Installation Preparations & considerations 1. Unzip the zip file to your hard drive. You will get these files: upload/test.php upload/install.php upload/WCFSetup.tar.gz License agreement.txt Lies mich.txt Lizenzbestimmungen.txt Read me.txt Note: The file "WCFSetup.tar.gz" is also an archive. Never unzip that archive! 2. Simply upload the three files from the "upload" s ubdirectory with your FTP program to a subdirectory of your choice on your web space. Consider uploading the files to the directory, where you want your forum to be installed later. The installation assistant will then suggest you first to create a directory for the Community Framework (wcf) and later directly for the forum. 3. To ensure your web space fulfils the system requirements, consider testing the PHP support first! All you need to do so is opening the file "test.php" in your browser and see the results. For example http://www.example.com/test.php (replace "www.example.com/" with the name of your server). If your server doesn't fulfills the system requirements, you may contact your web host to ask for some solution. For a dedicated server, please install the missing components. 4. For further installation, please keep your MySQL access data ready. You can get this in the customer area of your web host.