Throughout my experience as a support person in various hosting companies I have noticed a very common and re-occurring problem with customers. Namely, this is managing their PHP settings. A client would come to me and ask for help dealing with a messy coding on an old PHP version, while another wishes to experiment with an application, that requires the latest version of PHP. Then there are those who do not need an entire version switch, but just a PHP module being turned on or off. Such cases confuse, often frustrate clients, who are not used to managing PHP, mostly because their resolution might be hard to explain or achieve. With most hosts the solution is getting a Virtual Private Server with resources you do not actually need and at a significantly higher price. Alternatively, they will make you edit a bunch of php files and code to reach your goal.
With PHP being the most popular language on the Internet, for it is used by applications like Joomla, WordPress and many others, easy PHP management is very essential for hosting users. We at WebHostFace understand this crucial necessity and our top-notch technicians have come up with an advanced way to help you do it!
We run multiple PHP versions and let our customers choose which version they want to use. What is more, thеу will be able to select the desired version per different folder under the same hosting account! This makes each of our servers compatible with a much wider range of applications which you may use with us.
When working with different software on one account, you may need to use an older version of PHP on your main site, for instance, while running a newer version of PHP on a sub domain. For example: You can have PHP 5.4 for the site in public_html and then use PHP 5.2 in a subdirectory. You can use any combination of older PHP versions in any directory on the account.
When professional hosting became more affordable, there were just a few popular applications with similar requirements. However as the hosting industry and the Internet grew bigger, more and more applications with different functionality came to live, while the old applications started issuing newer and newer versions. Thus today the need for various PHP versions and modules is not only something developers have to deal with, but a necessity for each and every web user.
As our customer service team is the one that communicates directly to our end users on a daily basis, we were the first to notice this crucial point. We sat down to discuss this matter with our technical gurus and agreed that our clients should have the opportunity to modify various PHP aspects, but this had to be made as easy as possible. After long research and sleepless hours, our outstanding technical team managed to build the end product – a multi-functional tool that is not only efficient, but also intuitive and easy to work with.
Here are its primary functions:
Advanced PHP Info
Regular way to check the php settings is to a create a php file with a line of code and open the file through your browser, which is time consuming for a task that should be much simpler. So what we did is add a button that lists your account php settings, where each value has a pop-up with more details and what it does, recommended settings etc. and useful information that you no longer need to research separately.
Advanced Settings Changer
If you need to change some value, we have made this really cool and simple tool to change values. Even more you can change values globally or per folder, depending on your particular needs.
Advanced PHP Version changer
If you need to change the PHP version it is again done with a click and again you can change the php version per application. So if you have an old application and you are rebuilding with a newer version, you do not have to get a new hosting account as some hosts will ask you. On the same account you can have multiple php versions set with just a click.
Advanced PHP Module Manager
For the more experienced customer, we have added this tool to disable and enable PHP modules, which allows you to determine the set down to the smallest detail. Plus we have made it possible to have a different set of modules loaded per PHP Version, so you can have version 5.1 with one set, while in a different folder – 5.6 with a different set.
Advanced Error Log
Many customers refer to the Error Log in the cPanel. However, this is the Apache error log and when you need to check your PHP script error log the usual process is to change settings and waste a ton of time. The idea behind this tool is to save you all this hassle and collect PHP error logs without any additional switches.
To sum up, this is a tool which will drastically ease your life when it comes to PHP adjustments, so that you can focus on your website’s design, content and popularity.
To better illustrate all of this new information and make it easily accessible by all our readers, here is a neat infographic we prepared for your convenience: