I read the readme file of this script, postlister.
It tells me to enter the database name and username and password.
and also the server form whic the host is on and they recommened localhost.
whats al this? do i need to create a database? if so, how? my host says there's a folder whereby my database files are to be placed into..i ahev no idea whats this at all.
can someone kindly explain to me pls?
Sounds like the script in question relies on a MySQL database to store its data in. Ask your host if they provide you with a MySQL database server. If so, ask them for the details you list above. They should be able to provide them without any difficulty.
Yup, SSH (Secure SHell) works just like telnet except the data flow is encrypted. In a basic sense, SSH is to Telnet as SSL is to HTTP.
If you're in the US or Canada, you can download ZOC, a terminal/telnet program that supports SSH. You'll also need to download the encryption module to enable SSH support (just try to connect using SSH and ZOC will tell you where to get the file).
You'll have to discuss that with your host to be sure, but in all likelihood they're sharing a single MySQL server between many of their users, giving one database to each user.
If that's the case, they have probably not given you access to create new databases for yourself. If you need more than one database, you'll probably have to ask your host to create it and grant you access to it.
An advanced alternative would be for your host to grant you access to all databases that, for example, have names beginning with your username (e.g. user_mail, user_content, etc.), and then allow you to create as many such databases as you like. I'm not sure if the brains at your average Web host are knowledgeable enough to set up MySQL to do this, however.