Usually I have direct access (shell) in all the servers that host my Zend Framework applications, but, some clients already have a shared host, so I have to deploy the application there too.
I was thinking how can I never thought this before! There are a lot of ways to deploy a Zend Framework application, but in a shared host we can’t have access to create Virtual Hosts on Apache.
On a shared host you have your own folder, which you can upload your PHP files. That’s my client’s folder structure:
Take a look on the public_html folder. It’s the folder where usually we upload our PHP files. Some hosts call it htdocs too.
Zend Framework’s structure
Basically, the default ZF’s structure has 5 folders: application, docs, library, public and tests.
Let’s create another folder and let’s call it php_apps. Inside it let’s create another folder, to host our application files (app1 folder). That folder will receive all the ZF’s folders (except public folder, of course).
So let’s put our application, docs, library and tests folder inside it.
New, all we need is tell the index.php to access the new folder. Let’s edit it (line 4):
<?php // Define path to application directory defined('APPLICATION_PATH') || define('APPLICATION_PATH', realpath(dirname(__FILE__) . '/../php_apps/app1/application')); // Define application environment defined('APPLICATION_ENV') || define('APPLICATION_ENV', (getenv('APPLICATION_ENV') ? getenv('APPLICATION_ENV') : 'production')); // Ensure library is on include_path set_include_path(implode(PATH_SEPARATOR, array( realpath(APPLICATION_PATH . '/../library'), get_include_path(), ))); /** Zend_Application */ require_once 'Zend/Application.php'; // Create application, bootstrap, and run $application = new Zend_Application( APPLICATION_ENV, APPLICATION_PATH . '/configs/application.ini' ); $application->bootstrap()->run();
Now, accessing your public_html folder (or http://www.domain.com) we’ll call the index.php file, that calls our application folder (inside php_apps/app1).
To work with images, css, etc, in your view files, is exactly the same:
<?php echo $this->baseUrl('/img/my_image.gif'); ?>
That’s all! Thanks!