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  1. I may post this to the Help Desk, but thought I'd check with others here first. I was working with one of my customers this morning - they were having problems getting their email. I resolved their problems, but in retrieving their email messages, the following one appeared - and I was curious if anyone has seen this themselves: Thanks, -kw
  2. If someone simply views your web page with an image on it through a browser, it has, for all intent and purposes, already been downloaded to their PC. No way to track that! But, if you want to actually provide files for downloading, and keep track of who has downloaded it -- well, I'm implementing such a thing right now! You can take a peek at it - but bear in mind, I'm still working on it: Go to: http://www.irricomp.com/downloadpage.htm and clcik on the link at the bottom of the page. That starts up the CGI script. On that page, you are required to enter name and a valid email address on the left side, and select which file(s) you want to download. Then click Send. An email is then generated and sent to the email address entered. This is good, because it validates that a correct emailw as entered. In the generated email is a link to select, and the selected files are then sent as an email attachment to the user! -kw
  3. Will, three pieces to the puzzle: 1. First you create your web site 2. You need to select a web provider to host (store) your web site. Let's say you initially choose Tripod. When you do, they'll tell you that you can access your web site with a URL such as: www.members.tripod.com/server4/~william Pretty long and ugly, doncha think? 3. So then you ask: can I register www.william.com and have it point (redirect) people to my site at www.members.tripod.com/server4/~william ? Answer: you betcha you can! Not only that, but if you wish, you could also register www.william.org or www.william.net, and have them also point to your site. But why stop there? You could also decide to register www.will-and-grace.com or www.willywonka.net. Get the point? Think of a domain name (mysite.com or mysite.org) as nothing more than a nickname. Your real name may be William Joseph Smith, Jr - but everyone just calls you Will. Same way, your web site may be at www.members.tripod.com/server4/~william - but everyone can get there by using www.william.com or www.william.org. How do they do it? Is it magic? No, not really. When you register a domain name (like www.william.com), you simply inform them at the time of registering the web provider it should point or link to. This is the purpose of the 'nameserver'. AFAIK, there's no limits on the number of actual domains that you register. Finally, let's say you get your site up and running on Tripod, and then decide to switch and have your site hosted here on TotalChoice Hosting instead. What do you do? Simply: 1. Sign up with TCH 2. Republish your web site to TCH 3. Contact whoever you used to initially register your various domain names (www.will-and-grace.com, etc) and have them redirect all those domain names from Tripod to TCH. Then within 24-72 hours whenever someone types in www.william.org, they will be redirected to your web site now located at TCH. Hope this helps! kw
  4. Nota bene: Simply access CPanel for your site, and scroll down to find the path (location) for PERL and other helpful information! -kw
  5. If interested in CuteSITE Builder to build web sites, then check out my Unofficial CuteSITE Builder Support site, which happens to be hosted on TCH! http://www.kwsupport.com/csb -kw
  6. For help in setting up cron jobs through CPanel, go to the online documentation at http://www.cpanel.net/docs/cp/ and on the left hand side scroll down and click on the entry 'Cron Jobs' -kw
  7. KevinW


    I have ported a customer's web site from BellSouth to TCH. On Bell South we were using a cgiemail form. After bring the site up on TCH, the cgiemail form only works if the designated "required" fields are entered. If any of the required fields are left blank, the script errors instead of displaying a message to the user that a required field was not entered. You can see it in action at: http://www.irricomp.com/info.htm -- scroll down to the bottom. If you simply click on Submit, script errors. But if you enter anything for a name and email (the only two required fields) , script runs. P.S. I have tried defining the required fields as both required-fieldname and required_fieldname -- per the documentation. Can some identify the version of cgiemail installed here? -kw
  8. Nice way to spend the day? -kw
  9. We all feel the same way ... even when there are momentary interruptions on a server! Welcome aboard. -kw
  10. chmod is short for 'change mod' -- which means to change or modify the permissions for a file or directory. With Unix/Linux, you can declare whether someone can have Read ( r ) permission, Write (w) permission, or Execute (x) permission for any given file or directory. These permissions are usually listed together as a group of three characters, such as rwx :read/write/execute r-x :read & execute, but not write rw- : read & write, but not execute --x : execute only Not only that, you can further assign these r,w,x permissions to 3 different groups of users: (1) the owner of the file or directory, (2) the group that the owner belongs to, and (3) everyone else, commonly known as 'others'. Most FTP utilities (WsFTP, CuteFTP, etc) provide the ability to do a CHMOD on a file or directory, usually by right clicking on the file or directory in question. You may decide that the owner of the file (you) should be able to read, write and execute the script (rwx), while other people in the group the owner belowns to should only be able to read or execute the script (r-x), and that any other users only be able to execute the script (--x) If so, this is how the permissions may appear: rwx r-x --x Where the first group (rwx) is you, the r-x is others in your group, and --x is for all other users (the world). Since Unix/Linux and computers in general are really mathematical beasts, it's possible to replace rwx with a single value. A read ( r ) is given a value of 4, a write (w) is given a value of 2, and an execute (x) is given a value of 1. Simply decide on your desiered permissions for each gorup (you,, the group, and others) and add up the numbers in each. Examples: rwx = 4 + 2 + 1 = 7 r-x = 4 + 1 = 5 rw- = 4 + 2 = 6 --x = 1 So, my earlier example of rwx r-x --x can also be translated as 751 , where rwx=7 r-x = 5 --x = 1 Finally, In many CGI/PERL scripts, they may include instructions to CHMOD a particular file to 755. Know you know that 755 means: the owner gets top read, write, and execute (rwx = 7) others in the same group can read or execute (r-x = 5) all others in the world can read or execute (r-x = 5) Know, aren't you glad you asked? -kw
  11. KevinW


