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Can I change the format of the poster thumbnails?

In allposters.ini, set the configuration variable called "format" to either "1" or "2". And set "postersacross" and "posterdown" to set the number of posters across/down each page. Beyond these configuration variables, the HTML generated for each poster is not configurable. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are not used.



Can I select all poster categories?

Yes. In allposters.ini, set "categories 0" (that's a zero).



Can I select just one poster category?

Yes. In allposters.ini, set "categories NUMBER" where NUMBER is the AllPosters.com category number. To determine the category number, go to the AllPosters.com website and bring up the posters page you want. Move your mouse over the link in AllPosters.com's navigation sidebar and you'll see a link similar to:

http://www.allposters.com/getthumb.asp?c=c&CID=C6A2F3DE5FF14F98A0D009CEA9B53E00&search=16696&b=cat10136979816696

The search= number is the category number. Use that number. In the above example, the category number is 16696.

Note: allposters.pl was designed to work with a lot of poster categories -- it was not designed to work with a single category. If you want to create a website with a single category or single webpage, then you might want to try AllPosters.com's "Posters Stores" (login to allposters.com and click on "LinkBuilder" then "Posters Stores").



Can I include posters using a javascript <SCRIPT> tag?

No, not using our allposters.pl script. The allposters.pl script creates HTML webpages. It does not work as a <SCRIPT> tag. Use our apws.pl script if you want to do that.



Why are some posters missing compared to the AllPosters.com website?

The allposters.pl script uses a datafeed file that we supply. AllPosters.com may have added posters to the AllPosters.com website since the last time we created the allposters.pl datafeed file. When a new allposters.pl datafeed file is available, an announcement email will be sent out to allposters.pl users.



Why do all links go to the AllPosters.com home page?

The demo version of allposters.pl has all links go to www.allposters.com and do not contain any AllPosters.com affiliate ID. In the full version of allposters.pl, links go to each poster and contain your AllPosters.com affiliate ID. To turn the demo version into the full version, you need to obtain an allposters-key.txt key file from us. Click here to request key.



I don't have telnet/SSH access into my server. Can I still use allposters.pl?

You can run the allposters.pl script on your Windows PC computer (you have to install ActivePerl first). The allposters.pl script will create HTML files on your computer's hard drive. You can then FTP those HTML files from your hard drive up to your web server.



Do I install allposters.pl in my cgi-bin directory and then run it in my web browser?

No. The allposters.pl script is not a script such as a "guestbook" script. The allposters.pl script is a "run once" type of script. You run allposters.pl and it creates HTML files -- it does not create dynamic output "on the fly". Note: For dynamic output, use our apws.pl script

If you have telnet/SSH access into the command line prompt of your linux/unix server, then you can login and run allposters.pl directly on your server. If you do not have telnet/SSH access, then you can run the allposters.pl script on your Windows PC computer (you have to install ActivePerl first) to create HTML files and then FTP those HTML files up to your server. Note: Running allposters.pl directly on your server (rather than on your Windows PC) is faster since you won't have to FTP the created HTML files since they will be created directly on your server.



How do I integrate Associate Engine to show keyword-related amazon.com products on my poster pages?

First, Associate Engine (the amazon.com script) is a separate product that you must puchase a license to use. If you already have a license, you can use it on more than one of your websites, such as on your posters website. Note: Try out the free demo before purchasing a license.

Once Associate Engine (AE) is installed on your server, you can configure allposters.pl to use it in the created poster HTML files.

  1. In allposters.ini, set the amazonpl configuration variable to the relative URL of ae.pl on your server (e.g.: "/cgi-bin/ae.pl").

  2. You'll also need the allposters-include/ directory found in the allposters-######.zip (.tar.gz) file so if you deleted that directory (or didn't upload it to your server if you're running allposters.pl on your server) then get allposters-include/ from the .zip (.tar.gz) file.

  3. And, in your template file t0.html you will need to have <!--include--> where you want the AE results included. In the created poster HTML files, there will then be <SCRIPT> tags that call AE.

  4. If you would prefer SSI (Server Side Include) statements instead of <SCRIPT> tags, then edit allposters.ini and set amazonSSI to yes.



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