are scripts and CGI programs?
Programs are small programs that are executed by the
server when your website is visited. They can help you
make your site more interesting - they allow you
to generate pages dynamically, and can add features
Databases - of products or information
Mail reply forms - for people to send you information
Bulletin boards & discussion areas
Live chat sessions between your users
Clocks and time-of-day greetings - like 'Good
Surveys and voting
Link management and banner advertising
Site Guest books and mailing lists
Access logging and referrer information - find
out who's visiting your site, and where they came
from. For example, if they did a web-search,
what keywords did they type to find you?
Many such programs (scripts) are available for free
download from the web. They're relatively easy
to install, though may need some modification, by experienced
a small fee, we can source and install scripts that
you want on your site. This is a one-off charge.
If there's something that you want to be able to do,
or maybe you have already seen the script that you need,
send an e-mail to our support address for a quote.
can also write specific applications for you -
again, let us know what you are looking for and we'll
provide cost information.
paths and locations on the server.
scripts may be placed anywhere on your site -
they don not have to be in a cgi-bin directory, but
must be named .pl or .cgi You may
still want to have a cgi-bin directory for neatness
- that's ok, just create one.
Perl interpreter path is: /usr/bin/perl
sendmail path is: /usr/lib/sendmail
script path to your web dir is: /home/sites/www.yoursite.com/web
scripts to the server.
that your scripts are always uploaded as ASCII
and not as BINARY. Your FTP program
needs to be setup correctly for this as BINARY is
the default setting for uploading web pages and images.
need to set the permissions on the
script to 755 for it to work.
script does not work. What now?
that you uploaded the script correctly, using the
ASCII mode instead of the BINARY transfer mode that
is used for the other web files.
that the permissions for the script are set to 755.
that any files/folders the script needs to read/write
have the correct access permissions.
always worth trying to run your script from the shell
to see what it's really doing. If your shell access
has not been enabled yet then please send us an email
- we will enable your shell access free of charge.
scripts execute under CGIWrap, but you may still use
a module like CGI::Carp with the fatalsToBrowser to
note whilst we'll happily help out with any issues related
to the service that we are providing you with, WE CAN'T
help you with script-specific questions - e.g. 'I just
downloaded the xxxx script and it doesn't work!!'.
You should attempt to seek help from the author, or
alternatively you may need to learn a little more about
the programming language in which the script has been
developed. We are however able to provide qualified
programmers to assist you - send an e-mail to our support
address, with as much detail as you can, for a quote.