How To Run Basic Shell Commands From PHP

Today I will be showing you how to run basic shell commands from a PHP script. While you can’t interact with these commands (for example top will not output or update, you can still use them to somewhat interact with your web server. Note that most shared web hosting providers block these functions in their php.ini settings for security reasons. After showing how this works, I will also show you how to block these functions on your own web server.