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June, 2010

  • 16 June

    Permissions for Common File Types

    In a previous post, I explained how to use chmod to change file permissions and also provided some security tips to ensure your file permissions are not more permissive than they need to be. Looking back on those posts, I think it would be useful to list some common file …

January, 2010

  • 7 January

    PHP module vs PHP CGI binary

    Question: What are the differences between running PHP as an Apache module and running it as a CGI binary on a Linux server? Answer: One of the biggest differences between a PHP Apache module and a PHP CGI binary is that the Apache module is just that: a module of …

December, 2009

  • 2 December

    Make your own forum website

    There are many issues to consider when creating your own forum website: themes, topics, moderators, administrators, categories, advertising, user permissions, and policies. One of the most important decisions you will make, however, is choosing the forum software. Discussion forum software can be proprietary/commercial or free and open source. It can …

November, 2009

  • 25 November

    How to troubleshoot an Internal Server Error

    Question: My CGI script is giving me a 500 Internal Server Error. What should I do? Answer: It is one of the most dreaded errors Apache can throw at you: the 500 Internal Server Error. When you get it, you often have no idea what caused it or why. Here …

October, 2009

  • 16 October

    What is a cgi-bin directory?

    Question: What is the purpose of a cgi-bin directory? Answer: CGI programs running on a server must be executable. While this allows the user to run server-side scripts, including convenient free ones found on the web, it also presents a security risk. Most virtual hosting situations restrict execution of Perl …

June, 2009

  • 22 June

    Finding good free scripts for your website

    A good web hosting company often provides its website owners with automatically installable scripts for various popular tasks: blogging, photo albums and e-commerce, to name a few. In some special situations, however, it becomes necessary for a webmaster to search for free, reliable scripts on the web. Whether they are …