WSO Newsletter - February 1999
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FEBRUARY 1999 ISSUE: 017
1. Your Credit Card Statement
2. Search Engine Submissions
3. PGP Form Mail Results
4. New "Simple Collection" Counters Available
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-> The following abbreviations are used in this document
FPO - FrontPage® Only
NV - Non-Virtual
BC - Budget Commerce
VD - Virtual Domain
CP - Commerce Plus
-> ARTICLE #1: Your Credit Card Statement ======================
---> Relevant for ALL WSO customers ============================
It is apparent that some confusion still exists regarding our
name and how charges appear on your credit card. Our web
hosting division is called the Web Space Outlet. But the main
company name is the Internet Outlet.
When your credit card statement comes, our charge will appear
as THE INTERNET OUTLET. If you have any questions, please
-> ARTICLE #2: Search Engine Submissions =======================
---> Relevant for ALL WSO customers ============================
Some of you have inquired about getting your web site submitted
to various search engines. Since this is not a service that WSO
offers, we've looked to our own client base for help.
Turns out Noel Hendrickson from Sprytec offers just such a
service. Sprytec is geared towards improving a customers
ranking in the major engines. Also available are a guaranteed
placement service for keyword phrases and a low-cost basic site
submission service. You can contact Noel directly in the US at
505-242-9371 or you can visit Sprytec's web site at:
-> ARTICLE #3: PGP Form Mail Results ===========================
---> Relevant NV, BC, VD, CP Account Types =====================
If for some reason your e-mail program does not display this
article correctly, you can view it on-line at:
In our never-ending quest to add more value to your WSO account,
we've put together a system for allowing you to receive the
PGP encrypted results of a from submission! Now, please be
warned, this procedure does require you to *exactly* follow
the instructions below as well as have some knowledge of telnet
and using PGP with your home e-mail program. Help on telnet
can be found in the WSO SupportCenter, but working with your
home e-mail programs' PGP abilities is up to you.
If your home e-mail program is PGP enabled, you can use our new
PGPMail.pl processing script to send PGP encoded form results
to yourself via e-mail.
The new script has been copied to your cgibin directory and
will only work when called using cgiwrap. Cgiwrap is a program
that runs your scripts as your username, instead of the web
server’s username. Following the directions below will call
the program correctly.
All but "FrontPage Only" account type users can take advantage
of this new script. This is a limitation of how FrontPage
works, not a limitation of WSO's service.
You will need to be able to login via Telnet. You can
read about Telnet and how to connect to your account via Telnet
in the WSO SupportCenter's Tech Support area, look under the
Once connected via telnet, follow these steps:
CREATE A PGP KEY ON THE SERVER (press Enter after each input):
1. Move to your home directory, type: cd ~
2. Make a .pgp directory, type: mkdir .pgp
3. Create a test PGP key & keyring, type: pgp -kg
a. Choose a key size, 768 is probably fine.
b. Enter a user ID, type: test
c. Choose a pass-phrase (don't forget it!)
d. Enter random keystrokes as requested.
4. FTP (in ASCII) a temporary text file containing an existing
real PGP key to your home directory, call it 'keyfile.txt'.
This should be the PGP key of the person who will be
getting the form results.
5. Add the PGP key to the new keyring, type: pgp -ka keyfile.txt
a. Certify a key yourself, type: y
b. Certify the key displayed, type: y
c. You are sure you want to certify, type: y
d. Type: your pass-phrase from step 3c.
e. When asked if new key can be an introducer, type: 2
You are now done setting up PGP for your account. To see the
names of the people on your keyring, type: pgp -kv
Next you'll need to modify some hidden fields in your HTML form.
The creation of the HTML form is up to you, as we can not
provide HTML programming help.
NOTE: HTML lines have been broken up for easier viewing.
The form ACTION line should be like the following based
on your domain name and username:
If your web site address is http://www.wso.net/myweb and your
username (the one you use for e-mail, ftp, and telnet) is
'meggan', the ACTION line would look like this:
The next eight fields set variables used by the PGPMail.pl
script. The only part that you modify in the lines below is what
is in quotes for the VALUE variable. Each is described within
VALUE="Name of person's PGP key to encrypt results with.">
VALUE="Text here shows up in the TO: field of the results e-mail.">
VALUE="E-mail address to send results to.">
VALUE="Text here shows up in the FROM field of the results e-mail.">
VALUE="E-mail address shown in the FROM field of the results e-mail.">
VALUE="Text here shows up as the SUBJECT of the results e-mail.">
VALUE="Text here shows up as the name of your form.">
VALUE="Put a full URL web address to your thank you web page.">
Here is an example:
<INPUT TYPE="Hidden" NAME="pgpuserid" VALUE="test">
<INPUT TYPE="Hidden" NAME="subscriber" VALUE="WSO Support">
<INPUT TYPE="Hidden" NAME="recipient" VALUE="email@example.com">
<INPUT TYPE="Hidden" NAME="from_name" VALUE="FormProcessing">
<INPUT TYPE="Hidden" NAME="from_email" VALUE="firstname.lastname@example.org">
<INPUT TYPE="Hidden" NAME="subject" VALUE="This is a From Mail Test">
<INPUT TYPE="Hidden" NAME="purpose" VALUE="PGP Test Form">
<INPUT TYPE="Hidden" NAME="redirect"
After the user submits the form, they are taken to the web page
listed in the hidden field 'redirect'. Next the data is
encrypted with the PGP key of the person listed in the hidden
field 'pgpuserid'. This person must be in your keyring, as
described in step 5 above. The encrypted results are then
e-mailed to the e-mail address listed in the hidden field
'recipient'. This person should be the owner of the PGP key used
to encrypt the data, and their e-mail reader should be capable
of decrypting the PGP encoded data.
Good luck and give it your best shot. If you've tried everything
and still can't get it to work, drop us a note at email@example.com
and describe your situation in as much detail as possible, we'll
try to help you out.
-> ARTICLE #4: New "Simple Collection" Counters Available =====
---> Relevant for ALL accounts =================================
Here is the second edition of our monthly counters collection.
This month is the "Simple Collection". Samples can be found
Full documentation on how to use these counters appears in the
Tech Support area of the WSO SupportCenter:
Look under the Available CGI's section for "Graphical Hit
Counters". Information on how to add one to your web pages
The main thing to remember is that you have to set a unique
name using the 'df' parameter and you can choose a counter type
using the 'dd' parameter. The 'dd' code needed for each counter
is listed below each counter on the sample page.
You'll also notice that some sample counters show an AM & PM
graphic. This means you can use that counter with a clock,
similar to the one at the bottom of our home page:
We've added more examples to the WSO SupportCenter counters
area, so check it out if you are confused at all. Or drop us a
note and we can help you out.
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