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How to enable short open tags in PHP

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Enabling short open tags gives you access to opening your PHP script with "" as a replacement for "". These are very handy if you are used mixed HTML and PHP.

1

If you are not already logged into your machine, log in (ssh if necessary) and open /etc/php.ini. If you're familiar with vi: vi /etc/php.ini otherwise you can use nano /etc/php.ini

2

You should find a line that says short_open_tag = Off change this to: short_open_tag = On If the line doesn't exist just add it.

3

Depending on your machine restart apache. On Centos you can run: /etc/init.d/httpd restart On Ubuntu, /etc/init.d/apache2 restart After restarting apache you should be able to use short tags.