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Upgrade to PHP 5.5 (native)

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With the PHP 5.4 branch nearing the end of its support time-frame on 14 September 2015, we will be upgrading all servers that are still running PHP 5.4 to PHP 5.5.

The upgrade to PHP 5.5 is scheduled to take place on 01 September 2015. A future upgrade to PHP 5.6 will presumably follow next year in June 2016.

How does this affect your website and scripts? If you have a rather old website and your scripts aren’t up-to-date, this might cause compatibility issues, where PHP errors and warnings would occur.

Should you still require PHP 5.4 until you upgrade your scripts and website, you can enable it under cPanel » Select PHP Version, but please note that we will disable PHP 5.4 completely on 14 October 2015, or as soon as a security vulnerability is discovered; whichever comes first.

How should you prepare for the upgrade? You should make sure that all your scripts are upgraded to the latest version available and are compatible with PHP 5.5. Not only is this required to assure compatibility with the latest PHP standards, it’s also very important and essential in order to close any possible security vulnerabilities.

Many popular scripts (WordPress, Joomla, Magento, etc.) can be easily updated using Softaculous, our free script auto-installer, which you can find inside cPanel under the Software/Services group. To import an existing installation, please follow this guide and then upgrade it by following this guide.

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