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5 cgi scripts you must use to turn your site into a powerhouse

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HTML is great. But what really makes your site super powerful?
The Backend or the processes running in the background that
make everything on your website really click. And what powers
the backend? CGI Scripts.

Some of you may know what CGI scripts are and others may not.
CGI scripts are the key to creating interactive websites that
automate your online business. Instead of getting too technical
about scripts, lets talk about 5 powerful CGI scripts that every
website should have if they have any desire to conduct
E-commerce.

Number 1: First off, you must have forms on your website. You
should be utilizing forms for everything including retrieving
demographic information from your visitors to processing credit
card orders. You can also use forms to send contact information
so that your visitors do not have to use email to contact you.
The beauty of forms is that not only can you retrieve the
information you request, you can also include hidden fields to
be submitted with each form so that you know certain information
like what website the visitor came from, their IP address
(useful for fraud protection) and much more. Some form scripts
even let you send autoresponses to the submitter. So, for
example if someone fills in a form to sign up for a newsletter,
you can send them an automated reply thanking them for their
submission and including basically anything you want without
having to lift a finger.

Number 2: The next script every site should be using is a
“recommend it” script. This is a script that allows your site
visitors to recommend your site to their friends and contacts.
Do not underestimate the power of this little tool. The
recommend it script on our site at
http://www.goldbar.net/recomm.html brings in tons of traffic
and prospects that we may never have gotten on our own. The
power of referrals should never, ever be underestimated. It is
far more effective to have someone recommend your site to their
contacts then it is to advertise. I use the Master Recommend
script from William Bontrager, available for free at:
http://www.willmaster.com

Number 3: Affiliate Software. Without a doubt, one of the best
investments you can ever make if you have your own product or
service is in affiliate software. While usually not cheap it is
by far one of the best methods of growing traffic to your site
and exploding your sales. Many people advocate using a 3rd party
affiliate company such as Commission Junction to manage their
affilate programs. This is fine if you are a big company with a
huge budget to WASTE on administrative fees and obscure
technical charges. But, if you are a small to midsized company
and you want to utilize the awesome power of a strictly
commissioned salesforce sending you traffic and sales, you
would be crazy to not consider purchasing affiliate software
and installing it on your own site (or having it installed for
you). Some affiliate scripts are so advanced that you can click
one button on the administrative interface and send all the
months commissions to a check writing program and have the
checks printed out and all you will have to do is sign them.

Number 4: Follow Up Autoresponders: Without a doubt, everyone
should be using automated follow up mechanisms to:

A. Capture the email addresses of targeted prospects interested
in your products/services.

B. Send a series of sequential, timed messages that trigger
return visits to your website and turn potential onetime website
visitors into return prospects.

c. Remind customers about additional products and services that
they may wish to order in the future or add to their current
order.

These are easy to maintain once they are installed on your site.
All you have to do is write the email responses you want your
prospects to receive and then upload them to your server. Then
tell the script how long a time interval to wait before sending
the next message in the sequence.

An important point when using follow up autoresponders: make
sure they offer an unsubscribe feature so that the recipients
can opt out if they choose to.

There are many great scripts out there that you can install on
your own site. This will save you the monthly fees of using a
hosted service but if you choose to use a third party tool,
probably the best one is available from getresponse:
http://www.getresponse.com/?13323

Number 5: An error catcher. This may sound like a crazy tool to
include in this list but bear with me. How many of you have
tried to click on a link and found yourself on a 404 error page.
Most web surfers who encounter this error immediately leave your
site never to return again.This is probably the worst thing that
could happen to an internet business. What if you could create
a page that said, OOPS you reached this page in error but why
not visit the rest of the site? This is certainly more enticing
and if created properly can help keep a surfer on your site as
opposed to off it. On our site, we use a script that catches
errors and delivers a webpage apologizing for the mistake and
offering other links to pages on our site. We have saved many
visitors this way and we have also created many subscribers
and customers through this method. If you want to see how it
works, try this link http://www.goldbar.net/mistake.html

The script we used to create these pages is freely available and
can be set to email you when someone reaches a 404 page and also
help you determine if anyone is trying to hack into your site or
if a CGI script is not working. It is called errorbot.cgi and
can be found at http://www.perlarchive.com

These 5 scripts can make or break an internet business so why
dont more people use them? I believe they don’t have a clue how
to install them. If anyone wishes to have CGI scripts on their
site but needs help installing them, you can usually get help
from the programmer or visit a site like http://www.cgiguru.com
who will usually install scripts for a nominal fee.

