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4/06/2015 – Create a Guestbook and Utilize It

Posted by Jamison on 06 04 2015.

If you are looking for an effective way to boost your online presence and maintain a good number of visitors, keeping a website or blog guestbook is necessary to achieve this. With the help of cPanel, you can easily create your very own guestbook; and if you have a little bit of knowledge on how to code and write scripts, then you are in the most favorable situation to modify and be creative with your guestbook. Read on and learn how to set up one and use it effectively to communicate with your dear visitors.


What is a guestbook?


This is a dedicated field only for you and your subscribers, repeat visitors, and readers. There are times when a blogger or web owner miss some points that the readers are looking for answer and they needed to talk to you to personally ask the question. The guestbook is the perfect place to talk to and build a connection your audience.


Importance of keeping a guestbook


Aside from the fact that the guestbook acts like a comment and forum section of your site, this tool offers so many benefits not only to you but also to your visitors. Here is a list of what this wonderful addition can do for you:


  1. Visitors can have the chance to get to know you better, and vice versa.
  2. Visitors can get a good grasp of your ideals, your website, and your purpose of putting up your website better.
  3. You can track down who is visiting your website, who stays, and who repeatedly visits it.
  4. You can easily know the number and the statistics of your visitors.
  5. Visitors can easily communicate with you and they can also talk to their co-visitors.
  6. Visitors can leave positive reviews that can boost your online presence and earnings.
  7. You can clarify any misconceptions that occurred to your readers.


How to set up a guestbook


If you know about scripts, this will be a lot easier, and you can get more creative with your guestbook. However, to give everyone the basic knowledge on how to create a guestbook, follow these steps.


  1. Login to your cPanel account and go to Software/Services section.
  2. Click on the CGI Center button to open its page.
  3. Click Simple Guestbook. Here you will see an instruction that says “Copy and paste the HTML below into your web page”. Follow it and then move on to the next step.
  4. Upload the page to your site and test if the script is working.


How to view your guestbook


It’s your choice to make the guestbook public or private; however, if you want everyone to have access to it, better make it viewable. Here’s how you do it:


  1. Go to Software/Service area and click on the CGI Center.
  2. Go to Simple Guestbook and then click on the View Guestbook button.
  3. Copy the guestbook’s URL.
  4. Go to your web page and then paste the hyperlink containing the URL.