Minimum Basic Requirements
- Your own domain name (example.com)
- Your own web hosting account
Minimum Web Hosting Requirements
- PHP version 5+
- MySQL 5+
- PDO for MySQL
- JSON support
- MBSTRING support
- FOPEN/CURL support
- MCRYPT support
- Ability to run CRON JOBS (scheduled jobs – very useful for sending out autoresponder & broadcast emails, managing the affiliate program and processing affiliate commissions)
- Some flavor of Unix server operating system (eg., Linux)
- Apache web server
- Support for PHP Sessions
Just copy/paste the above list, or the link to this page, which is…
…into a support ticket with your web host, and ask them to confirm if they support all of the above.
Please note that as a DAP user, you don’t have to know what any of this means. These are commonly available on almost all decent web hosts.
Also, if your current host does not have any of these features, we’ve seen that most web hosts enable these for your web site by request, at no additional cost.
So please check with your web host. If they can’t help, then here are a couple of recommended, DAP-Certified web hosts.
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
DAP does not work on WordPress.com. You must install WordPress (downloaded from WordPress.org) on your own domain on your own web hosting account. Most web hosts have a 1-click option in their control panel (or cPanel) to install WordPress on your site. That’s the one DAP will work with. The web site that you get for free at WordPress.com, will not allow installation of 3rd party plugins like DAP. So you must have your own hosting account at a web host like liquid web. See our recommendations for web hosts.
Windows vs. Linux
DAP works right out of the box, flawlessly, on all flavors of Unix/Linux. But when it comes to Windows servers, while DAP has been found to work on some installations, it all depends on the kind of Windows setup. We have spent way too much time troubleshooting Windows installations, so we do not recommend Windows-based servers. If you must use DAP on a Windows-based server, unfortunately, you’re on your own. We’re unable to support such installations.