Wizards Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about the Wizards(FAQ)
This page lists the answers to frequently asked questions on the scripts generated by
free script wizards on thesitewizard.com.
Perl / CGI Questions
Web Host Questions
Answers to Common Questions
- Why do I see the source code of the script when I run it on my website?
When you run the script, and see the source code of the script in your browser instead of
the expected results, it probably means that your site is hosted on
a web host
that does not support the execution of the type of script you chose, whether PHP
(What is PHP?) or Perl
(What is Perl?). To fix the problem, you will need to
get a new
web host. If you don't know which to choose, you can
take a look at my current favourites.
- Will there be more Wizards for other scripts and web pages?
It is my intention to write wizards for more scripts and web pages as well as extend and
improve existing wizards. If you would like to be informed when such wizards are
available or updated, you might want to consider subscribing to
thesitewizard.com's RSS feed. If you
don't know how to do that, check out my FAQ on
How to Subscribe to or Read ATOM and RSS Site Feeds.
As and when I have new wizards (or new major versions of existing wizards) I will announce it in the feed.
- Do you have a Wizard for... (name your script)?
If you cannot find a wizard for a particular type of script, try looking at the
Wizards Index and see if it available under a
different name or guise.
- Will there be ads (advertisements) displayed on my site?
generated by the Wizards and installing them into your own web server
account, there are no advertisements displayed other than what
you place yourself (or what your web host places, if you use a free web host).
You can of course use any of the suggestions given on the
Link to Us page,
or, for that matter link to any page on thesitewizard.com any way you like.
If you have found this site useful, please reciprocate by linking to it.
- Why is the HTML/Perl/PHP code I copied to my editor in a mess?
I have observed this behaviour while using Internet Explorer 4.0 on Windows as well.
When you copy the code generated by the Wizard from the text box and try to paste it into an
editor somewhere, you may end up with code that appears garbled and interspersed with
What happens is that the code copied has each line terminated by carriage returns (CR)
instead of carriage return and line feed pairs (CRLF) or just line feeds (LF). If you use
an editor like Notepad that does not recognise carriage returns as line terminators, all
your lines will run into each other.
The solution is to use another browser for the purpose of cutting and pasting the code generated by the wizards.
Opera and Firefox
do not appear to have this problem.
Note that if you encounter this problem, you cannot just ignore it and hope that it will go away
when you upload the file with your
My experience is that some Windows FTP programs don't know how to handle local files like that and
will translate it wrongly when uploading it to the server.
- What is the path to Perl on my web server?
There is no point telling me your web host's name and expecting me to tell you where Perl is
located on your web server. Such information can only be obtained from your web host. If you
cannot find it on your web host's site, try contacting their support department and asking them.
Remember, Perl is only available for use on your site if your web host allows CGI access
and has installed Perl.
- How do I install the CGI scripts generated?
You basically need a few things before you can get started:
You will need a web host that gives you CGI access. You may not get this if you use a free web host, so you may need to
go with a commercial web host.
For example, the web host I currently use
provides both CGI/Perl and PHP access. In addition, you cannot just create a directory named "cgi-bin" and think that
you have CGI access. Creating the directory by itself does not add CGI access. It needs to be provided by the web host.
Find out the directory where you can install your CGI scripts from your web host
(usually "cgi-bin" in your web directory, but not always).
You will need to know your account username and password to access your site by FTP.
Another thing you'll need is a text editor. Note that this is not the same as the wordprocessor that you use to type
your documents. If you use Windows, you already have a text editor on your system called
Notepad. Warning: Do not use Wordpad or Microsoft Word for this. In fact, if the program you're considering allows
you to do things like underline text or put text in bold, it's the wrong program.
If you can't find how to get Notepad to work, or if you don't use Windows, you can get other text editors from the
Free Text Editors,
Free Programmers' Editors page. They're all free.
Another required piece of software is an FTP program. This is a computer program that will let you transfer (ie, upload) your
CGI scripts to your website. Some web hosts allow you to do it with your browser via a "File Manager".
If so, be sure that you have a way to upload in ASCII mode and change permissions on the file.
This guide assumes that an FTP program is used. You can get a free FTP program from
the Free FTP Programs
Do the following to install your CGI scripts:
- Generate the script that you want using the
The script will appear on a page with brief instructions on what to do.
- Copy the CGI script from the box into your text editor. Do not re-type
the script. Select the script in the box and use the Copy function in your browser. This will
cause the text to enter into your system clipboard. Then open your text editor and use the
Paste function in the editor to create an identical copy there. Copy and paste functions are
available in most modern operating systems.
- Save the file in your text editor using the name suggested by the Wizard.
