PHP 5.5 becomes the standard version for our Linux hosting

php-logoGood news: PHP 5.5 has recently become the standard version of PHP for all our Linux hosting packages. This latest version of PHP was launched in 2013 and is much more stable than all prior versions. We are therefore happy to offer this new version by default for all websites and subsites that will be built from now on.

What should I do to use PHP 5.5?

You can switch to PHP 5.5 in real-time via My Combell. By the way, you can select this separately for each subsite. Attention: you may have to change some of your PHP scripts if you use obsolete code. On the PHP.net website (http://be.php.net/manual/en/appendices.php), you will find detailed information about migrating from PHP 5.x to PHP 5.5 and from other versions. Make sure you discuss this with your web developer before making any changes. We advise you to create a temporary subsite using PHP 5.5 with a copy of your website that will allow you to perform the necessary tests.

PHP 5.5 will no longer support the following features: Magic quotes, register_globals, register_long_arrays and ‘call-time passing by reference’.

What if my application is not compatible with PHP 5.5?

Don’t worry! The previous PHP versions remain active. If a pack doesn’t work with version 5.5, just downgrade to version 5.4 or 5.3. Versions 5.2 and 4.4 are still available, but they are not recommended and will most probably no longer be offered in the future since they pose a security threat. Please contact our support team for further advice.