CGI scripts have been around since the advent of commerce on the
internet and continue to power the best sites. Even with new
technologies such as ASP, Cold Fusion and PHP on the riseFeature Articles, CGI
is the oldest and still the best. Why not get these 5 scripts
running on your website and start powering your way to new
profits.

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Clever profit growth software

Are you truly using technology in your web business? Beforeyou answer yes, stop a moment and consider how manypromotion or marketing tasks take place at your websitewithout you lifting a finger.

Are you truly using technology in your web business? Beforeyou answer yes, stop a moment and consider how manypromotion or marketing tasks take place at your websitewithout you lifting a finger.

Perhaps your site signs up new opt-in subscribers for youwhile you sleep. If so, that’s ONE automated task. Maybeorders are accepted securely without your intervention.That’s TWO. But can you keep counting?

If you have a little trouble going beyond that, what followswill help you.

As you probably already know, perhaps the most powerful ofall applications on the Internet is the CGI script. CGIstands for the “Common Gateway Interface”. It is a standardfor interfacing external applications with informationservers, such as HTTP or Web servers. If you have a website,more than likely you already have cgi based software runningat your site. But your profits could probably benefit greatlyfrom a few more.

Now don’t worry, I’m not going to go into a long, boringexplanation of how to install cgi scripts. I’ll save thatfor the techhies. Instead, I’ll simply share a wide varietyof scripts that are ideal for small business ownerslooking to grow website traffic and sales.

(Note: If you’re not at all familiar with CGI,http://www.cgi101.com/ is a great place to learn about howit works. Remember, if it all seems too confusing, fear not.Using CGI can be as simple as picking out a script andhaving someone else set it up!)

Anyway, on with the scripts…

Automark

http://www.superscripts.com/scripts/automark.html

Automark is a cgi script that will automatically pop up a”bookmark” suggestion box for first-time visitors to yourwebsite. While this can be accomplished using straightjavacode, this script will not annoy regular visitors bypopping up the window every time they return. The first timea new visitor hits your “target page” the bookmark windowpops up, but never again. This is a great way to get yoursite bookmarked by more visitors.

MailNow

http://www.mailnow.co.uk/

MailNow allows you to provide web-based email to your users.Its web-based email product provides unlimited addresses formultiple domains. A free email account is a great giveawaythat ensures constant repeat visitors to your site.

Master Subscriber Pro

http://willmaster.com/master/subscriberpro/index.shtml

This program automates joint ventures with other ezinepublishers. Using this script your visitors can subscribe toan unlimited number of ezines without leaving your websiteto do so. Locate a few ezine publishers with trafficcomparable to yours and you’ll all increase your newsubscriber signups!

Protect It

http://www.cgi-world.com/protect_it.html

This script offers a simple way to setup .htaccess or.nsconfig type user authentication to your web directoriesusing username / password. It is a solid solution formanaging private site signups. This script features auto-creation and expiration of accounts, account edit features,a customizable email template, and many other configurablesettings.

Master Reciprocal Links

http://willmaster.com/master/rlinks/index.shtml

Most search engines favor sites with links from othersimilar sites. But growing and maintaining a list of linkscan be a lot of work. Here’s a free script that willautomate these tasks for you. Not only does the program makeit easy to maintain a links page, it also finds out who thecheats are!

Your Own Associate Program

http://www.palis.com/new/yoap16/index.htm

Leverage the efforts of hundreds or even thousands of otherwebmasters by opening up an affiliate program at your site.This script by Paul Galloway runs my program automaticallyand is used by many high-profile marketers.

Master Syndicator

http://willmaster.com/master/syndicator/index.shtml

Do you offer articles, images or other content towebmasters, to use on their own sites? Here’s a way toautomate the process — for you AND them! This script letswebmasters add two lines of JavaScript code on their page atthe location where your content is to appear. Then, all youdo is paste your column into your own Syndicator form andwith one click you can automatically update everysyndication websites’ pages, all at once. Pretty slick eh?

CDomain Pro

http://www.cdomain.com

This script contains a domain lookup which helps yourvisitors find existing domains and it also includes apowerful domain name wizard. The wizard combines descriptivewords that your visitors enter and presents them with a listof related domain names that are available. If you are adomain name reseller, this lightning-fast, user friendlyscript is ideal, as it can take your visitors right to yourdomain name registration service. I liked this one so much Ihad it installed at my site! You can demo it at:http://www.bizweb2000.com/wizard.htm

If you feel that any of these scripts would enhance yourwebsite, visit the URL and learn more. Or, if you have anidea for your site and would like to automate the process,you can search for a script at .

