PHP 5.2.17 available

In an earlier post, we described how we’re phasing out PHP 5.2.6 in favor of the newer PHP 5.3 series.

Our original intention was to remove the long-obsolete 5.2 series entirely. However, a small number of customers have told us they’re unable to update their scripts to work with PHP 5.3, usually because the script is more than five years old and no newer version is available.

To help these customers, we’re making an extra version of PHP available: version 5.2.17. That’s still an outdated version, but for technical reasons we’re able to support it for a while longer than PHP 5.2.6, giving customers at least six extra months — perhaps even longer — before PHP 5.3 is the oldest version available on our servers.

We still recommend that all customers use the PHP 5.3 series. However, if you’re unable to do that, you can now use our “My Account” control panel to choose PHP 5.2.17 instead:

  1. Login to the “My Account” control panel.
  2. Click PHP Settings.
  3. Choose the Use PHP 5.2.17 option.
  4. Click Save Settings.

Our previously announced schedule to remove PHP 5.2.6 still applies, except that PHP 5.2.6 customers will be switched to version 5.2.17 (instead of all the way to the 5.3 series) if they don’t upgrade to 5.3 themselves.