In this article I will explain the basic Noah’s Classifieds features, show you how to install this script and how to setup it to run properly. First of all let’s mention that Noah’s Classifieds script is written in PHP can be used for free. Noah’s Classifieds is one of the most popular classified ads tool on the Internet. Using this great script you can create unlimited categories and subcategories, upload images for the categories and the advertisements, define variable fields for the advertisements per categories etc.
Web hosting requirements for Noah’s Classifieds
Before you start the installation process, ensure that your web host offers PHP support (Php4 script module is necessary) and MySQL database. If you are not sure which version of PHP your web hosting provider currently uses, contact their help desk and ask them first.
How to install Noah’s Classifieds
In the first step visit developers website and go to download section. Even thought there is a “Prices” section on their website you can download the script for free. You pay only in case if you need script customization. Download the *.zip or *.tgz archive and extract it on your hard disk. Use your favorite ftp program (Total Commander will do) to upload these files to your web host. Now point your browser to install.php file. The installation process will start. Follow the step by step instructions on the screen. The script will ask you for mysql username, password etc. and will create MySQL tables. The installer will try to make necessary changes in your config.php file. In case your web host doesn’t allow this you have to open config.php in your text editor, edit it manually and then upload to your web host.
Another and easier solution how to install this PHP script is to sign up for a quality web hosting service which offers pre-installed PHP scripts. Then easily go to your control panel, find the section with pre-installed scripts and select Noah’s Classifieds. The installer will do all the job for you. All you need to do is to choose the script you want to install.
How to setup Noah’s Classifieds
OK, let’s suppose the installation process was successfully finished. You can access your admin interface now to do all necessary settings. The most important step will be setting up categories and subcategories. In the beginning you will see four default categories. You can edit them or delete and create a new one. When done you can consider to change the lookup of the script. Go to “i” folder and replace the Noah’s Classifieds banner (the banner image is called headpic.gif), edit header and footer, css styles (edit and upload the style.css file to apply changes) or create brand new template. There is a file called template.php. Edit this file to give your site new, more attractive look.
When you are satisfied with the result you can start to promote your new website. Make a few forum posts about your new project, add your website URL to directories and exchange links with related sites. Over the time your traffic will increase. I wish you a lot of success with this script and many visitors!