Server wide :

cd /etc/httpd/conf/

cp -p httpd.conf httpd.conf.bak

vi httpd.conf

uncomment AddHandler cgi-script .cgi

service httpd restart

1. create an .htaccess file in your cgi-bin directory, that file should have the following

AddType text/x-server-parsed-html .html
AddType application/x-httpd-cgi .cgi .pl

Make sure you upload it in ASCII format, not binary.

2 set the permissions on your scripts correctly.. usually to 755