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Random Quotes

Display random text, images, code, or
other content on your web pages.

The random quote script is very flexible, and be used to display various random content on your web pages. This can include text, images, URLs, media files, HTML, and other types of code. The script is easy to configure, and uses uses SSI (Server Side Includes) to display a randomly selected item from a preconfigured list.

A random quote sample is available:

Random Quote Sample

How to Add Random Content

Follow these simple steps to add random content to your web pages:

  1. Create your content data file.
  2. Upload the data file and any referenced files or images.
  3. Add the random quote code to your web page.

Create Your Content Data File

Use Notepad (or similar text editor) to open a new text file and enter details of your text, code, or images, each separated by a blank line as follows:

First text, code, or image item.

Second text, code, or image item.

Third text, code, or image item.


This is a a text string. The script won't end the string until it sees a blank
line, so your text can span multiple lines like this.

<SPAN><B>You can also add code, images, media and more!</B></SPAN>

<IMG SRC="">.

Save the file as "filename.txt" (replacing "filename" with your preferred name for this random quote group).

Upload the Data File and Any Referenced Files or Images

Upload this file to your "freeCGI" directory, which is one level above your document root ("htdocs"). Use FTP or Webby to upload your file (you cannot access this directory with FrontPage).

Upload any referenced files or images to the location you specified in your data file.

Add the Random Quote Code to Your Web Page

To instruct the server to look for SSI commands, your page should end in an ".shtml" extension. SSI commands will not be recognized if the page has an ".html" extension.

To include the random content on your web page, simply add the following code to the page body (where "filename" is the name you gave to your random quote data file):

        <!--#include virtual="/cgi-t/quote.cgi?file=filename.txt" -->

Note: Remember to save your page with an ".shtml" extension.

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