View Full Version : Positive Rating System

05-18-2010, 06:11 PM
I would like to add a positive rating system to one of my websites so that individuals can rate a business without any log-in system etc as it's more of a homemade phone listing type site. I don't want the same person to be able to vote twice via the same ip address...

I don't want a rating system with 5 stars, reviews, or a negative button but just to be able to give a "25 people likes this" or "60 thumbs up" or "35 positive"... along those lines.

This would have been perfect I think:


But I have machighway hosting that is not compatable with whatever SQLite is...

Does anybody know of a good solution that I don't have to build myself at the moment? I really need it ASAP and taking the time to learn php, mysql etc right now isn't really doable before needing this feature. I am going through tutorials as I get time but it's just not fast enough.

I've heard this is relatively simple and can be done in a few minutes of development time. Any experts out there wanna make some quick beer cash or something? Know of any other places that sell such a feature except the thumbsup I already posted that's not compatible?


05-19-2010, 07:52 PM
I've heard this is relatively simple and can be done in a few minutes of development time.

Whoever told you that .. ok, I'm going to bite my tongue here.

05-19-2010, 08:11 PM
either learn to code it or pay the rates.

This is beyond beer money

05-19-2010, 08:31 PM
Yes, I've googled up and down since that post and see it's difficult. iphp from the adobe forum was who stated it it was quick to do here:

(excuse the babble in-between)

I'm not sure if he's right or not as I don't know dreamweaver enough to understand what he's talking about but most people's solutions seem pretty complex. But you could understand why I thought it was simple based on his post... I wasn't trying to be cheap when I said the beer money thing honestly. I just thought it actually was something that would only take 5 mins or something.

Now I'm exploring this option I found:


of which shows at the bottom that MacSkolan (Philip Harrison) modified the code to use with this website:


And offers a link to his codes to download.

I was thinking of slightly modifying his code somehow to match my needs but the link to download his code no longer works. I tried his website to see if he offers it there but it's in German so I can't understand it. I emailed him yesterday to ask if he is still offering the code but haven't heard anything.

Seems like I should be able to do something with even that semi-tutorial thing. I asked my host and everything is compatible so I'll explore it today and hopefully get something usable unless I hear some other ideas...

05-19-2010, 08:41 PM
you are on a slippery slop without any coding knowledge

05-19-2010, 08:56 PM
Am I?

I just don't know what to do at this point. I really need a positive rating system and it's probably easier/cheaper to switch hosting to one that offers SQLite so I can purchase "thumbsup" and be done with it. Only problem is that I really do love machighway so I'd hate to switch...

Would anybody be crazy enough to give me an idea of how much it would cost to pay somebody to build me something? (US $$$)


05-19-2010, 09:38 PM
Or even give me a referral for a company that I can email for a quote...

05-19-2010, 10:58 PM
By the way... I see my link was bad at the top. Here was the original one I was interested in: http://codecanyon.net/item/thumbsup/full_screen_preview/50411

Again, not sure why it keeps shortening it?

Here is a tiny url:


05-20-2010, 06:35 PM
I'm kinda curious if machighway is wrong in the first place about having SQLite enabled. It says on the link to thumbs up that i can run this script on the server to get all the info I need:


Any idea where in a control panel for hosting that I would find a place to put that command and see what info it gives me without screwing anything up?


05-20-2010, 07:09 PM
create a blank file in notepad

add the following code to the file




and upload it to the server

then browse for it through your browser.

This function only provides information about your PHP build. If you don't know what to do with that information then its a pointless exercise.

05-20-2010, 10:32 PM
http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/4775/picture162.png (http://img201.imageshack.us/i/picture162.png/)

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/7638/picture163.png (http://img163.imageshack.us/i/picture163.png/)

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/8880/picture164.png (http://img138.imageshack.us/i/picture164.png/)

Well, I'm not sure if that first image is part of SQLite or not but would these images stating enabled mean that the dude at machighway is wrong and I can use thumbs up? Or is there more to it then that?

This was the guys prior response to me days ago when I questioned his answers...
Yes, we are running PHP 5, but just because something is turned on by default doesn't mean that we keep it on or that we support it. As I said, we don't offer SQLite so this feature will not work with our systems.

05-21-2010, 04:44 PM
Ok, well I purchased thumbsup anyways and tried it. Everything works perfectly! It appears machighway techs are unknowledgeable and unwilling to research their own system before having me on this goose-chase for days with absolutely no reasoning.

Now I'm curious if I should let them know they do have this feature or if they will be jerks and disable it once they find out... screwing me further.

05-22-2010, 01:07 AM
dont fix what is not broke.why risk it ? hosting is so competitive these days , and cheap it pays to look around.