Web-Link allows files to be distributed to users via a web/ftp server.
An administrator uploads files to the server using Web-Link Admin, and then each user downloads the files using Web-Link
Some data loggers can upload data directly to a web server.
The list of files for downloading can be prepared either by the administrator or by the user.
Files can also be sent from the user to the administrator, to backup the files or so that the administrator can provide support to the user.
Web-Link Administration allows the adminsistrator to edit the file list for each user; and to send the list to the web server for the users to download.
It can also upload files to the web server for later downloading by users, and download files that have been uploaded by users.
Each user can have a name, email, etc
The UserID and password need to be sent to the user before they can access their data. These can be changed at any time.
Use <email> to email the user their UserID and password.
The application folder is where the client has installed their application (not used)
The data folder is the folder fo all sahered data files. All user folders must also be below this folder.
The user folder and user current folder are where all files for each user will be saved on the admin PC, and on the web server. It is also where a file will be left if the user uploads a file.
The current folder is for the current season data files.
<Check and Create> folders will create the user folders on the local Admin PC, and also on the web server.
A user can be set up with common files that need to be downloaded by many users. e.g. crop water use data.
<Upload File List> will upload the file lists for the user. This is also done by <Process All Users> <Process User>
This is the list of files that will be sent to the user.
Files can be added to the list with <New> and deleted with <Delete>. File(s) can also be added by dragging them from Windows File Manager.
Files can be re-ordered with <Up> and <Down>.
Useto print or export to a file details of all users and files.
The user and file information is saved in Microsoft MDB format, so Microsoft Access can be used for other reports or accounting.
The software can run automatically at intervals (is this required ???)
Local master folders are the folders on the Administration PC that correspond to Application and Data folders on the users PC.
The Application folder is for common, shared files for sending to users.
All user folders are below the data folder. e.g.
and corresponding server folders
These details are needed so that the Administration PC can upload files to the web server; and also to allow users to download files.
The ftp Server is the url of the ftp server e.g.
The http Server is the http url of the ftp server e.g.
These will be provided by the the server ISP.
The Web Folder is the folder on the server for all files e.g.
All this information is also needed by each user so that they can download files from the server.
So that users do not have direct access to the ftp password, all the information is saved in an encrypted CFG file.
The CFG file is then put on a web site.
Web-Link users only need to enter the url of the CFG file to access their data e.g.
<Save> will save the ftp details to a CFG file.
The CFG file then needs uploading to a web site, and users told the location of the file.
The CFG file can be located on any web site - it does not need to be on the ftp server with the data.
An email can be sent to the user here with their UserID, password and the URL of the CFG file.
Users will enter this information here.
New season will prompt for the name of a new season (e.g.
2010) and then, for each user...
The next time the user runs Web-Link, a new season folder will be created on the User PC, and data downloaded to the new folder.
Web-Link is potentially dangerous - it uploads and downloads files to your PC.
Every PC should be running a firewall (such as ZoneAlarm), and the firewall should ask you to confirm it is ok when WebLink tries to access the iternet.
The name of the programme is
WebLink.EXE, and it will identify itself to the ftp and http server as
The firewall should again ask for confirmation after an upgrade to the software has been installed.
If the list of files itself is to be downloaded from the web server (this is the default), the
files.txt will be copied from the server to your PC, and saved in the data folder.
You can then see the list of all files that will be uploaded or downloaded from your PC on the files tab.
This list should be carefully checked before you use <Process>.
Files should normally only be in the Application or Data folders, but WebLink can also upload files from anywhere on your PC
This is to allow uploading INI files in the
A potential problem is that if you use
Run at startup, the list of files will be processed automatically.
The file list could be changed at any time by the Administrator, but the user might not regularly check the list.
So you should either trust the Administrator, or remember to keep checking the files list.
Every time a file is uploaded or downloaded it is logged in
ftp.log, in the data folder.
A special 'file to process' called
DIR will generate a a directory list of all files in the application and data folders, and sent it to the Administrator.
This is to help with support, if you are having problems
Another special 'file to process' is
FROMDATE. This will change the season start date on the new season tab, so that only new data for the season is downloaded.