Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

Programming (*)

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?

How do I alter the PHP memory limit?

What references do you recommend for web technologies?

For a tutorial/HOWTO approach, we like the site in particular, because it gives you the ability to fiddle with their examples and see the results in real time. They have guides for HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP, among others.

For quick reference and looking things up, we recommend MDN, the Mozilla Developer Network. They have references for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, among others.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) defines many web standards, and they have information about HTML and CSS. The standards documents can be a bit dry, but they are the definitive final word on the subject.

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?