About owning the WordPress install and using 1and1 hosting services. I am preparing to change the look and feel of this blog, and have a shadow blog. This is installed using ftp of a wordpress distribution. My hosting povider is 1&1 which has
a FAQ on how to in install a private copy of wordpress into one of their hosting accounts. I was having some problems getting the shadow blog to use the self updating tools; I was trying to install WPtouch, a theme that optimises the look and fell for small screen devices, and the wordpress administration page/frame would go blank, or take the background display colour .
It seems that wordpress needs to access PHP5 for these functions to work properly, while the 1and1 default is PHP4. I spoke to 1&1 to work out how to do invoke PHP5. I have inserted
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
into a fresh new .htaccess file.
The updates and add new theme dialogues now work.