All you really have to know is that when you install a script it is usually uploaded to that directory. So what can scripts do for you? Well, for starters, they can automate many things that take up alot of your workday. First thing that comes to mind is email. There are TONS of free scripts out there that can do anything with email. From an autoresponder that automaticaly replies to emails while you are away, to bulk mailing scripts that you can plug your email subscriber list into and click a button.
There are also scripts that can manage your web content for you. You can even get a script that designs and uploads an entire website from a set of templates. One thing that I like scripts for is automated search engine submissions. I use them for the less important search engines, ones like Yahoo and Google I do manually.
Ok, so I got you interested in scripts, but what next? Well, the first thing to do is to do a little reading on the subject, now you don't have to learn Perl or Java or any other programming language (although it wouldn't hurt if you did) to use scripts on your site. All you really have to know is:
1. How to customize the scripts for your specific website.
2. How to set and read file permissions.
3. How to use an FTP program.
4. The absolute file paths on your webserver.
5. How to call a script from your webpages.
All of this information is on the net at your fingertips. This article
is a great tutorial on installing and using CGI scripts. When you feel confident enough to try one out, be sure to visit the CGI Resource Index
for a mountain of free scripts.
Now that you are aware of how scripts can enhance your web experience, you will find yourself looking to scripts to do new and better things more often.