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Write Form Results Into A Table

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I am currently designing a website, and am looking at various webhosts. I know some of the features I need, such as SSI, .htaccess and CGI/Perl, but I am not sure if I need any other features for the design I am planning. Mainly, I am unsure of which features I need to achieve the following:
The index file I want to use is to discover things about the user's computer, record these details, and redirect the user appropriately.
I mostly want to have some sort of table that shows how many users visited the site, and then broken down numbers of how many were using IE, how many were using Netscape etc. This will help me to further develop the site. I have created the shtml form, but unfortunately I have no idea what to do after that. I must stress that this question is only asking what features I will need to achieve this, as my first task is choosing a hosting solution. Thank-you.
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"I mostly want to have some sort of table that shows how many users visited the site, and then broken down numbers of how many were using IE, how many were using Netscape etc"  - This sort of information can be obtained through your web logs.  If you pick a good hosting service you will have access to these detailed logs through a nice User Interface  (example: Mediahouse Statistics Server) that give you reporting capabilities, graphs, 3d charts, etc...

What does your "shtml form" do or meant to do?  collect names, emails, account information?  You will want to store this information in a table within a data base, Most plans offer mySQL or MS Access for free. You can upgrade to MS SQL Server if you plan on have a high volume commerce site.




 

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The stats shown by most of the hosting solutions do not include browser types. The form I have created finds the required environment variables, but I'm not sure where to post them. I know a reasonable amount of Perl, but would PHP be more effective in this situation? It's not going to be highly commercial. At the end of each month, I want to look at a certain file, which tells me how many users visited the site, and then how many of those used IE, how many Netscape, etc. I just want to know what language would be most efficient at achieving this. Thanks.
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Most hosts will provide you with a baisc database like mySql or MS Access so you can dump the data there. Since you're familar with perl, php will be easy to pick up.   Take a look at PHP.




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