PHP 7.0.22 and 7.1.8

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.22 and 7.1.8 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 series on our servers as a result.

In addition, ionCube Loader is now available for the PHP 7.1 series, so we’ve made that an option you can enable in our “My Account” control panel.

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

PHP 5.6.31, 7.0.21, and 7.1.7

The PHP developers recently released versions 5.6.31, 7.0.21, and 7.1.7 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 5.6, 7.0 and 7.1 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.

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PHP 7.0.20 and 7.1.6

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.20 and 7.1.6 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 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.

A new feature to help troubleshoot connections to slow external servers

We’ve also added a custom “patch” to our copies of PHP 7.0 and 7.1 that provides a new feature: logging of slow outgoing connections from your scripts.

This can show the cause when a WordPress or Joomla site suddenly becomes slow or unresponsive for no obvious reason. The culprit is often an add-on plugin or component that contacts a third-party server to do its work, but “hangs” when the third-party server doesn’t respond.

Our page about logging slow external connections has more information.

PHP 7.0.19 and 7.1.5

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.19 and 7.1.5 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 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.

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PHP 7.0.18 and 7.1.4

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.18 and 7.1.4 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 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.

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PHP 7.0.17 and 7.1.3

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.17 and 7.1.3 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 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.

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PHP 7.0.16 and 7.1.2

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.16 and 7.1.2 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 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.

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PHP command-line version changing

This post has technical details about a change in the way PHP scripts are run from the command-line shell on our systems. It doesn’t affect PHP scripts run through websites, which is what most of our customers use (for WordPress and so on); nothing is changing about those web-based PHP scripts.

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PHP 5.6.30, 7.0.15, and 7.1.1

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.15 and 5.6.30 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 5.6 series on our servers as a result.

In addition, we’re now providing support for the PHP 7.1 series, so PHP 7.1.1 is also available in our control panel.

Finally, the PHP 7.0 series has been out long enough that all modern script software should be compatible with it, and the authors of the WordPress software recommend it specifically. Because of that, we’re making PHP 7.0 the default for new customers, and we recommend that all customers switch to PHP 7. It’s almost twice as fast as old versions of PHP.

If you’re not yet using PHP 7 but you’d like your WordPress or other PHP-based site to seem snappier, or be able to handle twice as many visitors per second, you can easily do so:

  1. First, update your site’s PHP scripts, including WordPress, Joomla, any plugins or themes you use, and so on
  2. Login to our My Account control panel
  3. Click PHP Settings
  4. Click PHP 7.0 series
  5. Click Save Settings

Then test your site to make sure it works properly. If it does: Great, you’ve just made your site much faster! If it doesn’t, it’s probably because you’re using older scripts that haven’t yet been updated, and you can simply set PHP back to an earlier version for now. (But be sure to contact the authors of your scripts and ask when they will be compatible with PHP 7.)

As always, if you have any trouble, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our servers are not vulnerable to the critical PHPMailer security bug CVE-2016-10033

Many scripts that send e-mail include a file called PHPMailer. The file is distributed as part of WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and lots more software.

Recently, a security researcher discovered a security bug in PHPMailer. The bug could allow “hackers” to take over a website.

However, sites hosted on our servers are not vulnerable to this problem. (Despite that, you should always update your copy of WordPress, Joomla, or any other software when there’s a new version available.)

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