Prior to reduce the problem for Joomla

Like Joomla! developer, I often find myself supporting users of their software. Sometimes, despite my best intentions, I crashed into a stone wall: server setup wrong. In this case, I explain to my users, what is the problem and ask them to contact their master to rectify it. One of the most annoying situations I found myself a case, when the host replies : "we cannot do it for security reasons". I would admit, if only the owner actually knew what they were saying. And, Yes, I am specifically talking about the URL fopen wrappers and the fact that they stupidly disabled on many hosts.

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4 Responses

  1. avatar Bosse Persson Says:
    July 13, 2013

    Most people are ignorant and think they can get good hosting for $1.79 a month!

    The old rule “you get what you pay for” doesn’t exist here I think everyone thinks it is.

    “All for nothing” that applies. I am now testing CloudLinux together with Cpanel with some of my VPS guys and that seems to take care of most problems like this.

  2. avatar Andrew Crossan Says:
    July 13, 2013

    So many issues with bad hosting companies. With small site hosting being such a competitive commodity it's amazing that anyone can make money at it with such a poor understanding of what they're doing. The php issue I seem to have had several times recently is hosts that have incorrectly installed php and therefore creating permission errors anytime I need to upgrade or install anything.

  3. avatar cholas Says:
    July 13, 2013

    That's why hosts need good technical teams which understand the repercussions of their actions. I've seen many hosts relying on bad advice given in an infamous hosting forum (I bet you know what I mean) by other people who don't understand what they are doing. Basing a server's setup on hearsay without understanding what you're doing is virtually always worse than using the defaults and pray for the best.

  4. avatar Frank Says:
    July 13, 2013

    Interesting. But reading comments.

    Once your sites grow to big for cheap shared hosting the only next step at sensible cost is VPS. And BANG you are suddenly on your own... going from a euro/dollar a month to 30 or more a month gives you huge performance gains... but server configuration is a foreign concept. The VPS host say we cannot help... hire a pro. The pro's say your too small I am too busy, or they say pay 3000 per year contract and you get support. Duuh.

    So we google we hassle the forums and we try and cope... it is tough. We have no idea if our server is safe or not, if the changes we have to make to get Joomla working are good or bad.

    So blogs like this do help - if mostly over the head.

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