suPHP is a tool that helps php scripts better handle file ownership and file permission settings. If you've ever worked with Joomla or php programs in the past in which you had problems uploading files or managing those files after they've been uploaded, a suPHP server will resolve a lot of those issues. suPHP is also more secure as it doesn't require folder permissions to be set to 777 before php scripts can write to them.

If you're looking for Joomla 2.5 hosting, we recommend finding a host that offers suPHP. We've been running suPHP for a few years now at InMotion Hosting, and from the point of a techincal support representative, I can personally tell you that fewer customers need to call in with permission / ownership setting issues because suPHP helps to elimate them!

In this article, we would like to show you how you can find out if your Joomla 2.5 hosting server is running suPHP.

To find out if your Joomla 2.5 server is running suPHP:

  1. Log into your Joomla 2.5 admin
  2. In the top Joomla menu, hover over Site and then click System Information
  3. Ensure that you are on the PHP Information tab by clicking PHP Information
  4. In the list of PHP settings shown, find the Server API:
    joomla-server-api

    If your Server API is set to CGI, then you're Joomla 2.5 server is running suPHP.

    You now know how to find out which Server API your Joomla 2.5 server is running, which will tell you if your server is running suPHP or not. Have any further suPHP questions? Feel free to post a question in the comments at the bottom of this page!
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