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E-Commerce Solution
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Static IP Addresses & DNS Services back to top 

Single Static IP addresses - available upon request for Dial Up and Broadband packages.
IP Blocks / Subnets - available upon request for Broadband packages.
DNS services - included with Domain Hosting packages.

Anti Spam & Mail Filtering Toolback to top 

VISPs' end users utilizing Abel VISP's POP mail servers can control the amount of unsolicited and nuisance emails received.
Abel's servers identify spam by using a set of rules which identify common features in junk e-mails.

Anti Virusback to top 

Abel identify mail containing viruses using a powerful scanning engine which checks for signatures in emails that match commonly found viruses.
By activating the VISP Virus scanning feature VISPs' end users choose the action they wish to take if an e-mail is identified as containing a virus.
It is recommended that users make use of this service in conjunction with their own anti-virus software.

E-mailback to top 

VISPs' end users benefit from multi-user mail boxes and addresses that can be personalised:
For example, multi-user@accountname could be multi-user@bloggs.vispdomain , joe@bloggs.vispdomain , josephine@bloggs.vispdomain and junior@bloggs.vispdomain.
In the example above the mail for "joe", "josephine" and "junior" will all be stored in the same centralised POP mailbox of "bloggs.vispdomain", and can be retrieved using your usual mail client (eg Microsoft Outlook Express, Netscape Messenger) or by using the Abel Webmail service.
Mail Aliases: Abel VISPs' end users can have as many additional email identities attached to their main mail box as they wish.
Alternatively, for a nominal annual fee, "joe", "josephine" and "junior" could sign up for their own separately passworded mailboxes.
SMTP mail delivery available to users using Microsoft Exchange servers or similar.
In addition to POP, access to email via IMAP is also available.

Webmailback to top 

VISPs' end users can manage their email from any global location using VISP Webmail.
POP mail boxes can be 'unblocked' by deleting large or unwanted messages via Webmail without having to wait for them to download.

Web Spaceback to top 

VISPs end users receive 50Mb of free web space with FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Access. Web space will have the url www.accountname and benefit from SSI (Server Side Includes).

Web space can be activated by visiting VISPs' Services.
Site Access Statistics - Full statistical logs of the visitors to web sites are provided to each end user. Web logs are available in HTML or CSV format.
System CGI scripts - includes standard and secure form mailers - to achieve additional functionality on your website. Instructions for their use are available in Help & Support.
FTP Access - The host address is ftp.accountname

Web Plus & Web Proback to top 

Web Plus adds a number of features to your end users' webspace and gives them their own cgi-bin, allowing them to run CGI scripts on their web site, together with a MySQL database.
Once WebPlus is activated on an account your end users can upload CGI scripts (eg Perl), PHP or ASP, to their WebPlus web space using FTP. They can also use the MySQL database from their scripts or use the web-based management tool, phpMyAdmin.
CGI scripts will appear as http://webplus.accountname/cgi-bin/script name, any files in the docs directory will appear as http://webplus.accountname/file name.
Web Pro offers all the features of Web Plus with the benefit of CGI scripts appearing under the URL of http://www.accountname. A small annual fee applies to users subscribing to Web Pro.

Cgi-binback to top 

The common gateway interface (CGI) is a standard way for a Web server to pass a Web user's request to an application program and to receive data back in order to forward to the user. When the user requests a Web page (for example, by clicking on a highlighted word or entering a Web site address), the server sends back the requested page. However, when a user fills out a form on a Web page and sends it in, it usually needs to be processed by an application program. The Web server typically passes the form information to a small application program that processes the data and may send back a confirmation message. This method or convention for passing data back and forth between the server and the application is called the common gateway interface (CGI).
The common gateway interface provides a consistent way for data to be passed from the user's request to the application program and back to the user. This means that the person who writes the application program can make sure it gets used no matter which operating system the server uses. It is simply a basic way for information to be passed from the Web server about your request to the application program and back again.
Because the interface is consistent, a programmer can write a CGI application in a number of different languages. The most popular languages for CGI applications are: C, C++, Perl, Python and Unix shell scripts. An alternative to a CGI application is Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) or PHP, see above for details.

