Information for Do-It-Yourself Web Clients
So you've got your account, now what? The first thing to do is to
learn HTML if you do not know it already. There are many resources on
the net for this. But there is some information specific to our site
that you will need. This should all be covered below. If your
question is not answered here, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your pages are running under the apache server, version 2.0.47 on a
multiprocessor pentium system running linux (Red Hat 9).
- If you have a regular account, your URL is
http://www.actwin.com/account, where account is
the name of your account with us. If you have signed up for domain
name service or a virtual server, then you will have a different URL
that we will tell you about.
- You may change your password through a web page with this form.
- You have FTP access to our web server. You should use FTP to
connect to www.actwin.com or your virtual server, and login
with your account name and password. Do not login as
anonymous. You will automatically be connected to the directory your
web documents should be put in.
Besides the well-known "get", "put", and "dir" FTP commands, there are
others which are useful in maintaining your web pages. The exact
commands vary depending on your FTP client, but you should have the
ability to delete files, rename files, create directories, remove
directories and many more options than you will need. For example, to
make a script executable, the command is typically "site chmod 755
filename". Remember to use binary mode when transferring GIF,
JPEG, and other non-text files to the server.
- The default page in any directory is index.html. This
means if you have a directory foo in your account, and reference the
URL http://www.actwin.com/you/foo, the web server will attempt
to return the document foo/index.html in your account. New
accounts are setup with a simple template index.html file which
you may edit or replace. If index.html does not exist, it will
look for index.htm instead. If neither of those are found, it
will list the files in the directory.
- You may put any kind of files in your directory, and create
subdirectories for your use as well. If you exceed the disk usage
that you signed up for, we will notify you by email by the next
- Either of the suffixes .html or .htm will be
recognized as HTML files, for the benefit of those running broken
Microsoft operating systems. When the system seaches for an index
file in a directory, it looks first for index.html, then index.htm.
- You may create imagemaps. Place the GIF and map file in your
directory. The map file should be in NCSA format. Then construct a
link directly to the map file; no reference to the imagemap program is
See an example, or a tutorial.
- You may create and install your own CGI scripts. Any file whose
name ends in ".cgi" will be executed as a CGI script. You may create
scripts in perl, sh, csh, or binaries. We are running perl 5.004,
installed in /usr/bin/perl. The scripts will have to be stored as
executable. You can use the "chmod" FTP command to set the file mode
to 755 to do this.
Note that unless specific arrangements are made in advance, all CGI
scripts are expected to be quick, small programs which complete in
under 1 second. If a CGI script is found to be using large amounts of
CPU time or otherwise impacting our ability to serve other web pages,
we may disable such scripts without advance notice.
- You may use PHP for server scripting as well. Any file whose name
ends in ".php" or ".php3" will be run through the PHP parser. More
information about PHP is available at www.php.net.
- We use the excite search engine for full text searches within our
locally hosted websites. If you'd like to have searching available on
your site, please contact us at email@example.com.
- We have a page counter . Just put in your
replacing sitename with the name of your website This will
display a number on your page which increases by one each time it is
displayed. There are many options for customizing how this displays
the counter, as well as displaying the time of day and other
information. See some examples
or the complete documentation.
- We have a script available for sending the contents of a form to
an email address. To use it, create a form with METHOD="POST"
(note that POST must be in uppercase) and
ACTION="/cgi-bin/form2email". Your form should contain two
hidden fields: one called Mail-to whose value is your email
address, the other called Next-url whose value is the URL of
the page to be displayed when this script is executed. For example:
<input type="hidden" name="Mail-to" value="firstname.lastname@example.org">
<input type="hidden" name="Next-url" value="/index.html">
We generate individual statistics pages for each client renting web
space. These are updated nightly. For those with regular accounts on
www.actwin.com, the stats are stored as webstats.html in
your directory, and contain:
If you have a virtual server, you will find a /usage
directory on your site. This contains pages showing long term trends
in your usage, as well as a file webstats.html with the
information described above.
- Daily totals of the network bandwidth you have used.
- The number of times each of your pages have been retrieved. These
totals are reset once a month.
- A "tree report", which totals by directory the number of times each
page has been retrieved. Again, these totals are reset once a
A summary of your usage will be emailed to you once each month.
There are many resources available on the net. If you have problems
or questions specific to our server, email them to email@example.com or call us
at (617) 497-0088. We will try to help with simple problems.
However, for graphic design and script debugging, our standard rate is
We have package deals available for the creation and maintenance of
web pages. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more
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