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hippoRENT - Getting Started with the Inworld System


Welcome and Getting Started

The hippoRENT system is Second Life’s most powerful rental system. Used by tens of thousands landlords and businesses through Second Life, it is the only rental system with networked and vending facilities built right in.

hippoRENT has also been designed to strike a balance between being easy to learn yet powerful and a good place to start learning the system is with this document. If you follow the steps below, you should have your first rental box and server up and running within 5 minutes. You can then find further resources in the other documentation.

Please note that this document does not cover the web-enabled aspects of hippoRENT. For that, see the ‘Using the Web Plugin System’ document.

If you’ve bought hippoRENT Complete or are running web-enabled boxes, you can ignore most of the steps in this document. Simply rez a web-enabled rental box and then configure it from the website — you'll also want to read the guide to the web-enabled system.

Start with the Server ...

  1. If you plan to use the network (boxes, server, vendors), begin by rezzing a server. This should be somewhere permanent as deleting and re-rezzing a server will change its key, causing you lots of problems. If you simply wish to use stand alone rental boxes, skip to step (4) below.

  2. Right-click your server and choose "Edit" from the Second Life pie-menu that appears. (If you only see the mini-build window now, click More>>>). Now click on the "Contents" tab in the Second Life Build Window and you'll see the inventory inside your HUD. Double click on the "Configuration Notecard" item to edit it. Change the password on the server to one of your choice (e.g. PASSWORD: topsecret) and save the notecard - you can ignore all the other settings in that notecard for now).

  3. Click the server for a menu and choose “Reset” then “Neither” to reload your configuration notecard --- you will see the progress of this displayed above the server. Once it has finished, touch the server again, choose “Server Key” from the menu and from Second Life’s chat history window (CTRL H), copy to the clipboard the key that the server spat out. You will need this (and the password you chose) to setup your network.

Now for your first rental box ...

  1. Rez a rental box. Click "Yes" to both requests to be able to make payments (otherwise tenants, wrong payers etc. would end up out of pocket and the Lindens will hunt you down with sticks; the second debit permission is needed for any payment sharing you set up). If you forget to do this, the box will warn you it has no permissions — and ask you for them next time you touch it.

  2. Edit the notecard called “Configuration Notecard” within it - you’ll see all the most important items at the top. For now, just edit the name, price per week, minimum and maximum of weeks etc. to suit your preferences. If you’re using the server, then you should also insert your server key (from step 3) and password (from step 2). Please ensure the server key is exactly right and the password identical to that in the server, or the network will not communicate.

  3. Now for the information the box gives out to prospective tenants. Either edit the “Example Notecard” or drop your own description notecard into the box, so that prospective customers have something to read about the property. If you choose the latter option, edit the configuration notecard line that reads “NOTECARD NAME: Example Description” so that it indicates your new notecard, e.g. NOTECARD NAME: My New Description. Please note: if you don’t know how to add things like notecards and snapshots to objects, consult the various Second Life help resources available.

  4. If you plan to use the vendor, you’ll need to add a picture of your property. Take a snapshot, add it to the box and edit the configuration notecard line that reads “PICTURE: Example Picture” to point to your new picture, e.g. PICTURE: Lovely Little House. (If you add a picture from your inventory, you must have full access permissions for it).

  5. Now save the configuration notecard, click the rental box and choose “Reset” from the menu to reload the notecard. As with the server, the progress of this is displayed above the rental box.

People can now start renting, well done! If you now wish to add a vendor (which you can only do if you added a server in steps 1-3), read on.

Finally, the vendor ...

  1. Rez a vendor. Click "Yes" to the request to be able to make payments. Edit the notecard called "Configuration Notecard" in it so that the SERVER KEY and PASSWORD correspond to those in steps (2) and (3). Remember: server keys and passwords need to be identical in every object on your network (identical means just that: "Password" is not the same as "PaSsWoRd").

  2. Click the vendor and choose "Reset" from the menu. If you’ve done everything correctly, it should contact the server and soon display the picture and details of your rental box.

Congratulations, you’ve mastered the basics of the hippoRENT system! Now read the other notecards for a full description of everything that the boxes, server and vendors can do for you and your business.


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