|CGI Web Hosting
If there's one thing that people love
it is a web site that has plenty of automated features. Sites
that are highly interactive tend to get the most traffic and
generate the most business for the companies that run them.
Automated features can also play a "behind the scenes" role,
making your site easier to use, run smoothly and allow for
things like online sales and password protection. There are
many ways to get this type of automation into your site, but
all involve either client side or server side scripting.
Scripts are written in programming languages specially designed
for the web, and there are several languages that are commonly
used. Most client side scripts are written in Java which is
still one of the best web programming languages around. Some
functions of a web site must be completed via server side
scripting, however, and the most commonly used languages for
server side scripting are PHP, PERL, and CGI. PHP and PERL
are newer languages and are gaining a lot of popularity, but
there are still plenty of features that can be scripted in
the granddaddy of web scripting languages, CGI.
No online sales site would be complete without a functioning
shopping cart and most of the best ones have been written
in CGI script. CGI web hosting is great for shopping cart
scripts because it interfaces well with most databases, including
the popular MYSQL and MS Access databases, it can be utilized
on Windows, UNIX, LINUX, and MACOS servers with equal ease,
and can be easily configured for sales tax and shipping cost
calculations. Some newer shopping cart scripts are being written
in PHP and PERL, but most of the functioning carts on the
web are in good old CGI web hosting scripts.
Many web sites require some sort of registration and entry
of a password for the user to access the site's features.
This is done for a number of reasons from simply a desire
to track visitors for marketing purposes to allowing postings
on message boards and ensuring that users have paid any required
fees associated with use of the site. The automated registration
process and user name/password issuance can be written with
CGI scripts and many of them have been.
Have you ever wondered how the forms you fill out online are
handled? In most cases, they're handled by CGI web hosting.
When a user fills in that form and hits the "submit" button,
a CGI script takes over and sends the data in email or writes
it to a database where it can be accessed later by the site's
These are just a few of the uses for CGI scripts on today's
web sites. There are literally hundreds of others and if there's
something that can be done on a web site, it is something
that can be done with CGI. PHP and PERL may be gaining a lot
of popularity for various reasons, but CGI was with us first
and it isn't going anywhere. As long as there are web sites,
CGI web hosting will remain king.
About the author:
John Michaels is a freelance author for WebHostPacks.com where
he regularly publishes articles on how to find a cheap