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Dreaded FP Guestbook does not work

Posted on 2004-08-24
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I use Front Page 2000. I used the guestbook template to create a guestbook. FP Extensions are turned on at my server. However, I cannot get the guestbook to work properly on my server. The book comes up fine, and you can enter comments. When the comments are submitted, I get an HTTP 404 error. FP Guestbooks are supposed to send to a guestlog.htm that it creates. It did not create one, so I did. Doesn't seem to have made a difference. The site is http://eriador1.com/lastcall/welcome.htm, if anyone would care to take a look; maybe make a suggestion. The gbook is within a frame, but I don't see what difference that would make. Thanks.
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by:seanpowell
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It looks like the code may have gotten a little confused.
Try replacing the FP code with the following, and then let me know... Failing that, there's something going on with the extensions that we'll need to debug.

<html>

<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">
<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 4.0">
<meta name="ProgId" content="FrontPage.Editor.Document">
<title>Guest Book</title>
</head>
<body background="img/bigBlackbackground.jpg">

<p align="center"><img border="0" src="logo2.gif" width="346" height="115"></p>
<p align="center"></p>
<hr>
<p><font color="#FFFFFF">We're glad you stopped by for a visit. Tell us what you
think about our web site. If you've seen one of our shows, we'd appreciate
feedback on that as well. This is a public guest book; your thoughts will be
shared with all other visitors. Thanks. Hope to see you at one of our shows,
very soon. - <font face="Viner Hand ITC">Tracy</font></font></p>

<form action="--WEBBOT-SELF--" method="POST">

<!--webbot bot="SaveResults" U-File="guestlog.htm"
S-Format="HTML/BR"
S-Label-Fields="FALSE"
B-Reverse-Chronology="TRUE"
S-Email-Format="TEXT/PRE"
S-Email-Address="lastcall@eriador1.com"
B-Email-Label-Fields="TRUE"
S-Date-Format="%d %b %Y"
S-Time-Format="%I:%M %p"
S-Builtin-Fields="REMOTE_USER Date Time"
-->

<h2><strong><font color="#FFFFFF">Add Your Comments</font></strong></h2>
<p><textarea name="Comments" rows="8" cols="52"></textarea></p>
<p><input type="submit" value="Submit Comments"> <input type="reset" value="Clear Comments"></p>
<p><font color="#FFFFFF">
<em>After you submit your comments, you will need to reload this page with your browser in order to see your additions to the log.</em>
</font></p>
</form>
<!--webbot bot="Include" TAG="BODY" U-INCLUDE="guestlog.htm" -->
<hr>
<h5><font color="#FFFFFF"><br>
Copyright © 2004 by TALC, LLC.&nbsp; All rights reserved.</font><br>
Revised: <!--webbot bot="TimeStamp" S-TYPE="Edited" S-FORMAT="%d %b %Y %H:%M:%S %Z" -->.</h5>

</body>

</html>
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by:aluin
ID: 11891471
I CnP'd your text into the page via the online editor, just to avoid any complications my version of FP introduce. Unfortunately, I get the same results. Could the FP extensions be version specific? And thanks for offering to help.
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by:seanpowell
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Hmm - no, you need to put the code into FP and save it normally to test.
(Try and stay away from the Online Editor - whatever that is...)
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by:aluin
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Okay, CnP'd into FP and uploaded that file. It kept the coding this time. Thank you. :-). Same results, tho': when comments are added, the guestbook cannot locate the "guestlog.htm" file called out in the code. Any chance that "guestlog" needs to be in a particular folder on the server?

BTW, the online editor is just that, an editor that allows me to edit the html from the server. For corrections, etc. I did not use it this time. :-)
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by:aluin
ID: 11896105
Sean,

I've done some more online research. Here's what I found. Forms have to be "published" via http. Not ftp. My apologies for not mentioning that in my first post. Your code certainly helped. But what finally got this going was looking in the _vti_cnf file. That still had the references to my hard drive. Don't know why, but it did. So, the book works now. With one exception. I have a black background and need the font to be white. The entries are coming up in black. Any suggestions on how to fix that? :) Thanks for all the help.

Ken
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by:aluin
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Hmmmm. Guess I'll make one more post in this. Maybe someone will see it and get some use out of it. I have finally fixed my guestbook problem. There were two very critical aspects that I had missed.

1. FP Forms have to be published via http, not ftp. I found that on a different help site. Would be nice if MS had included that message up front .

2. Whatever FP Extensions my server was using do not include those for Return Mail authorization. "S-Mail=" is bad news for me. Too bad. I really wanted the return mail when a comment is posted.

Hope this helps someone.

Ken
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by:seanpowell
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Sorry aluin,
Had a crazy day yesterday. I am so glad you got the form working - I didn't think to ask about how you were publishing...

The font appears white here, so I assume you got everything fixed. If all is well, we can PAQ the question for future and refund your points for you.

Thanks,
Sean
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