If you want to learn about PHP, then you are probably more than just an average website owner. PHP discussions, like HTML and scripting languages, are a bit technical and will require some knowledge in basic web development and programming.But if you are really interested in knowing the basics of PHP for your iPage-hosted site, we’ll try to make the discussion as simple as possible.
Let’s do some review on your PHP knowledge. PHP actually stands for Hypertext Preprocessor (I know, it should be HPP but it’s called recursive acronym). PHP basically refers to a scripting language used for developing dynamic web pages. This script is server-side, meaning it operates and executes instructions on the web server and cannot be seen by users on their web browsers. It is also open source, meaning it’s free. Anyone can use it and it can also be distributed to anyone.
PHP scripts work by embedding them into the HTML source codes. This means that PHP codes are inserted into the source code of webpages and they are read as PHP scripts by enclosing them in PHP tags which look like these . These tags serve as the starting and ending points which tell PHP when to start and stop reading the codes. This way, it can be used simultaneously with other HTML codes and users are given the flexibility of switching between PHP and HTML programming during the coding process.
iPage has good PHP support and is known for excellent database hosting. This is because iPage offers unlimited disk space, unlimited MySQL database, superb Dell web servers and an almost perfect uptime record. On top of these, iPage has support for PHP 4 as well as PHP 5. PHP 5 is the latest installment in the PHP family. Normally, with new PHP versions, there are so-called “backward-compatibility” issues.
Meaning, your site’s PHP codes written in the old version of PHP may encounter some problems when the web host upgrades to a newer version. Fortunately, iPage supports the old and new version of PHP so its users need not worry about compatibility issues. This saves you the trouble of reading online guides for migrating from PHP 4 to 5. This also allows the user to switch between these two versions while writing PHP codes without problems.
You can configure your PHP settings on iPage by accessing the php.ini file. Just follow these simple instructions to easily configure PHP on iPage:
Login to your iPage hosting account and go to your admin control panel.
Go to the Additional Tools section in the admin control panel and click on “CGI and Scripting Language Support” icon
Find the “PHP scripting” link. Again, click on this link.
The PHP options and settings will now be displayed to the user. Here, you can already switch the PHP version which will be used by php.ini. To do this, just click on the PHP version you want to use under the heading “Select Default PHP version”. After this, click the “Set” button to finalize the changes.
As mentioned earlier, PHP is a server-side scripting language, meaning it runs on the computer of the web server. This means that the server’s computer, especially the Operating System, must also be compatible with PHP. Otherwise, your PHP scripts may not work on your server and therefore browsers will not be able to display properly the web pages affected by PHP scripts.
Because of this, it is advised that you first verify with your web hosting provider whether their server’s Operating System is compatible with the PHP version you use. You can do this by directly contacting their tech support.