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Program Summary

[Version 1.0.2 Released 11/22/2007]

Quite simply, SFELinkAdd is a very simple link submission script that lets people post links to their site on your links page.

NOTE: This is a new release! Please report any bugs you may find! Thanks! Also for those looking for a cheap and reliable web host please check these web hosting reviews.

Features include:

Moderate entries
You may choose to have all new submissions set in a "pending" file for your review, so that they will not be posted until you approve them. (Helps prevent people spamming links to porn sites or other inappropriate things.)

Email new entries to webmaster
If you are concerned about people adding inappropriate entries, you can have the program email you each new entry so that you can quickly remove those you don't want.

Choose the order of New entries
You may choose to have new entries added at the top or at the bottom.

Choose what information is shown
You may choose to show (or not!) the date and time of each entry, and the names or email addresses of contributors.



Working Demo

You may try out a simple demo of SFELinkAdd here.

  To try out the Admin interface, Go here
Username: admin
Password: password


Who's Using SFELinkAdd?

 If you've gotten SFELinkAdd to work, send me the address of your website and I'll post a link to it.

WoollenCandle.com. This is a really neat example of how someone can integrate one of these scripts into the "look" of their site. Awesome job! Now go buy some T-shirts.


System Requirements

The web server where this script will be installed must have Perl 5.000 or higher. Scripts that send email require that "Sendmail" or "qmail-inject" be available on Unix/Linux-type systems. Scripts that send email under Windows-based systems require use of the Socket Perl module (Socket.pm). All scripts may require the Perl CGI module, CGI.pm .

This script is NOT supported on the following web hosting providers:




Also, sorry, but the scripts are not supported under mod_perl, PerlEx, or speedy_cgi as I don't have any way to test them in that environment. :-(

You must be able to execute cgi programs on your web server. If you're not sure whether you have permission to do this, or are not sure how to configure the files, please ask your system administrator, or check the web pages of your web hosting provider for Help or Support information. For a free web hosting provider who supports CGI scripts, or low-cost web hosting providers, you can try looking at the "Some Places to Host your Website" page I've put together.

The web server must support both the GET and POST request methods. (Ask your hosting provider about this if you're not sure.)

Please remember: you get what you pay for, and free web hosting services are often worth what you pay for them.



But first, the obligatory plea for funding. :-)
(Scroll down if you don't want to read this part. You do NOT have to give money to download these scripts!)

Like the scripts? Give me a dollar, or say thanks! 

If you like the scripts, you can send me cash through PayPal, Amazon, or through snail mail or you can show your support in other ways. Remember: only about one out of 100 people who download the scripts even says "Thanks." :-)

All the files you need are contained in these packages. Download it in the format you wish.

Gzipped Tar format: sfelinkadd.tar.gz
Zip format: sfelinkadd.zip

On a Unix-type system, if you have console or command prompt access, you may unzip the tar.gz file by typing 'gunzip < sfelinkadd.tar.gz | tar -xvf -'. If you're not very familiar with Unix, you may want to ask someone who is to help you. The latest version of Stuffit for the Mac will also handle tar.gz files.

If you have MS Windows, there is a program called WinZip (available at TuCows) which will uncompress and de-archive tar/gz files as well as Zip files.

The package contains the following files:

the actual program that processes the data from the form, writes the links to a file, and submits the email, etc.
the HTML form where the users submit their links. NOTE: This file is NOT needed, as sfelinkadd.cgi will create it's own form! It's only here in CASE someone might want to use it. Personally, I wouldn't use it, but that's up to you. :-)
The file that contains the entries submitted by the users. (Yours should be blank when you start out.)
contains information on how to get started using the program.


Bug Fix Announcements

I strongly recommend that you sign up here for update and bug fix announcements about this script. I will not spam you with advertising: I just want to make sure you have the latest fixes. :-)

The program will send a confirmation message to your email address when you sign up. In order to get on the announcement list, you MUST click on the confirmation link contained in that email message. This is to protect you from someone signing you up as a joke, and to protect me from being accused of spamming. Since update announcements are sometimes few and far between, sometimes people forget that they've subscribed and report me for sending junk mail. Luckily, the system logs the address, time, and date of everyone who signs up so that I can prove I'm only sending to people who asked for it. :-)

After a major release, you may get one or two messages a week. Mostly, though, I'm afraid it's less than once a month. 

You may also sign up for announcements about other scripts on the main Scripts for Educators Mailing List page. 

This list is ONLY for announcements specifically about SFELinkAdd: