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Hey everyone,

I'm having some trouble with PHP SESSION variables not working on 000webhost.com. I've been trying to implement authentication on my website, but it seems like the SESSION variables are not being stored or retrieved properly.

I have a login form where users enter their credentials, and upon successful authentication, I'm setting a SESSION variable to keep them logged in. However, when I navigate to another page, the SESSION variable seems to be lost and the user is redirected back to the login page.

I've checked my code multiple times and it seems to be fine. I've also tested it on my local development environment, and it works perfectly there. So, I'm not sure what could be causing this issue on 000webhost.com.

I've searched online for solutions but haven't found any that specifically address this problem on 000webhost.com. I wonder if there is something specific to their hosting environment that I need to consider when working with SESSION variables.

Has anyone else faced a similar issue on 000webhost.com or any other hosting platform? If so, I would greatly appreciate any guidance or suggestions on how to resolve this problem. It's quite frustrating, and I really need to get the authentication working properly.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hey everyone,

I've also encountered a similar problem with SESSION variables not working on 000webhost.com, and I wanted to share my experience in resolving it.

In my case, the issue was related to a misconfiguration in the PHP settings of my account on 000webhost. By default, 000webhost.com uses different PHP settings for the CLI (Command Line Interface) and for the web server. This can cause conflicts with SESSION variables.

To overcome this, I followed these steps:

1. Access the control panel of 000webhost.com and navigate to the PHP settings section.
2. Locate the "Switch PHP version" option and make sure both the CLI and the web server versions are set to the same PHP version. This ensures consistency in the configurations.
3. Save the changes and restart the web server.

After performing these steps, my SESSION variables started working flawlessly. It seems that the mismatched PHP versions were causing conflicts in handling the sessions.

Give this solution a try and see if it resolves your issue as well. Remember to double-check your PHP version settings and ensure they are consistent for both the CLI and web server.

If this doesn't solve the problem, you may want to contact the support team of 000webhost.com. They can provide specific guidance or investigate any server-related issues that could be affecting the functionality of your SESSION variables.

I hope this helps, and let me know if you have any further questions or feedback. Best of luck in getting your authentication system up and running smoothly!


Hey there,

I've faced a similar issue with SESSION variables not working on 000webhost.com, and I understand how frustrating it can be. After spending quite some time troubleshooting, I found a solution that might help you as well.

Firstly, make sure that you have started the session at the beginning of each PHP page where you are using SESSION variables. You can do this by including the `session_start()` function at the top of your PHP files.

If you are already doing that and still experiencing issues, it could be related to the server configuration. In my case, I discovered that the PHP configuration on 000webhost.com had a different session save path. This caused the SESSION variables to not be stored properly.

To tackle this, I had to explicitly set the session save path using the `session_save_path()` function before starting the session. I set it to a writable directory on the server, for example:


Make sure to replace `/home/user/sessions` with an appropriate and writable directory path on your 000webhost account.

Additionally, since 000webhost.com is a shared hosting platform, there might be limitations on the amount of server resources allocated to your account. If you are trying to store large SESSION variables, it is possible that they are exceeding the allowed limits. In such cases, you may need to optimize your code or consider alternative approaches.

Hopefully, these steps will help you resolve the issue. Remember to test your authentication system thoroughly after making any changes. Good luck, and let me know if you have any further questions!

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