PHP 5.6 Support Ended And What It Means For Your Clients

PHP 5.6 Support Ended And What It Means For Your Clients

PHP 5 was released in 2004 when Windows XP was 3 years old. It was a widely popular version of PHP with developers enjoying its benefits for a long time. However, all good things must come to an end.

In December 2018 this year, PHP 5.6 reached end of life. This basically means it no longer receives security fixes or any other updates. PHP 5.6 was released in August 2014 and it brought with it many minor updates to the language.

PHP 5.6 continued to be hugely popular which stagnated the adoption of other major releases. If you have been regularly updating the PHP application, moving to a newer version should not be a problem.

If your clients haven’t been keen on maintaining regular updates, the first thing developers need to do is check for updates for the current application in use. A newer version means easier updating. Modern PHP applications even have automated updates which makes it easier to move to a new version.

The priority, however, is the security issue that comes with the outdated PHP 5.6. If your clients do not have a complete upgrade, this could result in a serious security breach. Moving to PHP 7.1 or higher is the prudent decision.

 

Why Your Client Should Switch to PHP 7.1 or Higher

 

Security

PHP 5.6 reached its EOL, and with that comes the risk of data breach. Moving to PHP 7.1 or higher means regular security updates and fixes. PHP 7.2 will be supported until December 2020 and PHP 7.3 receives regular updates until December 2021.

 

Speed

With PHP 7.1 and higher your clients can enjoy enhanced performance. PHP 7 came with ZendEngine NextGen, a rewrite of ZendEngine. the rewrite is also one of the biggest speed enhancements to a PHP application.

WordPress and common CMS applications now enjoy speed improvements of up to 200% – 300%

 

Code Compatibility

Most developers will drop support for PHP 5.6. This means your clients will experience difficulties upgrading applications among other issues. Updating to PHP 7.1 or higher ensures seamless support options.

 

How to Upgrade

Upgrading in the hosting control panel is an option, but it may cause the application to stop working. Contacting a developer like Codeias, allows testing and upgrading of any coding that is required before upgrading. Upgraded codes ensure the PHP code is compatible with the PHP version running on the server.

If you are one of our clients, chances are you are already up to date and using the most current version. If not, check with your support team to see if you’re up to date. If you’re using cpanel based systems, we can help you easily switch versions using built-in MultiPHP version change system.

 

Ready to upgrade?

If you are unsure how to switch, Codeias can help you update, maintain, and secure your client’s websites. We make the transition smooth and offer managed hosting so we can take care of the backend solutions.

Reach us on call us on 01257 758 078 or email us at enquiries@codeias.com to discuss upgrade options.