    Hey, nice 'come back' and response! Sometimes we all can take something the wrong way, or say something the wrong way. Good of you to understand Bill's side, and to respond accordingly. Welcome aboard the SNH train! -kw
  12. I think you will like it here at SNH. Click on the 'Members' link towards the top right of the page (Help | Search | Members | Calendar) to see a list of all members signed up. -kw
  13. Here's a link to understanding and building a simple database using PHP & MySQL: http://www.webmasterbase.com/article/228 And here's a link to a PHP resource web site: http://www.phpbuilder.com/ -kw
  14. Most information and advice on protecting yourself from hackers address those situations where you have your own server. By using a 3rd party web provider, like ***** Hosting, you've taken the first and biggest step. You're paying SNH to maintain firewalls, security patches, and the lkike to keep out hackers. -kw
  15. I was recently told of the following utility (from REL Software) which will check your web site for broken links. They have both a free version and a fairly inexpensive ($27) full version. You download the software and install on your PC, and then run it against your web site. To download the software, go to: http://www.relsoftware.com/ And here are the super simple, 'quick start' instructions to get you going: Step 1. Launch the program. Step 2. Select View -> Web Site Verification (). Step 3. Press New (). Step 4. Enter a URL into the URL Field as you would in your web browser and press Start. Important: If you select a HTML folder then it is important to put a '/' at the end of the folder address. For example, you should use: http://www.relsoftware.com/wlv/ not http://www.relsoftware.com/wlv Step 5. After checking the links, close Web Site Verification Process window. HTH! -kw
  16. Are you trying to assign a favicon to your web site to show up under favorites? If so, and since you have move to a different web server, you may need to verify that your <Link REL...> code is correct. Example: <LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF="http://www.mysite.com/graphics/icons/mypage.ico"> -kw
  17. Just my opinion ... allowing the user to change their password is usually something you provide on a local (LAN) server. In setting up a web server for an organization, I've not seen where a user is allowed to changed their associated email password to the email/web server. That is NOT something that should change very often. Whwn I am setting up a new web domain/server for a customer, I've recently started to use an automatic password generator tool to create a random password. Then when I set up a particular user's email account, I use the generated password, and then document it along with my instructions to the user. I have a simple such password generator on my web site. Go to http://www.kwsupport.com/csb and on the left column click on the link under Recent Postings fir the password generator. HTH. kw
  18. Lianna, Does this help? For Outlook 2002: Choose Tools | E-mail Accounts. Select View or change existing directories or address books, and then click Next. Select Outlook Address Book, and then click Change. Under Show names by, choose First Last or File As. Slipstick http://www.slipstick.com/dev/olforms/ordcont.htm It comes from www.slipstick.com which is my first place I go to for Outlook or exchange related questions.
  19. The option to delete or keep mail up on the mail server is a standard option in virtually all client email programs. Indeed, the peference is to set it so that once your email program (Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, etc) has retrieved your email from theserver, that it is then deleted from the server. In Outlook Express, for example, you would find it by going to Tools > Accounts > Mail > Properties > Advanced -kw
  20. When I go to http://borfast.com/cgi-bin/cart.cgi/admin/index.html -- I get a Page cannot be found. I would suggest verifying (a) name/spelling, and ( permissions -kw
  21. KevinW

    Asp Pages

    Piero, to further clarify ... if support for ASP is a requirement of yours, understand that ASP is a Microsoft specific programming language, and requires a server that is running Windows 2000 Server O/S rather than Unix/Linux. -kw
  22. Generally, SSI code requires that you name your HTMP page using the .shtml suffix instead of the standard .htm or .html suffix. Example: index.shtml instead of index.htm . Then, all you need to do is insert the appropriate SSI code (generally this is a CGI executer command in your page.rename the HTML page -kw
  23. So, Bill, if I post a question, and then answer it myself inside 10 minuytes --- can I get a job in tech support??
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