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  • EOL for PHP 5.3.x announced

    Dear customers,

    Please be advised PHP 5.3 has now reached EOL (End of Life), with the PHP Development Team providing the final security update for PHP 5.3.x on the 14 August 2014 (PHP 5.3.29). All PHP users currently using PHP 5.3.x are encouraged to upgrade to PHP 5.4.x or PHP 5.5.x as soon as possible, with PHP 5.4.x being supported until 1 March 2015 and PHP 5.5.x being supported until 20 June 2016.

    If you have a virtual private, cloud or dedicated server with us and you would like assistance upgrading to a newer version of PHP, please do not hesitate to submit a ticket and one of our technicians will be happy to help you.

    Kind Regards,

    The eUKhost Team

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    Re: EOL for PHP 5.3.x announced

    IMO, it would be a wise step to upgrade from 5.3 to 5.5, as support for 5.4 will be EOL after just 8 months. Btw, PHP 5.6 which is in beta stage will be available soon and some people already suggesting that it would a favorite version for hosting companies to provide shared hosting, as three people, one developer and 2 internals run their own hosting business. Anyway, there is also a lot of talk about PHP 6; some suggest it is in internal development.

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    • #3
      Re: EOL for PHP 5.3.x announced

      Originally posted by Irene9001 View Post
      IMO, it would be a wise step to upgrade from 5.3 to 5.5, as support for 5.4 will be EOL after just 8 months.
      I agree with Irene about going with PHP 5.5 instead 5.4 as it will have EOL soon and also another reason is that 5.5 is already moved to the stabled release. We have majority of the servers having cPanel control panel installed and doing upgrade from easyapache installer shouldn't cause much hassle here.

      As per the following article, there isn't major compatibility difference in the new release and hence should not impact bunch of code.

      Most improvements in PHP 5.5.x have no impact on existing code. There are a few incompatibilities and new features that should be considered, and code should be tested before switching PHP versions in production environments.
      For further information regarding upgrade from PHP 5.3 to 5.4/5.5, relevant document/reference links are available on the same page.

      PHP: What has changed in PHP 5.5.x - Manual

      We will recommend users to get the PHP version upgraded to the latest and stable release to avoid software bugs and security issues with your scripts and also explore new features with the performance increase.
      Regards,
      Kieran A.
      Cloud Administrator
      Skype :: Kieran.Alen | eUKhost

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      • #4
        Re: EOL for PHP 5.3.x announced

        Obviously, upgrading PHP version is not as easy as WordPress update fortunately all the reputable scripts along with their Addons, Modules, Themes, Plugins, etc… updated their code a long time ago to stay compatible with 5.4 and 5.5.

        So those using up to date scripts and knows the importance of the latest update will not face that much issues while updating their applications according to the 5.4 and 5.5.

        But there are people out there who are still using PHP 5.2 or older versions because of some of their customized scripts so I guess transition to the latest release would be a little bit harder work for them.

        Btw, I think we should repeat this thread every year when each new PHP version comes to its E0L, 5 new versions within 5 years.

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        • #5
          Re: EOL for PHP 5.3.x announced

          Originally posted by Irene9001 View Post
          fortunately all the reputable scripts along with their Addons, Modules, Themes, Plugins, etc… updated their code a long time ago to stay compatible with 5.4 and 5.5.

          So those using up to date scripts and knows the importance of the latest update will not face that much issues while updating their applications according to the 5.4 and 5.5.
          Right. Well known open source CMS apps as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and others have already created their release to be compatible with the PHP version 5.3 and later, so upgrading the PHP version to the latest and stable release wont create any issue for the websites which are developed with the same platform.
          Regards,
          Kieran A.
          Cloud Administrator
          Skype :: Kieran.Alen | eUKhost

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          • #6
            Re: EOL for PHP 5.3.x announced

            Here is a new update; 5.6.0RC4 is available now, but development team of PHP 5.6.0 specifically mentioned that this version is bug-fix only release so PHP users should carefully test this version. PHP users can report any bugs in this version here: bug tracking system.

            Note: Do not use this version in production as it’s in development preview stage.

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