There will always be the scenarios where we need to set some special php settings for a particular domain or for a particular directory. This can be easily done in a Linux server, but with Windows it is always issues. But we can done this windows servers also and tell you what i have verified this by myself.


*Custom php,ini file only works with php handler as “cgi” and not with “fastcgi” nor with ISAPI extension. So you need to verify this before you proceed further.

Follow the below steps to set the correct php mode.

1. Log in to your Hosting Control Panel
2. Select your domain name
3. Under “Web Site” tab, click on “Web Hosting Settings”
4. Under “PHP Support”, select your desired “PHP Mode” settings(cgi mode)
5. Hit the “Ok” button to activate.


  • The default location of php.ini for PHP5 is the PleskPHP5 base directory %plesk_dir%AdditionalPleskPHP5 (Eg: c:Program FilesParallelsPleskAdditionalPleskPHP5). If you place an PHP info page, you can easily find out from where the current php settings is loaded.
  • The document root of the domain “” is “d:Inetpubvhostsmaindomain.comhttpdocs”. Please note that this may be different in your hosting environment.
  • The server I am working on is a x86 based server.
  • Plesk version is 10.3.1, but it should work with others also.

Turn off the register_globals

I will explain the procedures with an example to turn off the register globals . There are two ways to configure php values for a particular domain:-

1. By placing an customized php.ini page on the corresponding directory or in domain.
2. By creating a Windows registry value for the particular php settings.
Placing an customized php.ini page on the corresponding directory
You need to place the php.ini file in “” directory or if you want to apply the only to a addon domain or a directory, then use the directory “”.

Follow the below steps:-

1. Copy the PHP version 5 (php.ini-recommended or php.ini) ini file from the PHP location %plesk_dir%\AdditionalPleskPHP5 to the location “”
2. Rename the copied file to the exact name as ‘php-cgi-fcgi.ini‘. This is the most important step and won’t work otherwise.
3. You can make the changes needed to the above ini file, say set the “register_globals = Off”.
3. Create a php info page the corresponding directory and verify it is loading the correct “php.ini” (check the loaded configuration file section). Also verify whether the value you have changed is now updated under the ‘PHP info’ page.

This should do the work. If this method doesn’t work for you, here is the second method.

Creating a Windows registry value

Even though this is a simple procedure, i do not recommend anyone to edit the Windows Registry because if you screw up anything with Registry, you will also screwed up ūüôā

When running PHP on Windows, the configuration values can be modified on a per-directory basis using the Windows registry. The configuration values are stored in the registry key HKLMSOFTWAREPHP5Per Directory Values, in the sub-keys corresponding to the path names. For example, configuration values for the directory c:inetpubwwwroot would be stored in the key HKLMSOFTWAREPHP5Per Directory Valuescinetpubwwwroot. The settings for the directory would be active for any script running from this directory or any subdirectory of it. The values under the key should have the name of the PHP configuration directive and the string value.

Simply, you can only add individual php configuration value inside of php.ini through the registry, which means that you have to set up keys to the file path ( where the client’s hosting folder located ) and then add a string value, string name will be the php.ini configuration name and value will be how you want it to be.¬†So for setting register_globals to off for the, you have to setup keys to the path “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > PHP > Per Directory Values > C > Inetpub > vhosts > > httpdocs” and then add a string value, string name will be “register_globals” and value will be 0 to put register_globals= off.

For 32 bit Windows registry path is ,  HKLMSOFTWAREPHP5Per Directory Values
For x64 based Windows registry path is,  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWow6432NodePHP5Per Directory Values