And remember, don’t pass up a script because of limitedknowledge of cgi. While you can install cgi scripts on yourserver yourselfFeature Articles, you can also hire someone else to do it.The key is to never stop transforming your site into apowerful lead and sale generator – and these scripts do justthat!

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Why arent you using cgi

The very name CGI used to send chills up my spine. Foryears I put it in the … But like … in life, CGI is not as scary as it seems. Ifyou have a cgi … on your website

The very name CGI used to send chills up my spine. For
years I put it in the ‘too-hard-basket’. But like most
things in life, CGI is not as scary as it seems. If
you have a cgi directory on your website and you know
how to FTP files, chances are you can have a CGI
script up and running in less than 20 minutes.

CGI (Common Gateway Interface) is not a programming
language but a standard that allows visitors to
interact with your website. CGI scripts can be written
in a number of different languages but most are
written in Perl (Practical Extraction and Reporting
Language).

This article gives you details of five free CGI scripts
that will do the following:

1. Mail out your Newsletter from your server
2. Track the number of times your free E-Book is
downloaded
3. Rotate banners on your website
4. Create your own auto responders
5. Allow visitors to recommend your website to friends

At the end of this article are details of where to
download these 5 free scripts. But first, here are
some basic guidelines on how to configure and install
CGI scripts:

1. CGI programs usually come in a zip file. Unzip the
file and open the README file. This document will give
you instructions for configuring the program file.

2. Open the program file using a text editor such as
NOTEPAD (the program file will usually have the file
extension .cgi but may have other extensions such as
.pl).

In most CGI programs you will have to configure the
following 4 items:

(a) the path to perl

This is where the perl program resides on your server.
The path will usually be:

#!/usr/bin/perl

but could be:

#!/usr/local/bin/perl

If you’re unsure what your ‘path to perl’ is, check
your web host’s online ‘manual’ or FAQs. If you can’t
find it there, simply ask your web host.

(b) the path to sendmail

Most CGI programs notify you when your visitors have
completed a particular action, and for that, the
program needs to know where the ‘sendmail’ program
resides on your server. The path to your UNIX sendmail
program will usually be: /usr/sbin/sendmail

But it could also be something like this:
/usr/lib/sendmail

Again, check the documentation on your web host’s
website, or simply ask your web host.

(c) the absolute path to your CGI directory

The absolute path tells the CGI program exactly where
to find the file (or files) that it needs to open.
Unfortunately, the absolute path to your CGI directory
is not something you will be able to guess or deduce –
it is completely arbitrary and depends entirely on how
the system administrator at your web host has
partitioned your host’s hard drive.

The easiest way to find out your absolute path is to
ask your web host. Another way is by using telnet –
just type in pwd (print working directory) and that
should give you your absolute path.

(d) Your email address

This is the address that the CGI program will use to
notify you when an action has been completed.

3. Uploading

Upload the program files to your cgi-bin (or a
directory off your cgi-bin) using ASCII mode. Never
use BINARY mode, as this will play havoc with the
line-breaks in the script.

4. Set the File Permissions using CHMOD

CHMOD (changing mode) is the term for setting security
permissions on files. The README file will usually
tell you the permissions that you need to set for each
file. The script file will need to be set to 755. This
allows the file’s owner to read, write, and execute
the file; anyone else can only read and execute it.

You can set the permissions using telnet, but the
easiest way is to use the built-in option in your FTP
program.

5. Calling the Script

Now that you’ve configured the script, uploaded it and
set the permissions, it’s time to try it out! You do
this by ‘calling the script’ using a URL in an HTML
document. This is what the URL for calling your script
will normally look like:

http://www.yourdomain.com/cgi-bin/script.cgi

Again, the README file should have specific
instructions on how to call the script. In addition,
most CGI programs are accompanied by a web page
that contains the form your visitors would use to
call the script.

And now here are the details of the 5 free CGI
scripts I mentioned earlier:

———————–
Subscribe Me Lite
———————–

Subscribe Me Lite is a program that allows
prospects/customers to automatically subscribe and/or
unsubscribe themselves from your mailing list. It has
a built-in mass mailing form for sending out your
newsletter or updates.

More Information:
http://www.cgiscriptcenter.com/subscribe/index2.html

———————–
Rob’s File Tracker
———————–

Rob’s File Tracker is a perl script that counts file
downloads or click-thrus to any file. Very useful if
you want to know how many people are downloading your
free E-Book.

More Information:
http://www.robplanet.com/cgi racker/

———————–
AdRotate Pro
———————–

AdRotate Pro is an ad rotation program that’s easy to
setup and easy to use. Features include unlimited
rotations, expiry by date, views or clicks, default
ads for when all ads are expired, and customer
reports.