PHPback to top 

A popular opensource server-side scripting language that is embedded within a web page along with its HTML.
In Web programming, PHP is a script language and interpreter that is used primarily on Linux Web servers. PHP (the initials come from the earliest version of the program, which was called "Personal Home Page Tools") is an alternative to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) technology.
As with ASP, the PHP script is embedded within a Web page along with its HTML. Before the page is sent to a user that has requested it, the Web server calls PHP to interpret and perform the operations called for in the PHP script.
An HTML page that includes a PHP script is typically given a file name suffix of ".php". Like ASP, PHP can be thought of as "dynamic HTML pages", since content will vary based on the results of interpreting the script.

MySQLback to top 

MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS) that uses Structured Query Language (SQL), the most popular language for adding, accessing, and processing data in a database. MySQL is noted mainly for its speed, reliability, and flexibility. Most agree, however, that it works best when managing content and not executing transactions.
The MySQL relational database system was first released in January, 1998. It is fully multi-threaded using kernel threads, provides application program interfaces (APIs) for C, C++, Perl, PHP and Python, allows for many column types, and offers full operator and function support in the SELECT and WHERE parts of queries.

ASPback to top 

A popular Microsoft server-side scripting language that is embedded within a web page along with its HTML.
An Active Server Page (ASP) is an HTML page that includes one or more scripts (small embedded programs) that are processed on a web server before the page is sent to the user. An ASP is somewhat similar to a server-side include or a common gateway interface (CGI) application in that all involve programs that run on the server, usually tailoring a page for the user. Typically, the script in the Web page at the server uses input received as the result of the user's request for the page to access data from a database and then builds or customises the page on the fly before sending it to the requestor.
ASP is normally a feature of the Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), but we use Sun Chili!Soft ASP, which allows us to provide ASP services on a more stable, scalable Linux platform. Since the server-side script is just building a regular HTML page, it can be delivered to almost any browser. You can create an ASP file by including a script written in VBScript in an HTML file or by using ActiveX Data Objects (ADOs) program statements in the HTML file. You name the HTML file with the ".asp" file suffix. Microsoft recommends the use of the server-side ASP rather than a client-side script, where there is actually a choice, because the server-side script will result in an easily displayable HTML page. Client-side scripts (for example, with JavaScript) may not work as intended on older browsers.

Secure Serverback to top 

Use a central secure server free of charge for the delivery and submission of confidential information and to submit a (Pretty Good Privacy) key, for email encryption.
Our secure server (secure.abel.co.uk) is protected using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology; the Internet standard for the transmission of sensitive information including credit card details.
Submit your PGP key in Submit Key.
Alternatively, should you or your end users wish to run a secure server, this service is available at an extra charge. For more information email office@abel.co.uk.

E-Commerce Solutionback to top 

FrontShop, a custom-developed e-commerce application, allows you and/or your end users to publish and sell securely on the web.
The standard edition of FrontShop allows you to publish and sell from a catalogue of up to 100 items. It enables payment by credit/debit card, cheque and/or International Money Order, and the calculation of postage & packaging surcharges according to transaction value (), weight (kg) or the addition of a single fixed sum (), for both domestic and international delivery. You are also entitled to a free listing in the FrontShop directory.
Following a simple set-up process a catalogue is created as a directory within your web space. You are able to customise the appearance of your catalogue and link to it from your home directory.
VISPs' end users can easily and quickly activate their FrontShop by visiting VISPs' Services.

BBCiback to top 

BBCi includes content from a number of areas of the BBC, including interactive, radio and television programming.

Help & Supportback to top 

Help & Support: VISPs' users benefit from online and phone support.

VISPs' End user Portalback to top 

The VISP web portal, available to view at home.vispdomain, provides you with up-to-the-minute news headlines, service updates, and integrated access to search services including Altavista, Excite, Google, Lycos, Yahoo! and The Open Directory.

For other questionsback to top 

Email us at office@abel.co.uk, or phone 0871 717 8252 for assistance.