Easy Availability is designed to be used in a wide variety of contexts. To use and run our software you need the following commonly-used elements:
(1) How can you check if you have PHP? There are several possibilities:
- Email your web host and ask
- Go to your web host's site and check the hosting package you have. It should say if PHP is included
- Go into your site's Control Panel and look around. Some control panels report on installed components and may tell you if you have PHP
- Download this ZIP file, unzip it, and FTP the enclosed file (php_info.php) into your site's root directory. Then point your browser at:
and a full report on your PHP installation will be shown if PHP is installed.
(2) By 'proper' hosts we mean those that are established to offer web packages and domain hosting with the normal components that many users expect. These include: Perl, PHP, MySQL, ASP, Front Page, etc.
If you are attempting to economise by using 'free' space for your web site, perhaps space provided by your ISP, then it's possible that your web space will be nothing but storage space and will have none of the functionality that interactive web sites need.
In our experience, many users of such 'free' space come to the realisation that it is a false economy, as such free space is often loaded with adverts (which makes it look amateurish) or has little or no functionality. More importantly, the savings that users are making are small or non-existent because fully-functioning 'proper' web space can be had so cheaply these days that there is no argument for compromising on quality. Fully-functioning web space can be rented for as little as £13 - £15 PER YEAR!
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