How to Install a CGI Script and Increase Web Site Interactivity

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9. Create your html form (contactus.htm).

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We will respond shortly".<p>Uploading<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 134403"> cgi script and html email form.<p>Use your favorite FTP program for uploading to your server (I use which you can download for free).<p>11. Set permissions to 755 - in SmartFTP right click on<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 134404"> script file you wish to upload, click on Properties/CHMOD and set<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 134405"> permissions to 755.<p>12. Upload<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 134406"> cgi script - there are two modes of uploading, ASCII and Binary. Upload<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 134407"> cgi script ( and any txt files in ASCII mode. Upload<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 134408"> script to<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 134409"> cgi-bin folder. If you don't follow this you will not be able to execute<IMG height=12 src="/the2.jpg" alt="repparttar 134410"> script.<p>13. 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