It has been my experience, both in my own use of DBMan and in answering questions
of others, that some of the procedures may not be perfectly clear as to how
to create and customize an application of DBMan. So I have put together a
little tutorial on how to work with it. I am not going to pretend that everything
here will be perfectly clear either. But I'll give it a shot.
I have tried to make the instructions as basic as I could, with the absolute
beginner in mind. If you understand something already, it still won't hurt
you to read it. There may be some nuance within a paragraph that you didn't
If you follow all the steps outlined here, you will be able to come up with
a very good workable version of DBMan for your website. You can go further
than this, but start with the basics and do one thing at a time. Do
not try to make a whole lot of modifications to the scripts and then
upload them. If there is a problem with the scripts, it is much easier to
figure out where the problems are if you make just one change at a time.
Along those same lines, do not go on to the next step until you are sure
everything is working correctly. Each step builds on the previous one and
if you go on, the problem will become progressively worse.
Please do not expect to have a completely custom database in a day or two.
It is possible that you can have something workable in a few days, but if
you want to do anything fancy, give yourself some time. And it would be a
really bad idea to open the database up to the public before you are finished
with your modifications.