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Westhost, joomla updater fopen and htaccess.

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I was setting up a joomla installation on Westhost (Cpanel version). I was getting an error of

The PHP allow_url_fopen setting is disabled. This setting must be enabled for the updater to work.

I had renamed the Joomla htaccess.txt to htaccess. According to Westhost’s tech, I needed to copy the two lines shown below in their .htaccess file to the top of the new htaccess. Fortunately I had renamed the original Westhost .htaccess instead of deleting it.

# WestHost 4.0 Custom php.ini
SetEnv PHPRC /home//public_html/php.ini  where is the user id for westhost.

That solved the problem.

UPDATE – 6/15/15 – The entry above did not work. I had to use

suPHP_ConfigPath /home//public_html/php.ini


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