About Sovernet

The following information is provided because we take the creation and maintenance of your web pages as seriously as you do. We hope this will help you to get started.

Keep Backups of Your Web Files!
We do not guanantee the availability of files for restoration from server backups - always make sure you maintain local copies of all the files pertaining to your website.

SQL database access and SSIs

SQL database access and SSIs (Server Side Includes), excepting the EXEC include, are also supported for those with the appropriate level of service. Accessing MySQL requires that a SQL Directory be part of your account's features. Contact Accounts if you need to add this (as one of your free options or as a separate purchase). SSIs require nothing additional. Our customers also may generate their own CGI scripts. Again, to gain access to this service one must have a Virtual Web Address for a domain hosted by SoVerNet, and the Custom CGI feature needs to be part of the account’s services. Please keep in mind that we do not provide technical support for, nor troubleshoot, user-created CGI scripts.

Many scripts can be found at the CGI Resource Index. This is an archive of some of the available resources on the Internet for CGI. There are pre-made scripts such as message boards, shopping carts, calendars, clocks and many more. There are also sections on documentation and books. It is an outstanding reference for CGI needs. The FormMail.pl script was designed to email the contents of a web form to an address specified by the person creating the form and is the most flexible and useful CGI script available to you (via Sovernet). The configuration of this script is restricted only by your imagination. There is information about configuring your forms to use the FormMail.pl script at the web site of the script’s author.

Note: Since April 24, 2001, Sovernet’s FormMail script complies with rules that bind our other mail services. What this means for you as a user of FormMail is that you will not be able to use FormMail to have your form’s responses emailed directly to non-Sovernet addresses unless the address in question is an address at a Sovernet-hosted domain.Those of you whose scripts are set up to email responses to either a Sovernet address or to a domain hosted by Sovernet, will not be affected.If your script was constructed, or needs to be constructed, to send a form’s responses to an address outside our network, we can provide a Sovernet email address to receive the FormMail messages, and then forward those responses from that address to your desired non-Sovernet address. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to have this set up. For those of you who’d like to use javascript on your pages, take a look at http://javascript.internet.com/.

Multi-User level and up accounts

Multi-User level and up accounts, who have registered a domain name, can select Virtual Web Addressing (for example: http://www.example.com) as one of the account’s free options. This service is also available to Single-User/Residential DSL/Small Business DSL ccounts as an Additional Service. VWAs are available in 3 configurations. For all customers with Virtual Web Addressing, we offer stats through our password protected Enhanced Virtual Stats page (www.example.com/stats where "example.com" is replaced by your domain name). Contact webmaster for more info, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

And, an excellent site structured to answer all questions relative to the Analog stats program (used on the Virtual Webserver for www.example.com-type sites) can be found at their site.

If you are planning on incorporating your URL address into your advertising you may want to consider virtual addressing. To add virtual addressing to your account, contact Accounts.

If you wish to register a domain name or transfer your domain to us, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

While we do not design or create pages, we will do our best to point you in the right direction to locate books and resources on the Web. Below are a few helpful links:

There also are a multitude of email discussion lists and newsgroups that are great HTML resources...check out the Topica lists. To access news groups you must use a "newsreader." If you have any problem configuring your newsreader, contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remember that most browsers have the option to View Source, this will show you the HTML code that made the page you are looking at. Look at what our other customers have done and use View Source to see how they have done it.


If you are interested in placing graphics on the web so they can be viewed/accessed by eBay customers, you need only FTP graphics files to the www directory created for your Personal (or Virtual) Web account. No index.html file is required in this (and only this!) instance. A Personal Web account is one of the free options available to all full Internet accounts, or it can be added separately if your free options are all used. A Virtual Web account is available to Multi-User and up accounts as a freebie option, or can be added as a separately purchased feature to any full Internet account.

Once the image files are properly in place, they will be visible via a url of, for example, <http://www.sover.net/~username/example.jpg&rt; —obviously, username will be replaced with your username and example will be replaced with the actual name of your graphic file. Remember, to do this you must be familiar with the FTP process.

Steps to creating a “Home Page”

Create your HyperText Markup Language (HTML) files using any text editor. Specialized Web authoring software is not required, though some people choose to use it. Most web browsers have a “view source” option where the HTML code for the page you are looking at can be viewed. Establish an FTP connection to the web server.

  • The address for the basic web server, for /~username accounts, is www.sover.net
  • Virtual web server accounts (i.e.: those with a registered domain name and a www. URL) go to: webhost.sover.net

For Windows users, WS_FTP is a popular FTP client program; for Mac users, Fetch is an old & favored program. Both are available through the TUCOWS site, and you’ll find others there as well. With an FTP client program, just connect to www.sover.net (or webhost.sover.net if Virtual).

Connecting to the web server (with your username and password) will land you in your home (“/”) directory on the webserver. With an FTP client program, the www directory should be visible. Select the www directory (double-click to open, if necessary), then choose the files on your computer that you created in the first step. In most cases, you can drag and drop just as if moving files between two folders on your hard drive.

The top-level file in your www. directory must be named 'index.html' or 'index.htm' (or 'index.shtml' if using SSI on the Virtual server—without the quotes in all cases). Be sure all the files you upload go into the directory called www in your home directory on the web server.

NOTE: Be sure the text files you upload are plain text files, and be sure other files (like GIFs (.gif) or JPEGs (.jpg) ) are in an appropriately generic format that they will be readable by all browsers.

Virtual domain customers—Note that the Virtual Web server features enhanced scripting capabilities, Custom CGI, PHP4, SSI, Perl, MySQL ), password protected directories (with radius authentication, or without) and lays the groundwork for future enhancements. Custom CGI and MySQL are services added individually to your account. PHP, Perl, and SSI are capabilities of the virtual server.

Personal Web Sites

Personal Web sites have a Uniform Resource Locater (URL) of: http://www.sover.net/~userid/ where “userid” is your Sovernet user name.
Virtual Web customers—the URL will be the name of your registered domain, e.g.: http://www.example.com

NOTE: You must have a file called index.html (or .htm, or.shtml) which will be the first file that comes up when your URL is accessed. If it is not there, or not EXACTLY titled index... (lowercase only) the browser will display an error.

When you’re done:

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