More Information: http://www.vanbrunt.com/adrotate/

———————–
MasterRecommend
———————–

This script allows visitors to recommend your website
to a friend by sending an email, without leaving your
website. The program will also send you a copy of your
visitor’s message (nice to know what your visitors
think about your website).

More Information:
http://www.willmaster.com/master/recommend/MasterRecommendmanual.html

———————–
Master Auto-Responder
———————–

This is a standard auto-responder program. The
script allows you to set the “From:” and “Subject:”
lines for your auto-response.You can also choose to
receive a copy of each email that the auto-responder
receives.

More Information:
http://mastercgi.com/howtoinfo/howautoresponderswork.shtml

If you need more help installing your CGI scriptsScience Articles, here
are two excellent free tutorials:

http://spider-food.net/install-a-cgi-script.html
http://www.stefan-pettersson.nu/scripts utorials/installcgi.html

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Use cgi to automate your web site

Are you taking advantage of the powerful automation technology available on the Internet? Common Gateway Interface, better known as CGI, is one of the most widely used server applications on the Inter…

Are you taking advantage of the powerful
automation technology available on the
Internet? Common Gateway Interface, better
known as CGI, is one of the most widely
used server applications on the Internet.
This software resides on your server and
automatically performs specified functions
on your web site.

If you’ve been on the Internet for a while,
you’ve probably seen many examples of CGI
use and didn’t even realize it. Search
Engines, Directories and Forums all use
CGI scripts. Scripts can run everything
from a form on your web site to an affiliate
program. They can give you the power to
completely automate your web site.

There are scripts online that can automate
all of the following:

* Make your product available for download
* Take the customers order
* Approve it right online
* Send your customer a password
* Send you a confirmation of the order

You can sell your products around the clock
and never lift a finger.

SuperScripts – http://www.superscripts.com/

If you have a subscription box on your web
site, then you’re already using a program to
process the information. That’s a good start
however, there are many additional ways you
can use this powerful technology.

Here are some great scripts to get you started.

The Master Series:

Master Form

This form will enable you to have the results
emailed to you or to a specified address. It
can write your information to a database file
and even enable you to have a personalized
thank you page. In addition, you can even
have multi-page forms with no limit on the
number of pages.

Master Feedback

Allow your visitors to provide you with
feedback. Master Feedback enables you to
add your own information fields with radio
buttons, checkboxes, dropdown lists and
text fields. The great thing about using
Master Feedback is that it helps you spam-
proof your site by not requiring your
email address anywhere on your page.

Master Recommend

Word of mouth is one of the best forms of
advertising. Master Recommend will enable
your visitors to recommend your web site to
a friend. This great script is multi-lingual,
which means that the emails sent can be
written in any language.

Master Subscriber Pro

Enable your visitors to subscribe to multiple
ezines by checking the boxes beside the
publication they wish to subscribe. They’ll
only need to enter their email address one
time and won’t be forced to leave your web site.

The great thing about this script is that it
is compatible with ezines hosted with Egroups,
Topica, etc., or any ezine that uses an email
address for subscriptions.

Master Syndicator

If you write articles, Master Syndicator will
enable you to syndicate your content. You
simply copy and paste your article into a
form and click on submit. Your article will
instantly be ready for syndication. To
display your content, webmasters will need
to place two small lines of JavaScript
within their web page where they’d like the
article to display. Each time you update
your article, every web site using your code
will automatically be updated.

The Master Series scripts can be found here:
http://hop.clickbank.net/hop.cgi?wsnet/willmaster

WebBBS

This great script will enable you to set up
your own forum. Unlike most bulletin board
scripts, WebBBS stores messages as simple
text files and creates HTML pages as needed.

This great script supports automatic quoting
of message text and email notification of
those who want to be informed of new posts.
http://awsd.com/scripts/webbbs/index.shtml

WebAdverts

Set up a rotating banner system on your web
site and track response rates. WebAdverts
will enable you to not only set up a rotating
banner system, but if you’d like, you can set
up your own banner exchange. Banners can be
displayed on your pages using SSI tags, IFRAME
tags, or standard IMG tags.

