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What is a CGI BIN? What is PERL? Learn more about these web hosting terms in this tutorial

CGI-BIN is short for Common Gateway Interface Bin, with "Bin" meaning folder or short for "Binary", as most programs used to be referred to as binaries.

This feature allows you to run your own PERL scripts and executables. PERL is a programming format originally developed in 1987 as a general-purpose Unix scripting language. It has steadily evolved over the years and earned the nickname of "Swiss Army Chainsaw" of programming languages given its power, flexibility and adaptability for a multitude of applications.

While PERL scripts aren't as popular as they once were with technologies such as PHP now more prevalent, there are still many fantastic PERL scripts available and it remains the scripting language of choice of many programmers.

You may not be a programmer or even ever need to use PERL scripts, but we we want to ensure all Domain Registration Services web hosting clients have as much flexibility and options for building and enhancing their web sites as possible, so we include PERL support and a private (not shared) CGI-BIN folder with all our plans, giving you even further control.

Host that only offer a shared CGI-BIN usually only allow you to use scripts they have installed - at Domain Registration Services, having your own CGI-BIN means you can use whatever scripts you wish, assuming they do not create issues for the server and operate within our terms and conditions.

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