get the most web A working web site is like an iceberg - the greater part lies beneath the surface.

A File Shipping Depot

More and more, we all find ourselves working at home. Maybe a woman is home with a sick child, but has to meet a work deadline. She works at home and produces a document. Now how does she get it to the office to be printed, copied, and bound? Maybe someone is on a vacation in a faraway state when the phone rings. There is something important to attend to, but he needs a file from his hard drive at the office, and he needs it now. How does he get it? Maybe there's just plain too much to get done in eight hours. You need to work on a 3 meg file, and it won't fit on a floppy. How do you tote it?

It's called telecommuting. And all these problems are easily solved using a file upload/download utility. It is a depot for shipping files. And it works quickly and easily, from a web browser. And it's also a handy way to let clients ship files to you or retrieve them from you!

Look at this handy upload/download file shipping depot. Three CGI programs and a web page run it. These are sold as a package for $500. It is usually furnished password-protected. Try it out.

File Name:

(be patient until the file transfer is complete)





Note: You can attach large files to an email, but this is entirely innapropriate. For one thing, email travels at only 9600 Kbps maximum, so it takes forever, while a file upload/download works at the speed of your modem. For another thing, email was only designed to tote a note, not float a boat. It is the electronic equivalent of a memo pad. Email messages are broken into a jillion teeny packets that are then reassembled at the other end. Therefore, big files break email by overloading the email server. But a file upload/download uses the File Transfer Protocol, which is specifically designed for shipping files.

Attaching a large file to an email is like pasting a brick to the back of a postcard. Don't do it. It drives your ISP nuts.

Mailing lists
You email a notice to one address, let's say staff@yourcompany.com. The server picks up your message and systematically sends it to a whole list of addresses, one after another, until the whole crew has been advised. That's a mailing list. It may be two people. It may be thousands. Each gets an individual message.

WebMost can set up mailing lists for every kind of purpose. Everyone in sales. All clients in a given state. Everyone who has purchased a certain kind of product online.

The lists themselves are very easy to maintain. No more than a plain text list of email addresses, one on each line. Lists can be built up automatically, as when people subscribe to an email periodical. The list can even be edited from a web page.

We apologize
Because of the very real danger of abuse by spammers, we cannot give you a working example of a mailing list here.
Bulletin boards

Bulletin boards, calendars, announcements, schedules ...

Here's a clever example of a bulletin board for a motorcycle shop which actually allows a user to upload a picture of his bike. This bulletin board automatically intercalates ads for the shop among the postings.



SHOEI SALE
40% OFF - ENDS FRIDAY

 

FREE ADS FROM BOZ
For Clubs & Riders

Looking for something?
Got something to sell?
Got something to say?

TO POST A MESSAGE WITH A PICTURE OF YOUR BIKE

TO POST A MESSAGE WITHOUT A PICTURE OF YOUR BIKE

HONDA - CRUISER/TOURER
I'm looking for a luggage rack with a backrest for my CX500 Custom. Give me a call at 302 322 4817.
knothole@delanet.com

HARLEY - BASKET CASE
The February 3rd Electra Glide Ride to Dewey has been cancelled due to snow. Next meeting of the Hartley Harleys will be held when our President is released from Gander Hill.
secretary@hartleyharleys.com


Fixes Bikes
40 bucks an hour
Winterize NOW
Winter Package - trickle charger - gas additive - oil additive - vented cover
only $89.95 !

YAMAHA - OFF ROAD
FOR SALE: Yamaha XR70GT100SHGFRTW $1400 call Dan at 302 555 1212
danc@aol.com

TO POST A MESSAGE WITH A PICTURE OF YOUR BIKE

TO POST A MESSAGE WITHOUT A PICTURE OF YOUR BIKE
Special calculators
Every business needs special calculators. A sign shop needs to calculate what size sign pole to use for so big a sign centered so many feet above the ground, and how much concrete to put in the sign pole hole. An exporter needs to calculate exchange rates. A farm supplier needs to calculate what size and schedule irrigation pipe to supply for so long a run under such and such pressure to feed thus and such type of sprinkler. No matter what you do for a living, sooner or later you say "Let me run the numbers".

Special calculators can easily be put into a JavaScript in a web page. These are typically only $50 per installed page. Immediately, this calculator becomes available to everyone in the organization. And if the factors in the calculation change, you simply change the values of a few variables in the head of the page, and everyone is updated simultaneously. It can easily be loaded onto a diskette, too, and run from there, or mailed to someone. Or, it can be downloaded onto a hard drive, to run locally, or emailed as an attachment to a client, for him to run.

WebMost has built any number of these handy calculators.

  • Follow this link to a very specialized example. This calculator computes the amount of voluntary contribution necessary for a Texas employer to reduce their unemployment contribution tax rate, and how much savings would be realized.
  • And here is an example which is more familiar to all of us. It calculates monthly payments and interest costs.

Payment Calculator

Simply Complete These Three Columns: See Your Payment Here See Your Interest Cost Here
Number of
Monthly
Payments
Simple
Interest
Rate
Principal
Amount
of Loan
Your
Monthly
Payment
Will Be
Your
Total
Interest Cost
Will Be
$
Research Tools
Do you do research on the internet? This truly useful tool maintains a list of sites to periodically revisit, keeping a tickler date for each and recording notes on them. It was developed as a way to keep track of press releases by states.

See it here managing a list of state jucidiary pages, where case law is researched. Use the help link to get instructions. Once you are accustomed to this research tool, it runs very quickly and easily.

This cgi script costs $200, and the 7 associated pages cost $35 each.

More
Almost anything the mind of man can concieve the programmers at WebMost can achieve.

Well, at least it doesn't hurt to ask!