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How to Install a CGI Script and Increase Web Site Interactivity
By: Herman Drost
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    2004-11-17

    Table of Contents:
  • How to Install a CGI Script and Increase Web Site Interactivity
  • Steps to installing your own cgi script
  • Create your html form
  • Uploading the cgi script and html email form

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    Use your favorite FTP program for uploading to your server (I use
    SmartFTP.com which you can download for free).

    11. Set permissions to 755 - in SmartFTP right click on the script file you wish to upload, click on Properties/CHMOD and set the permissions to 755.

    12. Upload the cgi script - there are two modes of uploading, ASCII and Binary. Upload the cgi script (contactus.pl) and any txt files in ASCII mode. Upload the script to the cgi-bin folder. If you don't follow this you will not be able to execute the script.

    13. Upload the html form and any image files like .jpg or .gif in Binary mode.

    14. Test your cgi script by filling out the html email form and submitting it. You should receive an immediate confirmation.

    By adding interactivity to your web site using a cgi script, you can expand the functions of your web site and create a more interesting experience for your visitors. This will keep them coming back and help you stay ahead of your competitors.

    Resources

    Formmail script

    Free CGI scripts
    Scriptarchive.com
    Hotscripts.com
    cgi-resources.com

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