removing the rewritebase line didn't make any difference. It's nice to know that their version of apache is only 5 years old -they're running Apache/1.3.19. I wonder, is there even php support for this version? That could explain why it dosn't parse php pages.
I'm doing this site as a favor for a church. It's disspointing to me, but there's no way they'll put any money into it. they're getting this deal with a local company - hosting is free. from their site, you can see the 'server status' which looks like they host my site, their own, and one other. I suppose you get what you pay for. It's free and they're getting "site storage" an E-mail address, and nothing else. no databases, no php, nada.
The other strange thing they do is only allow FTP access to their server from local IPs. They're in a rural part of Wyoming and if I want FTP access from here in Chicago I have to call them up and ask them to allow my IP access. Then if my DSL modem resets, I loose power, or whatever I have to call them up again with my new IP. What a pain in the arse.
I'll see about asking them to get their system to accecpt non-www, but i'm figuring they'll say no. I'm tempted to bring them into my hosting account as a freebe, the site is so small... Oh well
Thanks for all your help.