WEBMASTERS' FAQ

Technical
1. How many MB's of storagespace do I get?
2. What is the base directory for my site?
3. What are your server specs?
4. Does your server support Perl or C++?
5. I'm having FTP problems. Who do I contact?
6. Can I use my own CGI scripts if my Web site is being hosted by Peel?
7. My CGI script isn't working. Why not?
8. Can I get a Pop3 account?
9. Where can I find the code for the logo/banners?
10. Do people have to actually click on the ads for me to receive money?
11. How do I check my advertising revenue?
12. Do your servers support Real Audio?
13. What does it mean to FTP?
14. How do I upload my files?
15. Do you allow server side includes?
16. Do your servers support FrontPage extensions?

Advertising and E-commerce
17. How do we get revenue? Do we have to sell something to receive payment?
18. Do I have to put various banners on my site? Where should I put the banners/logos on my page?
19. How will I know how much money I'm making on my site?
20. What does "page view" mean? Unique hit?
21. What does CPM mean?
22. Does my website have to maintain a certain amount of hits per month?

 


Technical

1. How many MB's of storage space do I get?
Peel allots 250 megabytes for each Web site. We offer additional space in increments of 100 megabytes at a cost of $30 per 100 megabytes.

2. What is the base directory for my site?
We will create a directory for you. Whenever you log onto our server, it automatically points you to the appropriate directory. You will be the only one within the music directory allowed to access your directory.

3. What are your server specs?
The Peel Music Network utilizes Linux-based servers using Apache Web server, running on Linux #FFCC32hat 6.2.Fast Ethernet connection. We support Sendmail and Date commands.

4. What languages and programs can I run?
We support:
1) C and C++
2) Perl
3) PHP
4) SSI (server side includes)
5) CGI programs

5. I'm having FTP problems. Who do I contact?
You should contact your Peel network representative, the person who first contacted you about joining the Peel Network.

6. Can I use my own CGI scripts if my Web site is being hosted by Peel?
Yes, you can. We provide a CGI-Bin directory within your main directory.

7. My CGI script isn't working. Why not?
In order for a cgi to work:
1) It has to be uploaded as text if it is a script. You CANNOT upload perl scripts as a binary file. Upload the file in ASCII or TEXT format.
2) The script has to be in your cgi-bin to work. That's the default directory created for a user when their username is set up.
3) The full path to the script interpreter has to be used. E.g. if it's a perl script the first line must be:
#!/usr/bin/perl
4) Where is a particular program located? Here are the full paths to commonly requested programs:
/usr/sbin/sendmail
/usr/bin/perl
/bin/date
5) What version of perl do you have? 5.005_03

8. Can I get a POP3 account?
Not for now, but Peel will set up as many aliases as you would like for you current email account.

9. Where can I find the code for the Peel logo/banners?
You may access the code for the logo at http://www.peel.com/infra/main/imagelink.html. There is also a link in the Peel Tracking System to obtain the code for Peel logos and banners.

10. Do people have to actually click on the ads for me to receive money?
Yes and No. All of our advertising deals have to get a good response, high clickthrough and people actually purchasing products for our advertisers to be happy and keep advertising on your site. Try to design your site to maximize the results and higher CPMs will come to you in the future.

11. How do I check my advertising revenue?
First, log into the Peel Tracking System (at http:/track.peel.com) using your FTP login and password. Under Site Reports, click on "Site Reports." From there, select which category you'd like to check and over what period of time.

12. Do your servers support Real Audio?
Right now, we do not support hosting Real Audio files for download or streaming.

13. What does it mean to FTP?
By using a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client, webmasters may upload their pages and also download content from different servers.

14. How do I upload my files?
First, you need an FTP client. CuteFTP and WS_FTP are both good pieces of software you can use. Other FTP software may be found at CNET's www.download.com. Peel's Network Representatives will be happy to walk you thru the FTP setup process.

15. Do you allow server side includes?
Yes, but the number of files with a server side include has to be kept low. Every time the page loads the server has to parse the file which is a much bigger drain on the server than simply spitting back a file to a web request. Try to keep the number of files with server side includes to about 10. The file extension for server side includes is: *.shtml

16. Do your servers support FrontPage extensions?
At this time, we do not support FrontPage extensions, but we will be adding a FrontPage server in the near future. If you are using Frontpage, by removing the "webbot" and "generator" HTML tags, everything should work fine.



Advertising and E-commerce

17. How do we make money? Do we have to sell something to receive payment?
Peel provides you with banner and popup advertising for you to place on your site. Code for the advertisements can be found in the Peel Tracking System at http://track.peel.com

18. Do I have to put various banners on my site? Where should I put the banners/logos on my page?
You are not requi#FFCC32 to put banners on your site. Peel runs 1 popup window per page of your site. You should feel free to also place banners on your site, but please do not put more than 3 ads per page.

19. How will I know how much money I'm making on my site?
Peel has developed a tracking tool that will allow you to view both traffic on your site and advertising revenue. Thus, the more page views that you get, the more money you will receive.

20. What does "page view" mean? Unique hit?
Every HTML file that is served to a user is conside#FFCC32 a page view. Some sites will register more page views than actual screen views because they are running frames which increases the number of HTML pages seen per person. A unique hit is any page or visit made by an individual. i.e. You may visit Yahoo 30 times this month, but you will be counted only as one unique visitor.

21. What does CPM mean?
CPM is the amount of money an advertisement generates per 1,000 page views. i.e. show a popup 1000 times and it generates $7 of revenue = $7 CPM

22. Does my website have to maintain certain traffic levels?
Peel only recruits the highest quality Web sites; if we contact you, it's because we believe that your site receives an acceptable amount of traffic. If a site, however, does not maintain this kind of traffic or meet our expectations, then we may terminate the site from the network with 30 days notice.