The great thing about this script is that you
can include banners on CGI-generated pages.
In addition, you can filter the banners by
allowing certain banners to appear only on
certain pages. This script is a little
complicated, but well worth it.
http://awsd.com/scripts/webadverts/index.shtml

Links

If you’ve ever wanted to set up a directory,
this great script will make it simple. It is
modeled after Yahoo and inspired by The CGI
Resource Index. It can be completely
customized to match the look and feel of your
web site.
http://www.gossamer-threads.com/scripts/links/

POD

The Personal Open Directory script will enable
you to pull the contents of the Open Directory
Project into your own web pages. It is
completely customizable and will enable your
visitors to have access to this great
directory without leaving your web site.
http://grohol.com/downloads/pod/dmoz/

Learn more about CGI:
http://www.howstuffworks.com/cgi.htm

Locate CGI Scripts:
http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/

If you’re not utilizing the full benefits that
CGI has to offer, you’re missing the boat. Not
only will it save you a great deal of timeArticle Submission,
but it will also process your information
around the clock. Scripts can assist you in
making your web site an interactive community
and bring your site to life.

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Cgi security issues

When you are creating or using CGI … you must be careful to keepgood coding … security and just plain common sense in … you can do things that cause serious … s

When you are creating or using CGI routines, you must be careful to keep
good coding techniques, security and just plain common sense in mind.
Sometimes you can do things that cause serious unexpected site effects. In
fact, sometimes you may think you are making your CGI routine secure only
to find out it just doesn’t work like you expected.

A good example of a this phenomenon is a simple CGI routine called FormMail.
This was written a number of years ago by a fellow named Matt Wright to
allow data to be entered in a form, then emailed to a recipient.

I first looked at FormMail because I wanted to cut down on spam. You see, my
web site had my email address embedded on every single page. I thought this
was a good idea to allow people to send me an email message when they wanted
to contact me. In fact, all of the web design books indicate that all good
web sites include an email link of this kind.

I soon discovered, much to my horror, that spammers use special programs
called Spam Harvesters to scan websites for email addresses. They add these
addresses to their mailing lists and resell them over and over. The result
is a large increase in the amount of spam that I received.

After much research, I came to the conclusion that the best defense against
spam robots was to simply stop including my email address on my web sites.
This left the question of how to allow users to contact me when they had
questions or comments.

The answer is simple – use a form. The advantage is that the email address
is hidden within the CGI routine or a text file and it is simply not
possible for a spam harvester to pick it up. As long as the email address is
coded into the CGI routine or in a database you are relatively secure.

However, many people use FormMail in a different way. Let’s say you want to
allow your visitors to “tell a friend” about your site. So you include a
form which allows visitors to enter their message and a target email
address. If you are not very careful you could find that you have set
yourself up as a spam relay.

You see, spammers are always looking for ways to hide their identity. One
common method is to search the internet for occurrences of FormMail.
Sometimes I wonder if spammers rub their hands together in glee when they
find sites which use FormMail with user-entered email addresses.

The spammer essentially “hijacks” the FormMail CGI routine and causes it to
send out emails as fast and furiously as they can. I know of one instance
where a spammer sent over one million emails in a single day before someone
noticed that their web server was going very slowly (I wonder how long it
would have taken had the spammer tried limiting the load on the server so it
didn’t show up as much).
What happens here is very simple. The FormMail CGI routine is simply called
remotely by the spammer, once for each spam email that he wants to send.

Ah, you say, but you could code the FormMail routine to check the referrer
field. This would surely prevent a spammer from using it remotely, as his
referrer would not be the website URL.

Sorry, no. The referrer field is actually a text string passed to the CGI
routine by the browser. The spammer is most likely using a program which
appears, to your web site, to be just another browser. Since the spammer
controls the program he can code it to send the CGI routine whatever value
he wants for the referrer field.

As it turns out, it is very difficult to make a CGI routine such as FormMail
even relatively secure, and it may be impossible to make it bullet-proof.
All you can do is check enough things and put in delays here and there to
slow down and discourage spammers.

You could, for example, only allow one posting per IP address per hour. You
could also check referrer just to block out the more ignorant spammers. I
suppose you could count the number of times the routine is called, and have
it just stop working after a certain amount. For example, only allow one
hundred calls per day from anywhere.

The point here is not to tear apart the FormMail routine. The goal is to
show how difficult it can be to make anything secure on the internet, and
demonstrate that some assumptions (that the referrer field is a valid check)
may not be true in all cases.

What do you do? Before you implement any CGI or similar interface, be sure
and do a little research to be sure you completely understand and handle
the ramifications. If you don’t do thisFeature Articles, you may find yourself the victim of
a hacker or spammer.

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Cgi what the heck is that

Let’s unlock a little bit of the mystery about … called CGI. If ithelps any, CGI means Common Gateway … This is a method which isused to exchange data between the server (the hardware

Let’s unlock a little bit of the mystery about something called CGI. If it
helps any, CGI means Common Gateway Interface. This is a method which is
used to exchange data between the server (the hardware and software that
actually allows you to get to your web site) and a web client (your
browser). CGI is actually a set of standards where a program or script (a
series of commands) can send data back to the web server where it can be
processed.

Typically, you use standard HTML tags to get data from a person, then pass
that data to a CGI routine. The CGI routine then performs some action with
the data.

Some of the more common uses of CGI include:

– Guestbooks – The CGI routine is responsible for accepting the data,
ensuring it is valid, sending an email acknowledgement back to the writer,
perhaps sending an email to the webmaster, and creating the guestbook entry
itself.

– Email Forms – A simple CGI forms routine just formats the data into an
email and sends it back to the webmaster. More complicated routines can
maintain a database, send an acknowledgement and validate data.

– Mailing List Maintenance – These routines allow visitors to subscribe and
unsubscribe from a mailing list. In this case, the CGI routine maintains a
database of email addresses, and the better ones send acknowledgements back
to the visitor and webmaster.

A CGI routine can be anything which understands the CGI standard. A popular
CGI language is called PERL, which is simple to understand and use (well,
compared to other languages). PERL is a scripting language, which means each
time a PERL routine is executed the web server must examine the PERL
commands to determine what to do. In contrast, a compiled language such as
C++ or Visual Basic can be directly executed, which is faster and more
efficient.

Okay, in a nutshell (and greatly simplified), here’s how it works:

1) You (the webmaster) specify a form tag which includes the name of the CGI
routine.

2) You create HTML tags which retrieves data from your visitors.

3) Each of the input tags includes a variable name. The data which is
retrieved from the visitor (or directly set if the tag includes the “hidden”
qualifier) is placed in the variable name.

4) When the visitor presses the “submit” button, the CGI routine which was
specified in the form tag is executed. At this time, the CGI routine “takes
control”, meaning the browser essentially is waiting for it to complete.

5) This CGI routine can get data from variable names. It retrieves the data
and does whatever action is required.

6) When the CGI routine finishes, it returns control back to the web client
(the browser).

Some important things to remember about CGI routines:

– You can install CGI routines on your own site if your host allows it –
Addr.Com is an example of a web host which allows for CGI routines. Some web
hosts do not allow you to install your own routines but do provide some
pre-written ones to you. If these are not sufficient for your needs, you can
find a remote hosting service to provide the necessary functions.

– Generally, if you install your own routines they must be installed in the
cgi-bin directory of your site. This is a special location which allows
scripts and programs to be executed.

– CGI routines work best on Apache-style servers. Windows NT and Windows
2000 does support CGI, but it tends to be slow and problematic.

– If you use a remote hosting service, you must remember that although they
appear to be giving you this for free, you are actually paying a price.
Usually they want to display advertisements, although some of them actually
take visitors away from your site.

– When you write a CGI routineArticle Submission, you have the choice of a scripting language
like PERL or a compiled language such as C++ or Visual Basic. Anything which
can execute on the web server is acceptable.

I hope this short introduction to CGI has cleared up some of the mystery.

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How to stop digital thieves with cgi

I’m going to assume you’re serious about your … Ifyou’re not, I can’t help you anyway. You’ve gone as far … a real merchant account to accept credit card … You know that

I’m going to assume you’re serious about your business. If
you’re not, I can’t help you anyway. You’ve gone as far as
getting a real merchant account to accept credit card payments
online.

You know that this was neither easy or cheap. So does everyone
else! So, a merchant account shows that you’ve made a serious
commitment to your business. That’s good for customer
confidence, which is good for business. So far so good…

Now there’s the issue of selling stuff to people online. Your
order form leads them to feed their credit card info to a secure
gateway, using software you bought or leased from (or through)
your merchant account provider. Finally, the transaction is
approved or denied.

If approved, the software generates a receipt and emails you
and the customer each a copy. At this point, the customer is
returned to a page you specified. In the case of downloadable
products, this is often the page where they download your
product. So, you’ve got the entire process fully automated.

For a product or service with a fairly low price point and a
potential for many thousands of sales, this seems ideal. You can
quite literally make sales and earn income 24 hours a day. So,
what’s the problem?

The form code on your order page is the problem. If someone
uses the ViewSource function of their browser, they can see all
your code. If they have even a tiny bit of initiative and skill,
they can locate the URL of your download page. After all, it’s
right there in your form code!

CGI provides two ways of fixing this problem. One involves
using a script that makes it impossible to view the source code.
You can find a source for such a script by searching the web.
Expect to pay a lot for this technology.

Another way is to make the return path a script instead of the
actual download location. The script would be used to create and
display the download page. It would not be visible to the
surfer, since it’s not an HTML document. The script can also
record details of the transaction for book-keeping purposes.

