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Installation: Step 1
Installation: Step 1
Installing Form Tools is usually a very simple affair. Generally the only problems arise if you don't have the MySQL information correct or if you're on a Windows server and the permissions on the cache folder aren't right. This section explains how to get the script, upload it to your website, and explains each of the 6 steps of the installation script. It's really easy! Honest!

Getting the script + Uploading

  1. Download the zipfile from the downloads page and unzip the files into a folder on your computer.
  2. With an FTP client, upload the files to your webserver to a location of your choosing. This folder must be accessible via a URL on your site, e.g. http://www.yoursite.com/formtools/
  3. After the files have fully uploaded, boot up your web browser and go to the URL where you uploaded the script. It will automatically take you to the installation script.
Don't see the installation script?

In most cases, you'll now see the installation script and can just follow through the instructions on the page to get Form Tools all configured. However, on some servers (Windows, I'm calling you out!) you may see an error message saying that you need to change the permissions on the /themes/default/cache cache folder. This folder is used to create temporary cache files: it must be read-writable in order for Form Tools to work. Change the permissions to 777 on Unix, or ask your hosting provider to make it read-writable for Windows servers. Once that's done, just refresh the page and you'll be redirected to the installation script. Challenge #1 complete!

The following pages explain each step of the installation script.

Page last updated: Jan 21st, 2012 - 10:30 PM


PermissionsKhanh L at Jan 4th 09, 3:33 PM
themes/default/cache must be created and writeable by nobody/apache.
Templates & cache dirKhanh L at Jan 4th 09, 3:49 PM
Each template must have a /cache/ dir that's writeable.
PermissionsBen Keen at Jan 6th 09, 12:59 AM
The /cache folder is now properly created for all themes (default, Classic Grey & Deep Blue). But yes, the permissions WILL need to be set to writable. Thanks, Khanh!
Not going pass the step4 Andrew Jordan at Apr 14th 10, 1:22 PM
We are doing an install on ver2.0.0
and it will NOT go pass the step 4
we have logged onto the server with ssh and the config
file is there and set, can you tell how how to work around this problem.

Can not pass step 4, same thing happen with Andrew Jordanmonti cristo at Jul 20th 10, 8:30 AM
I also can not pass step 4.
If config.php has been created, i should pass this step and go to Create Admin Account.
I was near to success. Could any guys instruct me !!!!

Thank you,
not all files present in custom downloadGlenn Taylor at Apr 20th 12, 1:27 PM

I used the custom download and only received the modules, themes, global and .svn directories. Nothing else.

Tried it twice with same results.
Custom Build problemBen Keen at Apr 20th 12, 1:35 PM
Hi Glenn,

Thanks for the heads up - you're quite right. I'll give this a look at!

- Ben
This is what I am getting...need helpjerilene shelton at Oct 30th 12, 1:43 PM
Warning: require_once(../../global/library.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/d/r/h/drhubbard/html/unitedloancorp.com/form_builder/index.php on line 3

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required '../../global/library.php' (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5/lib/php') in /home/content/d/r/h/drhubbard/html/unitedloancorp.com/form_builder/index.php on line 3
Installationshalini PS at Feb 5th 13, 9:58 PM
It is failing at the step 2
This page runs a few tests on your system to ensure it's able to run Form Tools.
PHP Version 5.4.3 PASS
MySQL Version mysqlnd 5.0.10 - 20111026 - $Id: b0b3b15c693b7f6aeb3aa66b646fee339f175e39 $

Can some one help me out
Installation can't find formtools pageElaine Goddard at Jun 5th 13, 11:33 AM
Client site uses wordpress that is installed in the root directory.
I created /formtools directory in the root and uploaded all the files.  I verified the permissions on the /themes/default/cache directory.

When I open my browser to http://www.friendswoodmustangband.org/formtools
I receive a 404 page not found message using the wordpress template.

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