BANNERPLUS GOLD - $250
Gold has identical features to BannerPlus Pro except that the core script is
written in C for maximum speed and minimum server overhead.
Perl is an interpreted language and that means that every time a
perl script is run (ie every time a banner is displayed or someone clicks on a
banner) your server needs to load the Perl interpreter. This results in a
substantial CPU and memory overhead and can lead to server crashes. The busier
your banner exchange, the bigger the problem. BannerPlus Gold uses compiled C
code which greatly reduces the strain on your server and improves both speed and
Is it all
written in C?
the core script is written in C. This is the script that is used every time a
banner is displayed or clicked on. The admin and member interface are still in
Perl and are identical to the scripts in BannerPlus Pro.
How easy is it to upgrade from
easy. All of the admin and member scripts are identical, so all you need to do
is to upload and compile the C script. You can keep all your existing members
without any data conversion. Your members should change the HTML on their pages
to reflect the new script name, but even that is not compulsory since you can
keep the Perl version running for old members side by side with the C version
for new members.
is essential for larger banner exchanges, or for medium sized exchanges running
on shared (virtual) servers. No Perl software is adequate in these situations.
If your exchange is running smoothly and your server is not overloaded, then you
can happily stick with BannerPlus Pro unless your exchange is also expanding.
There are no hard and fast figures for when you should make the switch. On a
shared server you might have problems running BannerPlus Pro with as few as
10,000 banner exposures per day. On a dedicated server your exchange may run
smoothly with 10 times that volume. If you don't know whether you need
BannerPlus Gold right now, then you probably don't! You'll know when you need
What about upgrades?
the admin and member interface is identical to that of BannerPlus Pro, you can
avail yourself of the free upgrades to any of these areas made to BannerPlus
Pro. Upgrades to the core C system will be competitively priced.
are the system requirements?
Web server with UNIX or
API-compatible operating system (Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD etc.)
gcc compiler. (99% or the time
it is included in your operating system). You will also need the C library
file(s) for fctnl. If you are unsure, ask your system administrator.
Login via telnet and type gcc -v To see if you have the compiler.
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