Thursday, June 5, 2008

PHP/Apache upgrade complete!

And it's lookin' good! *exhales*

We are now running PHP version 5.2.6 as the default, with PHP v4.4.8 available if necessary, and Apache version 2.2.

The change from PHP version 4 to 5 is a big one, which is why so many web hosts have been resistant to it. If you have an application that is not PHP5 compliant, simply change the file's extension to .php4 and it will continue to function. This should be used as a temporary measure until you find a suitable replacement or the developer provides PHP5 support.

The projects I've seen where the developers were not able to make changes necessary to be PHP5 compatible often die out and are abandoned. There is a strong movement to leave behind and scripts and applications that are not PHP5 compatible. Also please be aware that PHP4's end of life date is Aug. 8, 2008, and we will be dropping it by then, switching solely to PHP5. For more information on the conversion to PHP5 in general (and reasons why it's necessary) see the Go PHP5 website.

We have also made some significant security changes to the PHP configuration as well as various performance enhancements which should speed up the execution/loading of PHP scripts and pages.