This is important, because either the script or the HTML code that calls the script may depend
- Fire up your FTP program. Change the directory to the correct directory for the CGI scripts
(usually "cgi-bin") and upload the script to your web server. Critical: You
will have to upload the file in ASCII or Text mode. Do not rely on the auto-detection facility
of your FTP program since the FTP program might assume that the file you're uploading is a
binary file from its unknown extension.
- If your web server is a Unix system, you will probably have to change the permissions
on the uploaded file. Change it so that it is readable and executable by everyone. If you
are using a Unix FTP program, change the permissions to 755. If you are using a Windows FTP program on
Windows, see if you can right click the file you've just uploaded (on the web host, not your local file)
and choose "chmod" or something called "permissions" (the actual words vary from FTP program to FTP program).
You'll be presented with a dialog box where you should check "Read, Write,
Execute" for the owner, and "Read, Execute" for the group and everyone else.
Congratulations. You've installed your CGI script.
Note: You might also want to read my tutorial on
How to Upload or Publish a File
Using FileZilla (FileZilla is a free FTP program for Windows).
- How do I install the PHP scripts generated?
Firstly, check up from your web host whether they have PHP support. If this is not available,
simply uploading the PHP script to your server is not going to work. Once you are sure that
your web host supports PHP scripts, simply upload the script to your site the same way you
upload your other web pages. No other special actions are needed.
Note that if you are using Windows, you can check out my tutorial on
How to Upload a File to Your Website Using FileZilla.
FileZilla is a free FTP client.
- Why do I keep getting 500 Internal Server Errors?
Please read my article,
Perl CGI Debugging:
Solving a 500 Internal Server Error.
- How do I upload my PHP scripts, CGI scripts and web pages to my web server?
Most web hosts allow you to upload files using what is known as an FTP program or client;
there are a few free
FTP programs/clients available on the Internet. After downloading and
installing one, please read the program's documentation on how to use it to upload your files.
Some web hosts also allow you to upload files via your browser, using what is often called a
"File Manager" (or the like). If so, instructions on how to use the "File Manager" should be
available from your web host.
Uploading and installing CGI scripts require special additional actions. Please
read our installation instructions for CGI scripts on this.
Note that if you are using Windows, you should check out my tutorial on
How to Upload a File to Your Website Using FileZilla.
FileZilla is a free FTP client.
If you are using a simple text editor or a specialized raw HTML editor
to write your pages, just cut and paste the code from the Wizard-generated page to your
web page. Do not manually re-type or you might accidentally introduce errors
into the code.
- If you are using a WYSIWYG editor (like DreamWeaver, FrontPage,
Mozilla Composer or
you will need to find instructions from that editor's documentation on how you
can insert raw HTML code into your document. Do not simply paste onto
the page - the code will not be inserted correctly.
copy the code generated into a plain text editor (like Notepad), save it using the
name supplied by the Wizard, and upload it to your web server.
- Which web host should I choose?
If you're looking for a commercial web host, you can find the list of my personal favourites
(places where I host this site and others) in my FAQ page on
Web Host Would You Recommend?.
- Which web host has Perl/CGI support?
Many commercial web hosts,
web host that
I currently use, support Perl/CGI.
- Which web host has PHP support?
Many commercial web hosts,
web host that
I currently use, support PHP.
- Your script does not work!
Before you rush out to file a bug report, remember that my scripts
run on hundreds of websites around the world. Chances are that you have done something wrong.
Read this page as well as the instructions given by the wizards to figure out what went wrong.
- What sort of support do I get?
None. The scripts come without warranty and without support. It is likely that if you write to
me for help, your message will not be answered. Your best bet is to read the documentation on
this site, this FAQ and any documentation that came with your script or web page.
- Can you help me solve this problem?
Please see the answer to What sort of support do I get?
- How do I report a bug?
Simply use the feedback form to report it. Remember
to specify which script you're referring to and give as many details as is relevant.
Important note: support requests disguised as bug reports will be ignored.
Be sure you read the FAQ (this page) before reporting
anything. Please be forewarned that although I read all messages sent by the form, it is likely
you will not get any reply, particularly when the answer is already given in one of the FAQs on this site.
- Can you install my CGI/PHP script for me?
No. I do not have the time to hand-hold thousands of users per
day in installing the scripts. Please read the step by step
instructions given on this page on how you can install it youself.
for more information on how you might do this.
- Can I request for new features or new scripts?
You can make suggestions about existing scripts or about possible new scripts (or even about
the Wizards and the website itself) by using the feedback
Please be forewarned about a few things: (1) while I read all messages sent through that form,
I may not reply to you. I receive too many messages per day to be able to do that
and still expect to "have a life"; (2) I have my own plans and implementation schedules
for the wizards and thus may not take up your suggestion.
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