Common Gateway Interface (CGI)
CGI programs run on a web server but can be
invoked through a web page by visitors to your site. CGI programs can
be written in a variety of programming languages including C, C++, Perl and
Python. They can be used to perform a wide range of tasks such as
processing forms, sending email, building HTML pages 'on-the-fly' or
counting site visitors.
We have loaded a number of CGI programs onto
your server and has configured them for you so they are ready to use.
See Pre-configured CGI-bin Scripts for more
If you are not familiar with CGI scripting,
you may like to learn more about it through one of the following online
The CGI Resource Index
Put your cgi-bin scripts in your cgi-bin
subdirectory (off your public_html directory).
Paths to Programs
(puts you in the cgi-bin directory)
It is important to set the permissions
correctly for your CGI programs or they may not work. In most cases,
you should set them to chmod 755. Do NOT chmod any script or
folder to 777 as it will not work, rather chmod the script or folder to 755.
You can set permissions through the Control
Panel or by accessing your account through SSH Telnet using the chmod
(change mode) command or via FTP (the preferred method by most webmasters).
Please note that scripts can enter
infinite loops and cause problems for any server. Please edit scripts
For additional assistance visit our
CGI Troubleshooting Web Page