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10. Install Smallsite Design

Smallsite Design is installed by running a special PHP program file uploaded to the root folder of the domain where it is to be installed.

Do not install Smallsite Design with any other software for the same domain or subdomain, as they will likely interfere with each other, depending upon which was installed last. Which software uses the domain itself would be dependent upon which is the priority. For example, if Smallsite Design is being used for online help for what the domain is for, even if that is using Smallsite Design as well, it is better installed into a subdomain like help.

For the site to be able to be used, the setup program requires during its running:

  1. a.Installation language – language to be used for the duration of the installation, and is a much smaller selection than that available for the resulting site's Master locale
  2. b.License number – as supplied by the reseller. This is quite long, so cut-and-paste it from the email from the seller
  3. c.Master manager email – full email address to which a temporary password is sent during installation. Also used for operational notifications, but can be modified at any time. It can be a forwarder's alias address so that it can be changed easily if ever compromised
  4. d.Master locale – the language-script-region combination expected to be that used by the site's primary target audience. Cannot be changed after installation, except for the region. Selected from a list of over 500 provided by PHP.

If the License number is entered incorrectly, there will be an opportunity to correct it. The domain name will be extracted from the installation file's url during installation. The Master manager email can each be changed at any time after installation. The email address must already exist prior to installation otherwise the temporary password will not be received. Preferably use an email address from a domain which you control rather than one from a third-party supplier like Gmail, as they may scan the content of your emails, possibly gaining access to confidential information.

The Master locale must be selected carefully because only its region can be changed later. Preferably make it as general as possible. Locales like ar-001 and en-001 cater for worldwide Arabic and English usage, respectively. Other locales can be added as required to cater for pages translated for more particular audiences. For example, the Master locale for a site about Cherokee culture that would be expected to be read by a wide US audience could be en-us while its Cherokee translation can use the chr-us locale, whereas if the site will only ever be used exclusively for Cherokee speakers, chr-us may be the appropriate Master locale.


The role to perform this procedure is: Site owner.

To install Smallsite Design:

1Run the file

by using your browser to visit https://domain/filename,


  1. a.domain is the domain or subdomain into which the installation file has been uploaded and where the site is to be installed, like
  2. b.filename is the full name of the installation file downloaded from step 3 of the Buy Smallsite Design procedure, like:
The Language view of the Smallsite Design installation page is displayed:
Sample Smallsite Design installation: Language page

2Specify the installation language

by clicking on the button for it.

The Status view is displayed, indicating the domain used to access the page:
Sample Smallsite Design installation: Status page

3Verify readiness to install

by clicking the Next button.

The Details view is displayed, awaiting entry:
Sample Smallsite Design installation: Details page before any entries

4Specify installation details

by performing:

4-1Provide license number

as shown in the invoice emailed to you from the seller.

4-2Provide owner email address

by typing in the email address to which the Smallsite Design site will send you notifications.

4-3Specify the master locale

by clicking on the 👇 checkbox, and clicking on the required locale in the resulting list.

4-4Confirm the values

by clicking the Next button.

The Details view of the page is redisplayed with the entered values:
Sample Smallsite Design installation: Details page after filled out

5Confirm the details

by clicking the Next button.

The Email check view of the page is displayed:
Sample Smallsite Design installation: Email check page

6Confirm test email received

by clicking the Next button.

The Finalisation view is displayed indicating successful installation:
Sample Smallsite Design installation: Finalisation page

7Go to site

by clicking the link.

8Log in to the site

using the provided credentials.

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