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|9. Advanced Features|
|Netfirms hosting platform is powered by the most advanced clustered server architecture that the industry has to offer. This means plenty of leading edge features are included standard with your web hosting plan.|
|9.1 Scripting Languages (PHP, Perl, Ruby, Python)|
|Today many web developers prefer to use a more robust scripting language such as PHP over standard HTML. Advanced scripting language give you the ability to make your website truly dynamic.|
|PHP 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0 and 7.1|
|Netfirms supports both 5.x and 7.x versions of PHP. You can set the PHP version you wish to use from Site Tools menu tab.|
- Click the Site Tools menu tab.
- Click the PHP icon.
- Select the version you wish to use from the dropdown menu and click Modify. PHP 5.x is the standard version that most script work with, and is set by default.
- Only files with a .php extension (e.g., index.php, aboutus.php) will be processed for PHP.
|Netfirms supports Perl scripts through the cgi-bin folder on your website. Files placed in this folder are accessible with a web browser by typing: http://www.yourname.com/cgi-bin/filename.cgi|
|Ruby on Rails|
|Netfirms supports Ruby and the Ruby on Rails development framework. Ruby on Rails requires SSH access be enabled on your account. Refer to section 4.4 for more information on enabling SSH.|
|Netfirms supports Python scripting through the CGI-BIN folder. Files should have a .py extension and be set with 755 permissions.|