Actually, PHP includes are permitted, and are often used by scripts to share common code between application components. Allow_url_fopen being disabled, for security reasons, is what prevents you from "including" a remote file via http, but you can use includes as long as you load them from your server using a path, etc (see the wiki).Not meaning to "nit-pick" here (and I do think you describe what the original poster needs), but I wouldn't want him/her to go about thinking that includes are not permitted
You are completely correct that without seeing the code or the error message we can't be sure what is happening. That said, I also think the solution you indicated is most likely what is needed. - his circumstances seem to call for the use of curl to retreive the foreign site's data.