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Deploying a Symfony Project on GoDaddy Shared Hosting

Posted by gfaraj on April 25, 2008

Recently, I had the task of deploying my Symfony project on my GoDaddy shared Linux hosting. I ran into some problems, and I thought I would share in hope of helping any other poor soul who might run into the same problems.

First of all, you should follow the steps here. It does not require you to freeze the project to deploy it. I find that useful for projects that are not yet stable and need to deploy a “beta” version. Also, make sure you have PHP 5 as the default in your GoDaddy Hosting settings.

Next, you need to modify the .htaccess file. Go ahead and uncomment the RewriteBase line in the default symfony .htaccess file:

  # uncomment the following line, if you are having trouble
  # getting no_script_name to work
  RewriteBase /

This should prevent ‘www.myhost.com/mymodule’ from getting a 404 error from GoDaddy. Now, at least you might get forwarded to your 404 module/action. This is, at least, some proof that you’re moving forward. If you turn on logging (logging is turned off for production configurations by default), you might see the following:

  1	Info Context	initialization
  2	Info Controller	initialization
  3	Info Routing	match route [default_index] "/:module"
  4	Info Request	request parameters array ( 'module' => 'index.php', 'action' => 'index',)
  5	Info Controller	dispatch request
  6	Info Controller	action "indexphp/index" does not exist

As you can see, the module/action resolution is very wrong. This, of course, results in Symfony forwarding to your 404 module/action. Well, it turns out that adding one line to your php5.ini fixes this.

  cgi.fix_pathinfo = 1

This worked nicely for me, and I hope it works for you. I’m posting my full php5.ini and .htaccess files for completeness.

It has come to my attention that some people are still having problems after making the changes described here. You might want to try one more change. In your application’s config/settings.yml file, set the following setting:

     path_info_key: REDIRECT_URL


register_globals = off
allow_url_fopen = off

expose_php = Off
max_input_time = 60
variables_order = "EGPCS"
extension_dir = ./
upload_tmp_dir = /tmp
precision = 12
SMTP = relay-hosting.secureserver.net
url_rewriter.tags = "a=href,area=href,frame=src,input=src,form=,fieldset="
memory_limit = 20000000
session.gc_maxlifetime = 72000

#log_errors = On
#error_log = php_error.log
#display_errors = On
#error_reporting  =  E_ALL

magic_quotes_gpc = false
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 1



Options +FollowSymLinks +ExecCGI

  RewriteEngine On

  # uncomment the following line, if you are having trouble
  # getting no_script_name to work
  RewriteBase /

  # we skip all files with .something
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} \..+$
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.html$
  RewriteRule .* - [L]

  # we check if the .html version is here (caching)
  RewriteRule ^$ index.html [QSA]
  RewriteRule ^([^.]+)$ $1.html [QSA]
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f

  # no, so we redirect to our front web controller
  RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [QSA,L]

# big crash from our front web controller
ErrorDocument 500 "<h2>Application error</h2>symfony application failed to start properly"

105 Responses to “Deploying a Symfony Project on GoDaddy Shared Hosting”

  1. Michal Thomka said

    Thank you very much for this helpful post!

    Spent couple of hours trying to figure this out, it was already giving me quite a headache 😉

    All the best

  2. gfaraj said

    Glad it helped you 🙂

  3. My top level directory on GoDaddy is my public html directory – this poses a security risk if all of my files are public.
    Is there a way to configure this on GoDaddy (economy plan), or set up .htaccess to prevent these files from being accessed?

  4. gfaraj said

    Unfortunately, GoDaddy has that retarded flaw. I have no idea if they have an option to change it. You could probably write a .htaccess rewrite rule to protect the files from being accessed though.

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    Thank you !

    Important: in sf1.2 “path_info_key: REDIRECT_URL” is in the factories.yml file not in the settings.yml

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  9. sapumal said

    Thank you very much. I had the exact problem and this method worked for me.

  10. Jen said

    The Symfony site mentions how shared hosting can be “unsafe”… is GoDaddy affected by the things they mention or can I use Symfony and not worry? I have GoDaddy shared as well and I’m able to navigate all over the place in SSH. I can see other user’s account names (but not their files)… I don’t really know enough about security to know if that means I’m vulnerable. Any help would be appreciated. 🙂

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    Where to put php.ini in godaddy server. I have set,

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  17. Momo said

    Thanks! This helped a lot, and in the spirit of having this documented, I’d like to add that firstly, I had to make a php5.ini file since the default one was php.ini. If you are using php5 you must create this file. Also to have changes take affect, you have to launch your godaddy control panel, and go to content > processes and click End Web. Documented here

  18. Finally it’s working.

    I did tried everything and still it was not working. I did read this page 100 times but still it was not working. Luckily I read Momo’s comment and after that I just did what godaddy told us to do and now it’s working fine. Thanks to everybody and special thanks to Momo.

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