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This has happened to me twice with the same host and I want to know the real cause.

I have multiple wordpress sites hosted on a shared server. One day when I attempt to visit any of the sites, the webpage simply downloads the index.php file. It happens on all wordpress sites but not on static sites hosted there.

I understand this is a php issue on the server, but what could be happening specifically? the only thing I could find when searching is something to do with memory limits. Is this common? Should I be worried about this host?

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It's not a common issue on professional hosting and I think you've not to worry about it, at least if it doesn't come back again and again. Usually it is a configuration problem but, in this specific case, I assume it's temporary since the issue is occasional. It could be an Apache configuration update which was not perfect and so it generated the problem.

  • Thanks. I guess they have 2 strikes, hopefully it wont happen again.The main thing that bugs me is that unlike when a server is down, I can't set up any kind of alert to tell me when this happens. – Drai Nov 14 '11 at 20:33
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I believe you could script a curl command and parse it to see if it is bringing down the php source or the html output.

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