This is the first in a series of how to’s regarding Rackspace Cloud Sites hosting. When I recently moved my sites over here I ran into a few problems with configuration differences and settings from my old host and in this series I will be exampling why they are in place and how to get around them.

I recently set up a new WordPress powered site on the Rackspace Cloud, I uploaded the 3.0 files I already had and planned on using the auto update capabilities of WordPress to get the latest version. However on Rackspace Cloud Sites the memory allocated to PHP is the default 8MB that PHP sets itself up with and WordPress need at least 128MB of RAM to update itself.

The solution is to add a line to the .htaccess file the site uses. Under the WordPress section of the .htaccess I added:

php_value memory_limit 128M

You could also place this in the route of your account to affect all your sites but I do this on a site by site bases as I have also increased the upload limit and I don’t want the higher limit on every site.