What is php?

Quite simply the most popular server-side web scripting technology on the Internet with usage growing at 6.5% monthly according to a netcraft survey.

Basically, it is a free software package that runs on your web server. It is specifically designed for creating robust and reliable dynamic web pages for e-commerce and other mission critical web applications. It is also required to run php based softSWOT software titles. If php is not supported by your web server then these software titles will not function.

How do I know if my server has php?

Most commercial web servers currently run php. Most free web hosts do not. If you are running a business web site on a free host consider upgrading so you can really benefit from the opportunities the internet offers business. We use IX Web Hosting, they provide a range of reliable and economical hosting packages (from $3.95 / month) all with php support. To determine php status on your server try running our Test Code.

To do this simply input your email address in the Test Code Form then click Get Test Code. A new window will open containing php code that you can save to your server. When you open this test page in your browser it will use php to display a message and send an email to the address you provided. This tests the functionality of your Java Script, php, and the php mail function. The php mail function is only required for software titles that send emails. If a new code window is not created when you click Get Test code make sure you are not blocking new windows (ie pop-ups) and that your browser is Java Script enabled.

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If a success message is displayed when you run the Test Code but you do not receive an email you may need to set your SMPT Mailserver Setting as outlined in the Form1 Builder help file to run software titles that send emails. This is not required for software titles that do not send emails.

What if my server does not support php?

IX Web Hosting If you do not currently have a hosting company that supports php we use and recommend IX Web Hosting. IX Web Hosting provide a range of reliable and economical hosting packages (from $3.95 / month), all with php support.

How do I display PHP Information (phpinfo)?

If php is running on your server you can use the phpinfo function to display the server php configuration.

To do this simply:

  1. Click this input text block to select the code, copy the code to your text editor (i.e notepad) and Save it as a file called phpinfo.php
  2. Upload this file to your web server
  3. Open the web server file in your browser i.e http://www.mydomain.com/phpinfo.php

When you open the php info file it will display current php configuration and settings on your server.

To find out more about php try PHP.net.

IX Web Hosting
If you do not currently have a hosting company that supports php we use and recommend IX Web Hosting. IX Web Hosting provide a range of reliable and economical hosting packages (from $3.95 / month), all with php support.

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