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    Server with full PHP?

    Hey everyone. Last year I tried the PHP VTMs but hit a brick wall when I found my server provider had turned off many of the PHP functions. Does anyone know a cheap Windows based web space provider that has most of the PHP functions turned on? Do I need a dedicated (or virtual dedicated) server to use it all?

    Thanks in advance

    -Com

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    You would need a dedicated to have FULL control...

    However, why don't you just turn your PC into a server, and install PHP?

    Thats the way to go...

    Install this:

    http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html

    It will install the entire server package for you...

    Then just place your files in your webserver directory, and go to http://localhost to view it...

    Hope this helps.

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    I paid $190 for a 2 year contract with http://dreamhost.com and I'm loving it.

    Your storage and bandwidth grows weekly a few gigs, and right now they have this going on:
    * 500 GB Disk Storage
    * 5 TB Monthly Bandwidth
    * Plus many more features!
    * Sign up now for $5.95/mo

    You can choose between php4 and php5 and you can also set your own php.ini file.

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    Oh wow thanks for the quick replies. Good idea Motogeek I'll do that... it will be good for testing at least, even if I can't base my website on it for the public.

    Dreamhost sounds good! bechstien have you done the PHP test to see what functions are enabled? I'd be interested to know.

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    Here you go my phpinfo file: http://bechstien.com/phpinfo.php

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    You're a star.

    Here's mine... not enough to utilise the VTMs

    http://www.nickgrayson.net/phpfun/emailtest/test.php

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    Yep, I use dreamhost as well and I've been very happy.

    At work we use MediaTemple for clients' websites and the are also very good, though personally I like the extra control that Dreamhost gives you.

    I also have set up an old box as a server which we use for testing/backups.

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    This is very useful info as I gave up trying to learn PHP last time when I came across this problem. It certainly can be a chore when you have find these server providers for yourself. Hence I gave up.

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    Yeah, finding a decent hosting provider can be a pain. However, you shouldn't need to give up learning PHP. The best way to learn PHP is to install it on your computer. That way you don't have to mess around FTPing files just to see if your script works. It might be worth looking at XAMPP:

    www.apachefriends.org

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    Yeah I'm definitely going to install that, as Motogeek recommends. I took a lot of other stuff on last time I tried to learn PHP, that's the main reason I gave up but thinking I had to find a new server was the nail in the coffin. But it's a really easy language compared to C++, which I have managed to come quite some way with recently.

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