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.
Multi-User level and up accounts
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.
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:
- The HTML Writers Guild
- WWW Development Resources
- HTML Writers Guild Useful URls
- The Webmaster's Reference
- HTML Station
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:
- Please include enough info so we can write the link without having to recontact you. You can view the indexes to familiarize yourself with the formats. You can also request a link on any one of the indexes, or the Personal Pages Index and either the Busines Index or the Non-Profit Index as appropriate.
- A small graphic, and a short text link can be included. The graphic should be small (a height of 35 pixels and a width of 100 pixels). Please don’t send the graphic itself to us, just tell us WHERE the graphic is and we will link to it (if you move or delete the graphic, your index link will show the ‘broken image.’ If you want to replace it, give the new image the exact same name.
For example: “http://www.sover.net/~username/images/logo.GIF.”