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Hosting for Website with PHP: How to Choose the Best Option

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PHP is a programming language used primarily for web development. It is not for nothing that the first deciphering of PHP abbreviation was "Personal Home Page". PHP is necessary for the normal functioning of many popular frameworks and CMS, for example, for the well-known WordPress. Therefore, choosing the right hosting for a website with PHP is crucial to ensure optimal performance. In our detailed article, we will discuss how to make this choice.

How to choose hosting for a website with PHP

If you are using shared hosting, most likely you will only have access to a choice of version, perhaps not even the latest, and the subtleties of PHP management will be hidden. If your project involves deep customization of RNG, choice of RNG version or mode of operation, you will be suitable for an advanced hosting option - VPS (Virtual Private Server).

Advantages of hosting a website with PHP from offers shared and dedicated servers, any of which are suitable for PHP web server deployment. All our customers have free access to the state-of-the-art FASTPANEL server control panel (for Linux servers), with which web server configuration and PHP management is a simple and straightforward process available to any user.

“I am very pleased to use the FASTPANEL panel. He has helped me a lot in terms of website organization.”

Goofy Keldysh

Managing PHP on hosting

The customization required to keep hosted sites up and running involves selecting several settings.

Choosing a PHP version

PHP has been around for 25 years. During this time, several generations of the language have been released, and many versions are currently in use at the same time. Branded control panel on hosting allows you to choose versions from 5.3 to the newest, 8.3. PHP version can be selected for each site individually.

Choosing the optimal PHP mode

In the site settings you will be able to select one of three PHP modes:

PHP as Apache module

This is probably the most common mode of PHP operation. It requires only an Apache web server built with mod_php support.


  • Fast execution of scripts, due to the fact that they are executed by the web server itself.

  • Ability to edit PHP directives using php_value and php_admin_value constructs.

  • Simplicity. No additional software is required. The web server itself handles script processing.


  • Increased load on the web server.

  • Only one version of PHP can be used for all resources.


FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is an alternative implementation of PHP FastCGI with a few additional features typically used for heavy-duty sites. It is used primarily in conjunction with NGINX and serves to eliminate the rather heavy Apache web server.


  • Improved performance and less resource consumption by eliminating the Apache web server.

  • Flexible pool customization for each user.


  • Due to the fact that Apache web server is missing, the rules from the .htaccess file are not processed. This often breaks the work of many CMS.

  • Unusualness of customization for the average user. A lot of parameters available for editing.


FastCGI interface is a client-server protocol for interaction between a web server and an application, a further development of CGI technology. Compared to CGI it is more productive and secure. This mode requires mod_fcgid. This mode of PHP is used on our VPS servers where FASTPANEL is installed.


  • Ability to use a separate php.ini configuration file for each user.

  • Ability to use different versions of PHP for each user.

  • Improved performance compared to CGI, due to the fact that the fast_cgi.. process is running all the time and does not need to spend time to start it.

  • High speed of script processing.

  • Can be run from a user you are comfortable with.


  • Does not support Apache mpm_itk module

  • No ability to edit PHP parameters in .htaccess mode

  • Higher resource consumption than in case of mod_php, due to unnecessary processes and resource consumption for interpreter request transmission.

  • At least one interpreter process is started for each site, which takes memory while waiting for a connection. This can be a problem on a server with little RAM and a large number of sites with low activity.

Each of these modes has its own advantages and disadvantages. You can read more about the characteristics of the modes in the FASTPANEL Control Panel Wiki.

Choosing hosting for PHP website from

  • Our servers are located in European and American data centers of TIER 3 level - the best web-hosting conditions worldwide.

  • All servers come with root access: get full control and customize hosting according to your tasks.

  • VPS rates include automatic data backup.

  • Each client is provided with FASTPANEL control panel free of charge.

  • Another advantage of is 24/7 support. Our technical support specialists are competent and attentive professionals who will help with server configuration selection, setup, resolution of any issues, data migration and help to solve any operational issues.