Why You Need to Collect Reviews. Now
When it comes to marketing, testimonials are perhaps the most powerful
promotional tool available to you. Online retail giants like Amazon.com,
BarnesandNoble.com, and scores of major e-commerce portals understand this
basic fact. They use product endorsements to attract customers to their
sites, and persuade them to buy. And so can you.
Whether you sell goods or services, for profit or for the fun of it,
Review Foundry will allow your members to review/rate any product or service
mentioned on your site. For that matter, they can even review/rate
other site members.
Whether you operate a small special-interest site, or manage a thousand-page
catalog composed of high-turnover products, it's likely that you can increase
visitor satisfaction by offering them the ability to submit their own reviews
to your site. In return, they provide you with valuable endorsements. What's
more, because Review Foundry is a highly automated review collector, there's
little work involved on your part. Even the installation is a breeze.
All you'll be required to do is accept or reject the reviews that flow in
(or you can assign the work to editors). Accepted reviews appear online
the moment you OK them with a single click! Alternatively, you can elect to
build the review pages as a static directory on a less frequent basis.
Note: Because a key ingredient to the success of all online businesses
involves the streamlining of sought-after information by visitors, and because
Review Foundry is a tool specifically designed to that end, why not take advantage of
this opportunity and get a head start on your competitors today? After all, the
review you fail to lock in today may well end up on your competitor's site
The Sort of Reviews You Can Collect
What sort of reviews can you collect? Any sort. Really. It's entirely up
to you. Use Review Foundry to gather conventional product reviews,
or create a book-of-the-week-style bookclub, or MP3-club, or... well
you get the picture. The only limitation as to how the script can be
implemented is your own imagination.
Because Review Foundry is rather flexible in terms of its display format
(customization being achieved through a series of control panels and
templates) it can probably be used in quite unexpected ways.
Use the following link for a more complete list of
How You Can Collect Reviews on One Item,
or on 10,000
Because Review Foundry is backed by a fully normalized SQL database it is
possible to add a virtually unlimited number of Items, Members, or
Why Adding Review Foundry to Your Site is a Cinch
Review Foundry is written in Perl (version 5), a language widely-used for backend web
applications. It comes with a browser-accessible administrative interface
which, in addition to offering the basic review-evaluation page, consists
of a series of control panels for easy on-the-fly configuration.
The server resources required to run Review Foundry are minimal. Of course,
if you run a busy site, any CGI script can bog down your server, so Review Foundry
provides a means to build a set of static HTML review pages to considerably
reduce server load.
Finally, if your Perl interpreter is located at /usr/local/bin/perl you won't
even be required to edit the first line of the installer script to get
Review Foundry running!
If not, modifying that first line should be the ONLY editing required of you.
Review Foundry is designed to detect its whereabouts and provide default settings
for all the configuration variables it needs to complete the installation.
All you need to do is run the installer and confirm these values.
Even if you've never installed a Perl CGI program before, you will likely
discover this installation is a breeze.
How You Can Obtain Review Foundry
To receive the distribution for evaluation, you'll need to supply the domain
name of your site. Combining this information with your e-mail address,
we fashion a unique product key which runs the software. To have the software
key mailed to you, and gain access to the Review Foundry download page, first
register as a Random Mouse forum member, then follow
the "Obtain" link at the top of this page.
Which Languages does Review Foundry Support?
Primarily, Review Foundry supports those West European languages accommodated
by the Latin1, or ISO-8859-1 character set encoding. For example, the languages
Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, etc. However, I have recently
added some support for non ISO-8859-1
character sets. This is fairly simplistic in implementation and mostly involves just
adding a "charset" declaration in the appropriate spots. This seems to work OK for
at least ISO-8859-2 which is used for Polish. Other non Latin1 languages may work
All publicly displayed text has been moved into language templates and can be
rewritten in the Latin1 language of your choice.
A template editor has been added to the program to facilitate translations.
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