PHP versions 7.3.26, 7.4.14 and 8.0.1

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.3.26, 7.4.14 and 8.0.1 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.3, 7.4 and 8.0 series on our servers as a result.

Note that we still don’t recommend using the PHP 8.0 series in production, as it still has numerous compatibility issues with third-party software. PHP 8 is suitable only for testing and experimenting right now. Most customers should use PHP 7.4 instead.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

PHP 8.0.0 experimentally available

The PHP developers have released a major update to PHP, version 8.0. We’ve installed it on our servers for customers who want to test it.

It’s so new that many scripts are still incompatible with it, including all versions of WordPress before the recent WordPress 5.6, so most people should not use it yet. In addition, it does not yet support the ImageMagick extension (but the more standard GD works fine), nor does it yet support ionCube Loader.

If you want to try it anyway:

  1. Login to our My Account control panel
  2. Click PHP Settings
  3. Choose PHP 8.0 series and click Save Settings.

Keep in mind that we consider PHP 8 to be only experimental for now; if you have any trouble at all, we recommend you simply switch back to PHP 7.4 in our control panel.

PHP versions 7.3.25 and 7.4.13

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.3.25 and 7.4.13 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.3 and 7.4 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

(By the way, if you’re wondering about support for the brand new PHP 8.0: that isn’t yet available because many things are still incompatible with it, but we do plan to support it in the future.)

PHP versions 7.3.24 and 7.4.12

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.3.24 and 7.4.12 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.3 and 7.4 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

PHP versions 7.2.34, 7.3.23, and 7.4.11

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.2.34, 7.3.23 and 7.4.11 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

PHP versions 7.3.22 and 7.4.10

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.3.22 and 7.4.10 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

PHP versions 7.2.33, 7.3.21, and 7.4.9

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.2.33, 7.3.21 and 7.4.9 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

PHP versions 7.2.32, 7.3.20, and 7.4.8

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.2.32, 7.3.20 and 7.4.8 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

PHP versions 7.3.19 and 7.4.7

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.3.19 and 7.4.7 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.3 and 7.4 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

MariaDB (MySQL) database server update from 10.1 to 10.3

Update 9:16 PM June 27: the maintenance described below has been completed on all servers, so all servers are now running the MariaDB 10.3 series.

Over the next three weeks, we’ll be updating the MariaDB (MySQL) database server software on all our servers from the MariaDB 10.1 series to the MariaDB 10.3 series (equivalent to the Oracle MySQL 5.7 series).

The MariaDB/MySQL database software is what stores pages for WordPress and other sites that are run by scripts. Customers should not notice any difference after this change; we’re upgrading it to a more recent version simply to make sure it’s as fast, reliable and secure as possible. We’ve been using the new version on internal and test servers for some time.

At the moment the software is updated on a server, WordPress and other database-backed sites on that server will have 30-60 seconds of unavoidable “downtime”. To minimize the impact of that, we do these upgrades only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights between 9 PM and midnight Pacific time (midnight-3 AM Eastern time). This process will be complete on all servers by June 28.

Beyond that one-time brief interruption in service, customers should not notice any difference to how their site works, as we said. But as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble or questions.