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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 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.
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
Here are some great scripts
to get you started.
The Master Series:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about CGI:
Locate CGI Scripts:
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 time, 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.