php.ini overview

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A php.ini file is a simple text file that allows you to adjust your PHP settings. For example, the server comes with a few default settings such as a PHP memory_limit of 256MB. Other limits that are often changed are for PHP execution time and upload size. This article walks you through how to set up a php.ini (phprc) file and add your custom adjustments.

The standard term for this file is php.ini, however, DreamHost uses the term phprc file instead. This acts the same way – only the name is different. In this article, only the term phprc is used.

DreamPress PHP customizations

If you need to adjust your PHP settings within DreamPress, view the following article:

Determine which PHP version your website uses

Before you create a phprc file, you’ll need to know which version of PHP your site is running. The following articles explain how to view the PHP version of your site and change it:

When you create your phprc file on the server, you'll use this PHP version to specify the correct location of the file.

How to create a phprc file

You can create a phprc file by logging into your server via FTP or SSH. The following links walk you through each option:

Updating your changes

After you've created your phprc file, you should update your PHP configuration to ensure the new settings take effect. View the following article for further details:

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