How to install Arfooo

HabschnedThere’s a poor soul having trouble to get his Arfooo Link Directory working over at 000webhost.com. I figured i could do a quick tutorial on how getting Arfooo installed at 000webhost.com. Well, the thing is that the Arfooo installer works right out of the box, you don’t have to mess with configuration files or make any other changes (except one to the .htaccess file,  more about that at the end of this tutorial). The installation is straightforward for the most part though and you should be able to have your own link directory up and running within just a few minutes.

Step 1: Downloading and extracting Arfooo

Grab the latest copy of Arfooo from Arfooo.net. The latest version seems to be Arfooo 2.0.2 which dates back to 2009 or 2010. Considering that there hasn’t been an update for 5 years and factoring in that their support forum seems abandoned (judging by 90% of the recent threads being spam posts which are not taken care of) i really recommend looking for another directory script. Seriously. But if you insist on using Arfooo then just download the most recent version from their site. The archive comes as .zip file which needs to be extracted first. Either use the Zip/Unzip option available in your Operating System or grab a tool like WinRAR or 7-Zip to extract the archive.

Arfooo Directory Index

When done extracting you should have a folder with the name “arfooo-2.0.2” at the location you extracted the archive to. This folder holds all files necessary to run Arfooo on your website. The entire content of the archive needs to be uploaded to your hosting account now.

Step 2: Uploading Arfooo via FTP

This step should not be hassle-free too. Grab a FTP client of your choice (i highly recommend FileZilla), configure it with the details of your hosting account (usually user name, ftp server and password) and transfer all the files and folders to your public_html directory. If you cannot download a FTP client for any reason then you might be able to use Windows Explorer as FTP client.

Arfooo FTP Upload

Don’t quote me on the name of your document root folder.

Typically it is something like public_html or www. If in doubt then please contact your host for assistance in finding out the name of your document root folder. Another very important thing coming up now:

Make sure to only upload the contents of the arfooo-2.0.2 folder, not the actual folder itself, to your public_html folder. Should you fail to do so and upload the entire folder instead  then your Arfooo installation is located at http://www.yourdomain.com/arfooo-2.0.2 which looks crap, right?

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