Frequently Asked Questions - CGI
- HTML documents are plain
text files that live on a computer connected to the Internet, ready to be
viewed. A Web server waits for and sends out those files in response
to requests from Web browsers. There is nothing dynamic or interactive about
these documents--they are "flat" files. If you want your site to do
something dynamic or interactive, like handling information in an HTML form,
you have to run a separate program outside your Web server.
That's where CGI comes in--it's the interface between these applications and the
These external programs can do just
about anything: handle incoming forms, grab records from a database, save
data to a file, and so on. As long as you conform to the CGI specification,
you have a wide choice of tools for writing your CGI applications. Typically,
you use Perl (practical extraction and report language), although you can write
CGI applications in just about any programming language, including Java and
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Does my Elite Host account come standard with CGI capabilities?
- Each Elite Host account
comes standard with certain CGI capabilities.
More CGI scripts are being added
each month. We will be sure to let you know as they become available.
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