data in your database
should you ever be in a position where you would need to replace
You can reach
the area through the cpanel section via the MySQL Databases
link, or much simpler, simply click the Database Administration
link from your admin area of the site. When you do that, it will
ask for your cpanel login info. Enter this & then you are
right where you need to be to start.
1. Look to the
very left menu area of this page. You will see phpMyAdmin &
4 little icon buttons below. Look right below there & you
will see your database name with a number in parenthesis. Click
2. Now in the
main window that comes up look to the very top & find the
Export link & click it.
3. To the left
on the main window, you will see the word Export with a list of
database tables in a box below it. Click the Select All link
below this list of database tables which should highlight them
4. Scroll down
& look right under this same area for a little white box
with Save as file to the right. Click this box. Then look over
to the right & click the Go button.
5. A file
download box should pop up. When it does, click the save button
6. Now choose a
location on your computer where you want to save this file. This
is a file you will be saving which will appear in text format
which will contain all the code to replace your database info.
Give your file a name & click save. This will then copy the
file to your computer. You may want to create a special folder
on your computer specifically to use for your database backup
files. You can of course save them anywhere on your computer
that you would like to store them.
You have now
backed up your database. If you can do this every day, as I
mentioned you will always have a good backup of the database
which is up to date & you will not have to fear ever losing
all your members due to a database loss. This is good common
sense advice coming from someone that learned the hard way that
if you don't back this info up & somehow lose it due to a
server error from your web host that it can not be replaced any
other way. While I do not believe you will likely ever encounter
such a problem, it is always better to be safe than sorry!
If you have any
other questions that are still not answered then please contact