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:
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.
The above page would be accessed from the normal web server as:
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=
<input type=hidden name="recipient" value="firstname.lastname@example.org">
<input type=hidden name="subject" value="Order">
<input type=hidden name="return_link_URL" value=
<input type=hidden name="return_link_title" value=
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
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.