php_flag and php_value errors, and how to fix it.

You are seeing Internal Server Errors in your browser when you view your web site.

You have recently added items to your .htaccess file that contain php_flag and/or php_value directives.

Example Errors:
Example items in your cPanel error log (cPanel > Error log) will be like:

Invalid command 'php_flag', perhaps mis-spelled or defined by a module not included in the server configuration

The script you are using assumes that PHP is installed as a module. PHP is installed as a CGI on our servers. Your script should have documentation for how to install it on servers that run PHP as a CGI. This is sometimes referred to as PHP SuExec or SuPHP.

Instead of adding these directives to your .htaccess file, add them into a file called php.ini and place this file in the same directory that your script runs in. Most often this will be public_html, but in some cases you will install your script in a subdirectory. Wherever your script runs, this is the place for your php.ini file. You will need to drop the "php_flag" and "php_value" prefix. You will also need to put an equals (=) sign between the setting and the value.

For example, if your script recommends these settings in a .htaccess file:


php_flag register_globals off
php_flag magic_quotes_gpc off
php_value safe_mode off

Put them in a php.ini file instead. Here is the proper syntax:


register_globals = off
magic_quotes_gpc = off
safe_mode = off
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