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RXN Communications offers World Wide Web (WWW) Page Hosting services to RXN customers. The following are answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about WWW Page Hosting services. Please contact support@rxn.com if you have any additional questions.

RXN WWW FAQ - Q uestion and A nswer Table of Contents:


1. What is the World Wide Web (WWW)?
2. How can I learn more about the World Wide Web (WWW)?
3. Why would I want to put information on the World Wide Web (WWW)?
4. What is the URL address of my RXN Web Page?
5. How can I create my RXN Web Page?
6. How can I upload my Web Page to the RXN server?
7. How can I review my Web Page Access statistics?
8. How can I install a Web Page Hit Counter?
9. How can I install and run cgi-bin scripts?
10. How can I learn more about security on the World Wide Web?
11. How can I learn more about World Wide Web Servers?
12. How can I install and run JavaScript?

13. Return to the Previous Menu.
14. Return to the RXN Communications Home Page.

Q 1. What is the World Wide Web (WWW)?
A From Thomas Boutell's World Wide Web FAQ :

WWW stands for "World Wide Web." The WWW project, started by Tim Berners-Lee while at CERN (the European Laboratory for Particle Physics), seeks to build a "distributed hypermedia system." In practice, the web is a vast collection of interconnected documents, spanning the world. Tim Berners-Lee continues his pioneering work with the W3 Consortium at MIT.

The advantage of hypertext is that in a hypertext document, if you want more information about a particular subject mentioned, you can usually "just click on it" to read further detail. In fact, documents can be and often are linked to other documents by completely different authors -- much like footnoting, but you can get the referenced document instantly!

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Q 2. How can I learn more about the World Wide Web (WWW)?
A One of the best ways to learn about the World Wide Web (WWW) is to experience it. Here are some good places to start:
The World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Virtual Library
Background and history about the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) can be found in the following documents:
RFC 1118 The Hitchhikers Guide to the Internet
RFC 1207 Commonly Asked "Experienced Internet User" Questions
RFC 1462 What is the Internet?
RFC 1580 Guide to Network Resource Tools
RFC 1594 Commonly Asked "New Internet User" Questions
RFC 1935 What is the Internet, Anyway?
Thomas Boutell's World Wide Web Frequently Asked Questions
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Q 3. Why would I want to put information on the World Wide Web (WWW)?
A That is entirely up to you!
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Q 4. What is the URL address of my RXN Web Page?
A

The Uniform Resource Locator (URL) for your web page is of the form:

http://www.rxn.com/~user
where:
 
user 
is your RXN account name.

If you are interested in a customized domain name, RXN can facilitate your arrangements with a Domain Name Registrar, and then host your custom domain with continuous and redundant Domain Name Servers and Virtual Domain Server support for your applications. Contact support@rxn.com if you would like more information about this service.

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Q 5. How can I create my RXN Web Page?
A The following links lead to some web page creation resources:
Beginner's Guide to HTML by the NCSA .
HyperText Markup Language Home Page by the World Wide Web Consortium .
How to Write HTML Files by Peter Flynn.
Adobe Page Mill Home Page by Adobe Systems Incorporated .
RFC 1866 - Hypertext Markup Language - 2.0 .
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Q 6. How can I upload my Web Page to the RXN server?
A The RXN web server serves the file named index.html located in the public_html directory, under your home home directory, as the default DirectoryIndex for requests made to your URL directory without a specific file name.

A default index.html file has been placed in the public_html directory under your home directory to get you started. You may modify this file and add additional web pages, or directories, to your public_html directory using any one of a number of web publishing tools, such as Netscape Composer, Adobe PageMill, or, if you are really good, a plain text editor.

You can transfer web pages you create off line to your public_html directory by FTP 'ing to www.rxn.com using your email user name and password. You are chroot'ed to your home directory, but will need to cd public_html to change to the served directory. In Netscape Composer, you can specify ftp://www.rxn.com/public_html.

Please contact support@rxn.com if you have any difficulty.

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Q 7. How can I review my Web Page Access statistics?
A Accesses to all web pages on the RXN server are logged and statistics are compiled daily. Please send an email message to support@rxn.com for details on how to access statistics for your web page.

As a service to our customers, we will, upon request, email weekly reports customized to provide a statistical summary of web accesses to your directory only. Please send an email message to support@rxn.com if you are interested in this complimentary service.

For general information about web server access statistics reporting programs, following these links:

wwwstat - HTTPd Logfile Analysis Software .
analog - HTTPd Logfile Analyzer .

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Q 8. How can I install a Web Page Hit Counter?
A RXN provides a web page hit counter for the use of its customers. Place one of the following images in your web page to make use of RXN's web page hit counter. Be sure to replace df=sample.dat with the filename assigned to you by the webmaster. Remember that the /cgi-bin/Count.cgi script link is case-sensitive.

Use . . .

<img src="http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=A&ft=2&df=sample.dat">
. . . to get: on your page.

Use . . .

<img src="http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=B&ft=2&df=sample.dat">
. . . to get: on your page.

Use . . .

<img src="http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=C&ft=2&df=sample.dat">
. . . to get: on your page.

Use . . .

<img src="http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=D&ft=2&df=sample.dat">
. . . to get: on your page.

Use . . .

<img src="http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=E&ft=2&df=sample.dat">
. . . to get: on your page.

Use . . .

<img src="http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=F&ft=2&df=sample.dat">
. . . to get: on your page.

Use . . .

<img src="http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=G&ft=2&df=sample.dat">
. . . to get: on your page.

Use . . .

<img src="http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=H&ft=2&df=sample.dat">
. . . to get: on your page.

Use . . .

<img src="http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=I&ft=2&df=sample.dat">
. . . to get: on your page.

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Q 9. How can I install and run cgi-bin scripts?
A The RXN web server is configured to allow users to run cgi-bin scripts using Nathan Neulinger's cgiwrap . The cgiwrap wrapper allows users to install and run cgi-bin scripts under their own user ID (instead of the server's) from the /public_html/cgi-bin directory under their home directory using the following link syntax:
http://www.rxn.com/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/username/demo.pl
where username is the user's login name and demo.pl is the name of the script to be run. The /public_html/cgi-bin directory should be owned by the user with permissions of 711. The cgi-bin script should be owned by the user with permissions of 500.

General information about cgi-bin scripts can be found through the following links:

Matt's Script Archive
The CGI Resource Index

Please contact support@rxn.com if you have any difficulty.

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Q 10. How can I learn more about security on the World Wide Web?
A The World Wide Web itself is a great source for WWW security resources:
Lincoln D. Stein's WWW Security FAQ .
Paul Phillips' CGI Security FAQ .
NCSA's CGI Security Documentation .
COAST Lab's Hotlist Security Page.
Nathan Neulinger's CGIWrap Homepage .
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Q 11. How can I learn more about World Wide Web Servers?
A The following are links to the development pages of some of the major web server packages:
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Q 12. How can I install and run JavaScript?
A

JavaScript scripts are supported by the RXN web server. JavaScript is a platform-independent, event-driven, interpreted programming language developed by Netscape Communications Corporation and Sun Microsystems . Originally called LiveScript (and still called LiveWireTM by Netscape in its compiled, server-side incarnation), JavaScript is affiliated with Sun's object-oriented programming language Java TM primarily as a marketing convenience. They inter-operate well but are technically, functionally and behaviorally very different.

You can see some JavaScript examples running on the RXN server here.

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