I admit that I discovered this by trial and error – and a lucky
guess or two. Your merchant account gateway software may have
radically different behavior than mine, but here’s what I’ve
learned:

The gateway uses the POST method to send the customer to your
specified return URL (which can be a script as well as a web
page). It also POSTs most of its input data items at the same
time. They are usually ignored, but your script can read them if
you want to!

Use the names given to the form inputs. Have your script
extract the values of these “named parameters” at the time it
creates the download page. Record what you want to save about
the transaction in your orders file or database.

Now here’s the real secret to foiling the thieves. Inside the
script, check to see that the variables you extract contain
non-empty values. Did you get that? Here’s an example:

if ($email eq “”) {exit;}

In this example, the script expects to get an email address. If
it contains no characters, the script quits instantly. By
testing for the presence of some data in such fields as customer
name, email address, item #, price, etc., you can tell whether
the script was called after a successful transaction – or by a
thief…

Put all your security checks prior to the code that creates the
download page. If any test fails, the script exits and the thief
is left empty- handed. If your form-handling script can convert
a product name to a product ID that’s never visible to a
browserHealth Fitness Articles, this provides even more security. This will be POSTed
back to the script and you can check for it before allowing the
download.

Close these security holes and you’ll make more money. You may
even sleep a little better knowing that people can’t steal that
product you worked so hard to create. I know I do!

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Quick intro to php development

Chances are that if you’ve been around the Internet long enough, you’ve heard of … … … such as PERL, ASP and … These are all popular … that are used to add

Chances are that if you’ve been around the Internet long enough, you’ve heard of server-side scripting languages such as PERL, ASP and ColdFusion. These are all popular languages that are used to add interactivity to Web sites, but one stands out from the crowd in terms of usability, power, and, yes, price: the PHP scripting language. Initially developed in 1995 by North Carolina programmer Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP has since blossomed into one of the leading open-source, cross-platform scripting languages available. This is due, in large part, to the worldwide community of coders that contributes to its development. Unlike proprietary scripting languages like ASP and ColdFusion, PHP’s source code is freely available for peer review and contributions. This is, of course, the essence of open-source software development, but why is it that PHP in particular has gained such popularity among Web developers when there are other open-source alternatives, such as good old-fashioned PERL CGI scripts?

One very strong reason is that PHP, unlike PERL CGI scripts, is scalable and fast. Instead of requiring the server to start a new process in the operating system’s kernel for each new request, which uses both CPU time and memory, PHP can run as a part of the Web server itself, which saves a considerable amount of processing time when dealing with multiple requests. This decreased processing time means that PHP can be used for high-traffic sites that cannot afford to have their performance hampered by relatively slow CGI scripts.

In addition to its scalability and speed, another usability factor that sets PHP apart is its ease of use. The PHP language is considered to be a mix between C and PERL, and it draws from the best features of each parent language, while adding unique features of its own. For example, PHP code can be embedded within standard HTML documents without using additional print statements or calling separate scripts to perform the processing tasks. In practice, this allows for very flexible programming practices. Although a working knowledge of HTML is a prerequisite for PHP development, PHP’s basic functions can be learned quickly and applied to a wide range of common Webmaster-related projects, such as order forms, e-mail responses, and interactive Web pages.

Contributing to the power of the PHP language, is its native support for leading relational database platforms, including MySQL, Oracle and PostgreSQL. Platform-specific functions are built into the language for 12 databases in all. This native support for database platforms is a boon to any site that needs to track user information, store product data, or collect sales information.

Last but not least, because PHP is open-source, it is essentially free to use. Almost all professional Unix-based Web hosts offer PHP as an included option with hosting accounts. Be sure to check with your host to see if it is available to you.

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Better writing what works and what doesnt

There’s no better way to promote your business for free than to write articles on the … It is … good for … … where … doesn’t work as well, even if you can

There’s no better way to promote your business for free than to write articles on the Internet. It is particularly good for promoting services, where advertising doesn’t work as well, even if you can afford it.

All business is about relationship. You can’t meet face-to-face with each person, or even reach them on the telephone every time. Often your contact will have to be in writing. How good is your writing?

I’D RATHER HAVE A ROOT CANAL?

Writing is right up there with public speaking for many of us. It’s so public, and, in the case of writing, so permanent.

My mother used to say, “Never put anything in black and white you wouldn’t want the whole wide world to see.” It’s a wonder I could write at all! Scary thought, isn’t it. Since I coach Emotional Intelligence (EQ), let’s turn that around and say, “Put things in black and white you want the whole world to see.” That’s the power of the pen, mightier, after all, than the sword.

