I am using file_get_contents on my PHP and it throws some errors:
#try to fetch from remote
$this->remotePath = "http://some-hostname.com/blah/blah.xml
$fileIn = @file_get_contents($this->remotePath);
Warning: file_get_contents() [function.file-get-contents]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /virtual/path/to/file/outputFile.php on line 127
Warning: file_get_contents(https://some-host-name/data/inputFile.xml) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /virtual/path/to/file/outputFile.php on line 127
Your server must have the
allow_url_fopen property set to true. Being on a free webhost explains it, as it's usually disabled to prevent abuse. If you paid for your hosting, get in contact with your host so they can enable it for you.
If changing that setting is not an option, then have a look at the cURL library.