Enabling Short Tags in PHP

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enabling php short tag tutorial

In this tutorial we look at how you enable short tags in PHP. Short Tags or short_open_tag as it is know in PHP.ini allows you the option to use short style opening tags for PHP code blocks e.g. <? instead of <?php.

To enable this feature on your server open PHP.ini file (this should be somewhere in your PHP install folder e.g.  /bin/php/phpx.x.x/php.ini) and change the short_open_tag setting to:

short_open_tag=On

Please note, it is not generally advised to use Short Tags as this can lead to future problems when migrating to server that doesnt have short_open_tag enabled. Personally I dont like this feature, it seems good at the time but trust me, there’ll be a time where it comes back to haunt you.


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