K-Rate Basic Edition Features Overview
Basic edition is a lightweight version of K-Rate with forums, chat rooms and blogs taken off the standard edition but still remaining all of the other nice features the script has. This edition is suited for non-profit or free membership sites that do not require such community add-ons as forums, chat rooms and personal blogs. Other than that this edition allows to stick to what it's all about - rating. This edition still keeps some community elements though - a member can keep his/her favourites list, post comments on other members profiles and even send/receive private messages.
Members can signup and upload images
Before uploading images user must register to the site. On registration the script asks to enter users gender (or any other sort of type which you may freely configure), birth date and location - these parameters can be used in member profile search. Also the user enters his self description and if the script has been configured so - to more detailed self description, likes and interests, contact info and other questions. And of course upload the image. Uploading an image is mandatory by default but site administrator can turn this feature off and allow to signup without a picture, too. To avoid people signing up using fake email addresses an activation email is sent to registered email address and the member muss click a link included in the activation email message to activate the account. When logged in member can upload more images (limits are configurable by admin), change profile data, email, password, etc. All uploaded images are a subject to admin approval by default, but this feature can be turned off by site admin.
Members and visitors can vote for images
Images can be rated in two ways - user can, for example, simply click a link "Show Women" and just give ratings of 1 to 10 for all women images one by one in the classical HotOrNot style. Also the user can vote directly from members profile but this can be disabled by admin (member can not vote for his/her own profile and admin can only allow members to vote directly from profiles). One user can rate one profile only once.
Member toplists are created and ordered according to the votes they have received. There are two toplists - quick toplists for each member type displayed at the right side of the page (by default 5 members of each type). Also there are longer toplists that are shown in separate page (20 members by default). To appear in toplist the member has to receive a certain number of votes first (15 by default) - so that one vote 10-ratings wouldn't mess up the toplist.
Search for members
This is one of the features that allows to use K-Rate also as a dating site as member profiles can be searched by age, gender, location (country/state/city) and even by description. This allows other members to find profiles they would be interested in and contact other members afterwards.
Site administrator can highlight interesting profiles by setting them as featured for a certain period of time.Featured profiles are shown at the index page (image and description) therefore providing very high visibility for them.
Unlimited number of member categories
Don't think that K-Rate can only be used as a men/women rating website! Actually you can rate just about anything using it :) Create a dog rating website and use dog breeds as categories, create a car rating website and use models/manufacturers as categories, etc. Rate everything!
Unlimited number of administrators
This feature is especially nice for bigger websites where several administrators could be required to handle administration of website. Administrator rights are fully configurable - there may be an admin account that is only able to manage pictures and member accounts, but other admin can administer forums, chat rooms, send newsletters and manage polls.
Easily modifyable template/CSS based pages
K-Rate (as well as all other turn-k.net scripts) use only page templates and CSS stylesheet to define design. Therefore the design is separated from code as much as possible and allows to modify the design without a need to touch the PHP code itself. Template and CSS stylesheet files can be modified directly from K-Rate administration area. Basically the only knowledge you need to customize design is HTML and CSS. We can create custom high quality templates for you as well - please contact us for a quote if interested.
Search engine friendly URL's
We pay a lot of attention for search engine friendliness of our scripts and K-Rate is not an exception. Basically every single page is search engine friendly. How do we achieve it? At first, we only use static URL's for scripts pages, for example - http://kratedemo.com/view/mikka.html instead of http://kratedemo.com/index.php?req=view&id=mikka which most likely wouldn't get indexed by search engines as it would be treated as dynamic-content page which search engines try to avoid to include in their indexes.
K-Rate can be easily translated in any language since all the texts used in the program are defined using a language file. It is even possible to have several languages at the same time! Good example for an international website - a Norwegian car rating website - BilOgStyling.Com.
K-Rate's built-in interactive polls system allows you to run interactive surveys at your site.
Site news system
Site news system allows site webmaster to post latest site related news at the index page of the site. The news item can be configured to be displayed only for a certain amount of time.
Private messaging system
Allows to send private messages to other members of the site and reply to them. Works similarly as the good-old email. An inbox folder to see incoming messages and sent mail folder to view the sent messages.
Site administrator can send mass emails to all members of the site. Newsletter templates can be created to help to create messages more quickly. Also the sent newsletter archive is available.
Database backup is an essential feature for every database driven website. Database management routine allows to create new backups manually or you can set the script to create new backups automatically. The routine allows to create several backups and of course lets you reload the database from backup if needed.
Watermarking can be very helpful if you wish to avoid other sites using images from your site. With a watermark added on your images (with your site url written on it, for example) it will make much harder for thiefs to take images from your site and will also make your site look more solid.
Additional profile questions
If you wish the member profiles to contain more descriptive information you can create additional fields. There are four groups of additional questions that can be created - "About" (predefined answer choice from dropdown list, for example, Hair Color - Brown/Red/Black/Green/etc.), "What I Like", "Contact Me", "More Information" - answers entered in free text form. You may also choose which of this information can be later displayed for visitors or members.
Leaving comments on member profile
This is a very nice feature that allows other members to place personal opinion on the other profile instead of just giving a 1-10 rating. Members who do not wish to receive comments on their profiles can turn this feature off and also delete unwelcomed comments.
"Bookmarking" favorite profiles is a great way for a member to keep track of the profiles he/she likes best and members the user communicates with.