Making your site PIP-Ready
There are two ways of making your site PIP-Ready:
- Simply explaining to your visitors how to set up
a manual configuration profile for your site, or
- Putting a P.I.P. Configuration File (.pip)
somewhere in a publicy accessable place on your server.
AUTOMATIC CONFIGURATION FILE
An Automatic Configuration File is a simple ASCII file which tells
P.I.P. how to create a profile for your website. You supply
the URL to this Configuration File on your site, a user copies this
URL in P.I.P. and the profile is automatically created.
You can only create an Automatic Profile if your server offers
a single web-address for your visitors to upload the images to!
There are two ways you can use to have visitors upload images to your server:
through password protected FTP or through HTTP PUT.
We advise you to use the HTTP PUT method since this is a lot safer
for your server. If you allow visitors to post images using FTP, they can
also log in on your server using an ordinary FTP program. And if your
server hasn't got good security, then you're in trouble! But if you absolutely
want to use FTP, here's a good site explaining how to make your site secure:
RESTRICTING A RESTRICTED FTP
If your server is running Apache and does not yet support the HTTP PUT
method, check the Apache website on how to activate it:
or use a third-party module like MOD_PUT.O:
After you have created a directory on your server where your visitors can upload
images to, you are ready to create an Automatic Configuration File. You can
download/view a sample configuration file here and simply change it for your
Example Configuration File
After you have changed the Automatic Configuration File for your website,
put it on a publicy accessable non-password protected directory
on your webserver and publicise it somewhere on your website. We recommend
you download our P.I.P. button
and use that to link to a page with instructions for your visitors.
You'll find a sample instruction page here:
Sample Instruction Page
Once you have your site PIP-Ready, we can list your site on our homepage as
being a PIP-Ready site! Just email us the following and we will add your site
to our homepage:
- The name of your site
- The URL of your site's homepage
- The URL of your site's forum, messageboard or whatever it
is that uses P.I.P.
- The URL where we can find our PIP-button
- The URL of your Automatic Configuration File
- Your email address