Please be aware that  over the coming weeks, along with our MySQL 5.7 updates we are changing the default version of PHP on all our servers to 7.2. Currently, the default PHP version is set to 5.6 which as many of you will know, is now end of life and unsupported by the developers.

How will this affect my website?

If you are running a PHP based website or application and you have kept it regularly updated to the latest version, you shouldn't expect to see any problems. However, if you are using old, outdated PHP scripts that require PHP version 5.6 to run, your website will most likely stop working unless you take action.

How can I avoid problems when the default version is changed?

You can explicitly set the version of PHP you want to use. We provide PHP versions from 5.2 to 7.3 and you can select the version yourself by using the Multi PHP Manager in your cpanel interface. If you set the version yourself, this will override any changes to the default system version. If you don't set the version yourself, it will always inherit the default version set by us.

Important note:

It is vitally important that you keep your PHP applications updated at all times. We provide older versions of PHP for your use, but you must be aware that these are unsupported and in many cases contain bugs and security issues that will no longer be patched by the developers, so if you choose to use versions of  PHP 5.2 to 7.1 we cannot guarantee that your scripts will work, nor can we provide support for them. This is especially important as MySQL is being updated to 5.7 which in many cases will not work with PHP sites designed in version 5.2.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact support.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019