Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

Programming (*)

How do I make work with my custom daemon process?

What is a software realm?

How do I set up the server to allow web applications to write files?

How does CGI work at NearlyFreeSpeech.NET?

What can I do if I want a script to run every so often on my site (like cron)?

How do I customize my PHP configuration?

What is the path to the root of my site in PHP?

What is the best HTML editor to use with your system?

The best one is the one that works best for you. HTML editors vary widely in terms of features, methodology, and target audience. There is no way to recommend a single best tool for everyone. If the program gets the results you want and you understand how to use it, then it is right for you.

Some factors to consider in choosing a program are:

While we still use vim every day, as of 2024, our own websites are largely maintained using the JetBrains IDEs. We can enthusiastically recommend them for complex dynamic sites, and they also provide some support for editing HTML, but they have drawbacks. They aren't for site design or layout, they carry a substantial learning curve, and they're not exactly cheap. So they aren't the best choice for every situation. Visual Studio Code is free, high quality, and seems to be very popular, but also emphasizes programming over page design.

How do I alter the PHP memory limit?

What references do you recommend for web technologies?

Do you have register_globals enabled for PHP?

What is the path to the root of my site for CGI scripts?

How do I change the version of PHP that my site uses?

How do I control what user a CGI script runs as?

Can I compile my own CGI application on your servers?

I used an absolute path in an SSI and it didn't work. What should I do?

How do I write files from scripts run by the web server?

How do I protect an upload directory from being exploited?