Account Overview - Getting Started - Control Panel Overview - Chapter 1 FTP Software Setup
Chapter 2 SSH / Telnet Setup - Chapter 3 Email Software Setup - Chapter 4 CGI-Bin - Chapter 5 Secure Server
Chapter 6 FormMail - Chapter 7 MS FrontPage - Chapter 8 CGI Scripts - Chapter 9 ASP - Active Server Pages
Chapter 10 JSP - Java Server Pages - Chapter 11 PHP - Chapter 12 Real Audio/Real Video
Chapter 13 File Manager - Chapter 14 Mail Manager - Chapter 15 Changing Passwords - Chapter 16 Site Statistics
Chapter 17 Network Tools - Chapter 18 FTP Manager - Chapter 19 Backup Manager - Chapter 20 Password Protect Directories
Chapter 21 Custom Error Pages - Chapter 22 MySQL & PhpMyAdmin - Chapter 23 Mime Types - Chapter 24 CronTab
Chapter 25 Entropy Chat - Chapter 26 Akopia Shopping Cart - Chapter 27 Search Engine Submission
Chapter 28 PGP & PGP Mail - Chapter 29 Subdomains

Chapter 5 - SSL (Secure Server)

Some users have experienced problems using the Secure Server. The most common reason is that the user has not inserted the proper code to call the secure server. We have several servers and depending upon which server you are on, you will need to enter the server number. If you do not know your server number, please complete the technical support request form and we will provide you with that information. Following is an example of how the code should look when calling the secure server:

https://serv#.webbserv.net/yourdomain.com/yourpagesecurepage.html

Normally, any text(such as your credit card number) sent from your browser to the web server is sent as plain text. This means that a hacker could potentially intercept (however unlikely) the information sent from your browser and read it. Therefore, by using the secure server, the information is encrypted before it is sent from your browser. It would be practically impossible for anyone to decrypt it without knowing the key.

The following example uses yourdomain as the name of your domain and any page as the name of the order form or the page you wish to be secure.

Use the following URL to call your pages via the secure server.

https://serv#.webbserv.net/yourdomain.com/anypage.html
The above page would be accessed from the normal web server as:

http://yourdomain.com/anypage.html
Using formmail.pl through secure server

If you are calling the formmail through the secure server, your action line and other code will look like the following:

<FORM METHOD=POST ACTION=
    "https://serv#.webbserv.net/yourdomain.com/cgi-bin/formmail.pl">
<input type=hidden name="recipient" value="emailaccount@yourdomain.com">
<input type=hidden name="subject" value="Order">
<input type=hidden name="return_link_URL" value=
    "https://serv#.webbserv.net/yourdomain.com/yourpage.html">
<input type=hidden name="return_link_title" value=
    "https://serv#.webbserv.net/yourdomain.com/yourpage.html">
The last two lines allow a link back to your main page - thus they get a report of what they ordered and a link.

It's important that you call your order page through a secure URL (HTTPS) in order for it to work properly

Example:

https://serv#.webbserv.net/yourdomain.com/yourorderform.html
In order for your secure form to work you will need to download the formmail.pl script to your cgi-bin. This script must be configured for your domain. Please refer to Chapter 6 for these instructions and to obtain a copy of the formmail.pl.






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