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What is php.ini?

The php.ini file is a special file for PHP. It is where you declare changes to your PHP settings. The server is already configured with standard settings for PHP, which your site will use by default. Unless you need to change one or more settings, there is no need to create or modify a php.ini file. If you would like to make any changes to settings, please do so through the MultiPHP INI Editor.


How To Modify PHP Settings via the MultiPHP INI Editor

There may be times where you need to change some of the default PHP settings, and below we've outlined those steps. However, keep in mind that on our Shared, Cloud, & Reseller hosting, there are PHP Settings That Cannot Be Changed.

You may find some links below that will take you directly to some portions of your cPanel provided that the following conditions are met:
  • You are logged into your Customer Portal. You can also log in after clicking the link.
  • The hosting package you are attempting to access is either Shared or Cloud. The link will only work for the first type of this package listed in the billing account.

To modify the PHP settings:

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the Software section, click on the MultiPHP INI Editor icon.
    cPanel MultiPHP INI Editor Plugin
  3. On the Configure PHP INI basic settings page, select the Home Directory or specific domain from the drop-down.
    HostGator Customer Portal Single Sign-On for cPanel
  4. Select the new setting for each PHP directive you would like to change.
    HostGator Customer Portal Single Sign-On for cPanel
  5. Click Apply at the bottom to save your changes.

How to Create a New php.ini File

Important Note: HostGator won't know why you want or need to change these settings. You would change this at the advice of your web designer or the developer of your script. HostGator can only show you where to make the change.
  • For Plesk users, the file should already exist in the directory  /var/www/vhost/$DOMAIN/etc/php.ini.
  • For the cPanel, this file should be created in your Home directory (/home/username/).
The username is your actual cPanel username, and $DOMAIN is your actual domain.

To create a new php.ini file in your cPanel:

  1. In the Files section of your cPanel, click on the File Manager icon.
  2. Select the root directory for your site. The default for the primary is public_html.
  3. Click the + File button at the top left of the page.
  4. In the pop-up box, enter php.ini in the New File Name field. Make sure the root directory is in the bottom box.

    File Manager - Add New php.ini File

  5. Click Create New File.
  6. Locate and right-click the new php.ini file and select Edit, then click the Edit button again.
  7. You can now input the contents of your php.ini file. Click Save to save your changes.