How use PHP sessions in cPanel Print

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PHP sessions allow you to store user information on the server for later use, offering a secure and convenient way to manage state between page requests. Below, we'll walk you through the process of setting up PHP sessions in a cPanel environment.


  • Access to your cPanel account
  • Familiarity with PHP and File Management

Steps to Follow

1. Log into cPanel

Log in to your cPanel account, and search for the File Manager under the Files section.

2. Navigate to the Session Directory

Go to the directory where you'd like to store your session files. Usually, it's a good idea to store them in a subdirectory under your website's document root like /public_html/sessions.

3. Check Directory Permissions

Make sure that the directory has appropriate write permissions for the user group PHP runs under. This ensures that PHP can create and manage session files within this directory.

chmod 755 /path/to/sessions

4. Create the PHP File

Create a new PHP file (session.php, for example) in this directory and paste the following code:

$_SESSION['test'] = 'Hello World';
echo $_SESSION['test'];

Replace /path/to/sessions with the absolute path to your sessions directory.

5. Test the Session

Save the file and navigate to it using your web browser. You should see the output "Hello World".

6. Customize PHP Session Settings (Optional)

For advanced users, you can adjust session parameters like timeout, cookie settings, etc., by modifying the php.ini file. You can access this file through the Select PHP Version option in cPanel.

session.gc_maxlifetime = 1440
session.cookie_secure = On


You've now set up and tested PHP sessions in your cPanel account. It's crucial to manage directory permissions carefully to ensure the secure handling of session data.

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