PHP Extended LTS Support

What is PHP?

PHP is a scripting language that is used to create about every 8 in 10 websites. WordPress and Joomla are both coded in PHP. The PHP process manager is ran alongside the server to read PHP code, and process it into a functioning website to display to the end user.

Why are there different versions?

As the company that develops and maintains PHP keeps up with patching security holes and vulnerabilities, it only makes sense that they can keep up with so many versions at once. About every year, PHP updates to a newer version, with better security, performance, functions and features. These newer versions change some of the internal code used by PHP in order to establish this increase in security, performance, etc.

At the same time that PHP supports a new version, they stop supporting an older version. This means that they stop patching security holes for those older versions. The solution is for most individuals and businesses to update their websites code to comply with newer PHP standards. This usually requires either a CMS (such as WordPress) to update to comply with newer code, or for the administrator to have to manually update the code for the website (or hire a web developer to do this for them).

CMS updates only work to some degree: If you have an older or unsupported theme, plugin, or custom code, the update can break the website, the theme or plugins may stop working, or the software may simply refuse to run on newer versions of PHP.

Even web developers don’t always have 100% success! Depending on the complexity of your website, you may find a developer declining work, or suggesting that you build a new website.

The problem lies in the solution

Re-coding your website is either very timely, expensive, or both. To know that a website you may spend months to develop today will ‘expire’ in 3 years is an absurd thought – and one that many people don’t think about (mostly because they are unaware).

Perhaps you already have a website that you’ve already developed, or spend money on, or are purchasing from another party. You may migrate over from the old host only to find that the website was coded on PHP 5.6, which stopped releasing security updates back in 2018.

Not only is this a potential security issue for the website, but also for the server running it. Due to this, you will find that many hosts do not even supply the PHP 5.6 engine anymore for their customers. Other hosts incur an additional fee for their admins to patch the security holes on older versions internally.

So what can we do?

We’re way ahead of you. Unlimited Web Space provides you with updated, continuously patched versions of PHP 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2. We call this PHP Long Term Support (LTS), and it comes at no additional price. We run the latest versions of PHP 7.3, 7.4, and 8.0 and will continue to internally support those long after they expire as well. In addition, we have enhanced security protocols in place to maximize our hardware and web firewalls.

When you find a home with UWS, you find a permanent home. =]