I went on to major in English and then to earn my living writing. However, you don’t have to be a professional writer to write something someone else can enjoy or benefit from, or to write for your own enjoyment or wellness

YOU AREN’T WRITING FOR MISS CRUMPLESTINE ANY MORE

The first point you should know is that writing for the Internet should be at the 6th to 9th grade level.

Not everyone on the Internet has a college education, or even a high school education. We are all in hurry, and we want out information fast. Short, uncomplicated sentences work well. So do lists. No need for big words. Just clarity.

WHY WRITING IS SO HARD

Here is a scenario that happened to me repeatedly when I was in public relations. The boss would call me in and say, “I don’t know how to say this.” I’d say, “What is it you want to say?” and I would have my pad and pencil handy. He or she would start talking, and I would start writing And what I wrote down was exactly what the person was saying!

I would then go back to my office, dot a few Is and cross a few Ts, return the article to them, and they would say, “How marvelous. How do you do it?”

Yes, of course I cleaned up the grammar and added or subtracted some adjectives or adverbs, and maybe changed the order, but the point I want to make is that if the person had just written down what he or she was thinking, he or she wouldn’t have been far from having a good enough article or letter. Yes, I polished it, but the diamond in the rough was still there to be polished!

It happened just the other day, which is what prompted me to write this article. Someone had written me an email with something profound in it, and I asked if I could quote her in an article. When I finished the article, I sent it back to her, with her rather lengthy quote, and here is her reply: “GAD! Seeing my words in print, I am surprised at my own clarity. Goes to show that spontaneous reactions are often the truest.”

Then yesterday, I asked someone else if I could quote them, and she wrote back: “Reading that you want to quote me I am awash with emotions – pride, astonishment, surprise, delight, a little scared, somewhat uncomfortable.”

IT’S AN EMOTIONAL THING

Do you see the emotion in what they’ve written back? We know from Emotional Intelligence how emotions can fog the brain; the analytical part of the brain.

How so? Many emotions go through your brain if you aren’t used to writing a lot because of the thoughts you’re thinking, because of your self-talk. Here are some:

·I don’t know how to write.
·I’ll say something stupid.
·My 6th grade teacher said I was a terrible writer.
·Someone will misunderstand what I write and I’ll get cards and letters.
·I can’t do this.
·I hate to write.
·I flunked writing sophomore year in high school.
·My last English course was freshman year in college.
·I never finished high school.

WHAT WORKS

There are two major ways to learn how to write: read and write.

The best writers are those who have read the most. Why? Because your brain is a marvelous thing, and picks up what you’re reading, and you don’t have to learn any rules. Just as a child learns how to speak. We all learn how to speak around the house. Later on in school we learn grammar rules, but we’ve been speaking for years.

You have to read the GOOD writers, of course. Read the hard stuff. Dostoevsky, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Dante. This sort of reading will benefit you in many ways.

Then write. A writer writes! Like any other skill, you have to do it to learn it. You can read about it, and memorize rules, and attend seminars, and go to workshops (and by all means read Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style”( http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/020530902X/susandunnmome-20 ), a classic that’s now in its fourth edition) but you must not stop there. You must start writing.

One of the best ways to direct the actual writing process is to work with a writing coach. You won’t be able to judge your own writing appropriately at first.

WHAT DOESN’T WORK

What will NOT work is learning some skills you are not able to use because your emotions are interfering, or you don’t use because you never sit down and apply them.

You must actually start writing. Like learning a language, it’s practicing it that makes you fluent.

META

A meta way to improve your writing is to develop your Emotional Intelligence. It teaches you how to manage the emotions which are throwing obstacles in your path to learning writing. It has the added value of helping you to learn in general, not just writing.

It’s about getting the emotions out of the way that are hampering you from learning. We all suffer from this to one degree or another. We all had a teacher at some point who was harsh or punitive, or a circumstance where we weren’t able to learn it fast enough. Maybe we were rushed, and fell flat on our face in public, or were embarrassed. Maybe we had a parent who said, “Marsha will never be an artist,” or “Freddie can’t do this or that.” Getting rid of the memory of these experiences is managing your emotions, and part of Emotional Intelligence as well.

WRITE ON!

One of the wonderful things to me about the Internet is the opportunity it gives all of us to “tell our story.”

Get in there and write, whether you do it for publication, for money, for fun, or to promote your products and services. You have things to say that others need to hear!

Writing things out also brings clarity to your thinking process. Studies show that writing things down improves your efficiencyFeature Articles, and even is good for your mental health.

Write on!

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