Adding PHP.ini to WordPress Hosting on Godaddy

Many WordPress hosting plans include PHP. Many web hosts offer this popular scripting language as a part of their service, but setting it up and using it efficiently can be difficult. In this article, we’ll show you how to easily launch and run PHP scripts within WordPress while taking advantage of all the features the PHP scripting language has to offer.

Step 1: Preparing Your WordPress Installation

Before you start launching your WordPress site, you’ll need to prepare it by installing the latest version of WordPress on a blank CMS. We recommend using the WordPress install tool found on the WordPress website to make the process simple and straightforward. This tool will also give you the option of choosing a pre-built version of WordPress suitable for your hosting plan.

Once you’ve installed WordPress, visit the Dashboard to take a look at the control panel governing your site.

Here, you’ll find all the settings and features pertinent to running a WordPress site. These include things like the site’s name, admin login information, and so on.

Step 2: Configuring The PHP Scripts On Your WordPress Site

Now that your WordPress site is ready to host any type of content you might want to put on it, you need to start thinking about the scripts you’ll use to run it. Fortunately, WordPress comes with a built-in function called php_sapi_version() that will tell you what version of PHP is installed on your site. In order to use this function, you must first create a PHP file, which we’ll call phpinfo.php, and place it in the root directory of your WordPress site.

This file will be used to launch the php_sapi_version() function. Now, you can test out what version of PHP is installed on your site by visiting the URL below in your browser:

The version number of PHP you’ll see below will be your site’s PHP version if you followed the previous step or a different version if you installed a later version (e.g., 5.2.10).

You’ll also see a Last Modified tag at the top of the file. This tag shows the date and time the file was last modified.

If the version of PHP you’re using is less than or equal to 5.2.11, you’ll see this message:

Warning: [php_sapi_version()] The php.ini file is not configured properly. Cannot use pcntl function. You should check and make sure you’ve included the PHP extension file on your PHP configuration section in php.ini file or use ini_set() to adjust its parameters.

The PHP configuration section within your php.ini file controls many aspects of how PHP works, such as the headers sent during execution and the functions made available to scripts. The extension file is used to load and manage the function library made available by the PHP core.

Since the PHP configuration section is vast and can be quite complicated to understand, we’ll simply show you what to look out for. This way, you can easily spot the differences between how PHP works on a default installation and how it works on a customized installation (e.g., one with some extra extensions or a different version of PHP.)

Step 3: Modifying PHP’s Default Configuration

The PHP configuration file, located at /etc/php/php.ini, holds many parameters used by the software. Since this is the file used to launch and run PHP scripts, you can use it to adjust many aspects of the way PHP works.

You can use the php.ini file to launch the php_sapi_version() function with a different setting than the one found in the WordPress .htaccess file. However, since this is the file used to run the server itself, you should make sure you’ve adjusted its parameters wisely so that you can avoid any troubles.

Let’s say you want to force all your scripts to use UTF-8 encoding instead of the deprecated ISO-8859-1 encoding that’s used by default (which we’ll discuss in more detail below.) To do this, open the php.ini file in Notepad and locate the ;encoding= line. This is the line that begins with ; and ends with =. Once you’ve found this line, remove the ; characters to make it encoding=UTF-8. Then save the file and continue below.

Now, when you visit any WordPress-based URL in your browser, you’ll see that all the characters are encoded using the UTF-8 character set instead of the ISO-8859-1 set used by default. This is because the WordPress.htaccess file was modified to use the UTF-8 character set for all files and folders it browses.

Step 4: Adjusting The Script’s MIME Type

When you upload a file to your WordPress site using the uploader tool, you can choose the MIME type the file is to be opened with. This is especially useful for determining the browser behavior when opening files with specific extensions.

Since the HTML head includes a type attribute for all the meta tags used in the HTML document, you can specify the MIME type used to open any file you upload to your WordPress site using the webmaster tools found on the Dashboard. For example, if you want your users to be able to download any type of file they want without any trouble, you can set the MIME type for all your files to application/octet-stream.

This is a very common practice when dealing with WordPress, as many hosts will automatically convert the MIME type of any file you upload to them into something more user-friendly. You can also use the.htaccess file to set the MIME type of a file to match the MIME type specified in the HTML head of the document being accessed. In this case, if you want your users to be able to download and open.docx files, you can set the MIME type of those files to application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.

Step 5: Adding Additional PHP Functionality

If you’re fortunate enough to have a hosting account with a few hundred gigabytes of storage, you might see this step as unnecessary, but having more than 5 gigabytes of free storage is very rare these days. This is mainly due to the fact that most web hosts place restrictions on how much disk space you can use.

As we mentioned above, PHP is a tool used to develop websites. While there are many uses for this versatile language, it doesn’t always come with the features you might need to run your site. Fortunately, you can always add additional functionality to your PHP installation via the use of additional extensions.

Now, it’s possible to download and use the zlib library to improve compression and increase download speeds. If you look near the top of the file, you’ll see many extensions listed. Some of these are more frequently used than others, but it’s always a good idea to have the full force of PHP available to you, as you never know when you might need it.

Now, you might be thinking that with all the information in this article, you could simply run a server and be set to go. While this is true, if you want to be able to launch and use PHP scripts with ease, you should look into buying a premium hosting plan that includes this functionality.

The above steps will have you launching and using PHP scripts in no time at all. Of course, there’s a bit more to it than this. After you’ve set up your site with the basics, it’s a good idea to spend some time learning more about PHP and how to make the most out of it. For example, if you want your site to be accessible from all over the world, you can use the Apache mod_rewrite module to redirect any visitors arriving from an unknown country to your country’s webmaster hub. This will allow them to find the answers they need more easily (and perhaps even visit your site once they’ve found what they’re looking for.)