Ok, I'm totally frustrated with my Dreamhost + PHP experience thus far.
I set to use Apache rather than CGI because I want custom 404 messages as well as be able to use things like php_value auto_prepend_file in htaccess. Is there a place where I can learn more about the security implications of this?
Also, perhaps related to my config choice, I keep running into things I can't do, like Exec.
Then there are functions that are supposed to work like exif_read_data and str_split which say they are not defined.
Am I missing something completely obvious? Are these all because I wanted to use PHP as an Apache module? Do I need to compile my own PHP? (If I do that, will I lose my ability to use htaccess?)
Utterly frustrated, PHP novice, so I'd appreciate any help, even RTFM with pointers as to where I'm supposed to read up.