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PHP vs PHP single php.ini vs PHP with FastCGI

The HostMonster servers have 3 different ways to use PHP:

  • Standard PHP (Default)

    By default all accounts use standard PHP. With standard PHP selected, a php script will use the server's master php.ini configuration file if the script's directory does not contain a php.ini file. You can install the default php.ini file to your public_html folder using the "PHP Config" option in your cPanel. You may make any changes to this file and the modification will take precedent over the master file. With standard PHP selected in the cPanel, you will need to copy the modified php.ini file into all subdirectories containing php files which are to use the custom php settings.

    Note: Different folders can have different php.ini files containing different php settings. If you need to use different php settings for two different scripts, you can place them each in their own folder and with their own php.ini file.

  • PHP Single php.ini

    To avoid copying the same php.ini file to each and every directory containing php files, you may select PHP Single php.ini. This option changes the php handler defined in ~/public_html/.htaccess to indicate that all subfolders use the same php.ini found in public_html/.

    Note: The .htaccess php handler is recursive through all subdirectories unless a subdirectory has a .htaccess file also defining a php handler.

  • PHP FastCGI

    Using the PHP FastCGI option makes all your PHP applications run through mod_fcgid instead of mod_suphp. FastCGI uses only one php.ini file located in the public_html directory. For more detailed information about PHP FastCGI including benefits and potential problems, Click Here

Note: For information about configuring php for an addon domain, Click Here.

To change the PHP type used for your account:

  1. Login to your cPanel
  2. Click on the "PHP Config" icon located under "Software/Services"
  3. Select the type of php version you wish to use, click "save changes"

To generate a new php.ini file:

  1. Login to your cPanel
  2. Click on the "PHP Config" icon located under "Software/Services"
  3. Select the options you wish to use
  4. Click the "SAVE CHANGES" button
  5. You will now have a file inside the public_html folder named php.ini

If you have any further questions about configuring the php.ini file, there are extensive descriptions within the file itself. You may also find more help at:

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