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    Run PHP inside .HTML files via web.config on Windows Shared Hosting

    I have seen the following suggested for web.config but when I try it it crashes the whole website,

    I think it fails because it does not find php-cgi.exe at that location.

    <handlers accessPolicy="Read, Script">
             <add name="PHP via FastCGI" path="*.php" verb="*" modules="FastCgiModule" scriptProcessor="C:\PHP\php-cgi.exe" resourceType="Unspecified" requireAccess="Script" />

    I need to execute some PHP in order to update some <meta .... > tags based parameters on the URL submitted.  eg. http://example.com/?v=abcdef


    More likely, I will have embedded php only inside index.html or at most the root  *.html files.


    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    In the meantime, I going to hunt down how to process URL parameters from PHP.

    Thank you.

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    Community Manager

    Hi @Raweew. Thanks for being part of GoDaddy Community! I'm not sure if what you're trying to do is possible, but I can help you get the correct path to php-cgi.exe. It depends on the type of hosting you have:

    • Classic/Web Hosting: C:\php5\php-cgi.exe
    • Plesk: C:\Program Files (x86)\Parallels\Plesk\Additional\PleskPHP54\php-cgi.exe

    Hope that helps!


    JesseW - GoDaddy | Community Manager | 24/7 support available at x.co/247support | Remember to choose a solution and give kudos.

    Both paths you provided fail with the following errors:  

    HTTP Error 500.0 - Internal Server Error

    <handler> scriptProcessor could not be found in <fastCGI> application configuration


    Requested URL:   http://mumti.org:80/mumti/date_php.html  

    Physical Path file:///D:/Hosting/2584489/html/mumti/date_php.html  

    Error Code 0x80070585


    Can you please confirm the following is the correct entry in web.config to allow php to run inside .html files


             <handlers accessPolicy="Read, Script">
             <add name="PHP via FastCGI" path="*.html" verb="*" modules="FastCgiModule" 
    		 scriptProcessor="C:\Program Files (x86)\Parallels\Plesk\Additional\PleskPHP54\php-cgi.exe" 
    		 resourceType="Unspecified" requireAccess="Script" />


    The "Hosting Details" page shows the following:

    IIS version 7.0 and PHP 5.3


    FYI, php runs from files with extension .php


    NOTE: if you know a different trick in web.config, whereby the requested index.html causes a matching index.php to execute and then index.php in turns returns index.html to the requestor.  That will do as well.


    Thank you.

    I have talked with support but all they can say is that php is correctly configured.  And enabling PHP inside .HTML falls into the hand of the CUSTOMERS 😞

    Please could you provide the full entry that you suggest your customers to use in order to support PHP inside .HTML files.   I believe this should be enabled by default.  Thank you.