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Big Sam

Big Sam (Built-In Guestbook Stand-Alone Module) is a PHP3/4 script guestbook which does not use databases. It is very simple to set up, very simple to administer, and very accurate.

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Release Notes: Added CSS support.

  •  27 Nov 2004 08:27

Release Notes: This release adds support for Czech and Lithuanian. "echo ("text");" lines have been converted to "?>text<?php" (for more code reading facilities). "@" is now replaced with "at" in guestbook text ($at_replace). There is now slightly different global variables management for PHP version compatibility. MD5 password encoding is now used. All "<?"s have been replaced with "<?php" for compatibility.

  •  12 Dec 2002 13:13

Release Notes: "<?" tags have been changed to "<?php" to support new apache releases. There is some code cleanup.

  •  06 Sep 2002 17:31

Release Notes: The lost entries problem (under administration mode) has been fixed. A Serbian translation has been added.

  •  24 Aug 2002 02:38

Release Notes: Finnish, Crotatian, Indonesian, and Polish translations were added. The PHP "Register_Globals=off" mode is now supported.

RSS Recent comments

09 Apr 2002 03:03 SumDog Thumbs up

I like it
A very well designed guest book. I'm currently using it on my site ( and I've been able to incorporate it very will into my set of tabes. The config is easy and offers several native languages for the user interface. The administration part is also cool, however how to get into it isn't well documented (type bigsam.php?admin=password, by default password is bigsam or something like that).

The functions for heading and footer and clearly marked and can be modified to be used with any website. Overall, I really like this script. It's one of the best, simple, flatfile guestbooks I've found on

My only concern is I wish the author would fix the homepage link

23 Oct 2000 11:57 gezzed

Version 1.1.0
Brand new version with a faster process, and a higher data stability.

18 Jul 2000 12:59 bigsamteam

No problem by now
The Server works well



01 Jul 2000 14:23 karellen

dead link
The link is dead. I really need to try this out, because I
want a PHP guestbook without MySQL/Postgres etc to run it on
a shell where I don't have SQL luxury. Please mail me if you have
it, or fix the link.


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