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How do I create a Quiz for the web using Flash Quiz Maker?

Atrixware Flash Quiz Maker 2009 is a powerful tool for making online quizzes quickly and easily.  With Flash Quiz Maker you publish quizzes to be used on your Basic HTML website, your ASP website, or your PHP website. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how easy it is to publish any one of these quizzes for you to place on your exisiting website.

To begin, we want to start on the Quiz Development screen where we will highlight one of our quizzes.  To publish the Quiz, we can either right click on the icon for our quiz and select Publish for Flash from the menu or you can click Publish to Flash from the Task Panel on the right hand side.

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This will bring up the Publish to Flash screen.  The Publish to Flash area is loaded with options wher you can configure the functionality, look, and feel of your Quiz, but for the purposes of this article we’re going to leave everything as is and just focus on the portion of the Publish Format tab that pertains to web Quizzes.  Click the tab that reads Publish Format all the way on the right hand side.

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On the Publish Format screen you’ll see two more tabs appear, the Web Server tab and the Local or CD-Rom tab.  If you wanted to publish a Quiz that you could use locally on your hard drive or network or publish a Quiz you could distribute via CD-Rom / Standalone download, you would work in the Local or CD-Rom tab.  Since we want to publish to the web, we’re going to work in the Web Server tab.

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Flash Quiz Maker gives you three different options for publishing Quizzes to a Web Server, Basic Server (HTML), PHP Server,  and ASP Server.

Basic Server: Using the Basic Server option publishes the Flash Quiz to be used as an HTML file.  Note that with this option, if you select to have the results of the Quiz emailed to you the Quiz will use the atrixware.com server to send the email report, which may incur a nominal fee.

To get students to this quiz you simply need to give them the URL of the Quiz on your webserver. For example if the name of your server was www.example.com and you uploaded the quiz to a folder named samplequiz, then the address you would give for this Quiz would be http://www.example.com/samplequiz/quiz.html.

PHP Server: Using the PHP Server option publishes the Flash Quiz to be used on your PHP enabled server (typically linux/unix based servers).  Note that with both the PHP Server and ASP Server options, if you select to have the results on the Quiz emailed to you it the Quiz will use your servers to generate the email report, meaning you do not have to worry about incurring any additional fees.

To get students to this quiz you simply need to give them the URL of the Quiz on your webserver. For example if the name of your server was www.example.com and you uploaded the quiz to a folder named samplequiz, then the address you would give for this Quiz would be http://www.example.com/samplequiz/quiz.php.

ASP Server: Using the ASP Server option publishes the Flash Quiz to be used on your ASP enabled server (typically Microsoft / IIS based servers).  A nice feature of both the ASP Server and PHP Server Quizzes is that if you yourself or someone you know has any knowledge of either the ASP or PHP programming language, the generated script can be modified to add results to a database, track internet users that have taken the Quiz, and much much more.

Once you have selected the type of Web Server quiz you would like to create and you click the Publish button in the bottom-right corner of the screen, Flash Quiz Maker will automatically generate the Quiz and files you need to place on your server.  Once the quiz has been published, a screen will appear featuring the quiz that you just created, along with a window with some instructions on how to get the Quiz online.

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The section that is most important here is the How to Get This Quiz On To Your Web Server section.  For all three types of web server quizzes the results here are basically the same.  The first step is, using either your hosting control panel, a program like Dreamweaver, or an FTP program, create a new folder on your webserver where you would like to hold the quiz.

The second step is to either click the View Files to Distibute link that appears right in the instructions or to click the View Files to Distribute option in the Task Panel on the right hand side. This is will open up a Windows Explorer folder containing all the files that you want to upload to your Web Server.

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The final step is to, again using your hosting control panel, a program such as Dreamweaver, or (most likely) a FTP program, upload all the files and subfolders that you see in the Windows Explorer folder to the folder you created on your Web Server in the first step.

Now that you’ve place your quiz files online, you simply need to direct the students to the URL of the Quiz using the instructions I mentioned earlier in the tutorial or by following the instructions entitled How to Get Your Students to The Quiz that are displayed when you select any of  your Publishes Quizzes from within Flash Quiz Maker.

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