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PHP 8 available

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 by Helge

PHP 8 is now available in your Servage webhosting account. PHP 8.0 is a significant update of the PHP language. It has many new features and  and improvements in the type hands-coffee-cup-apple-large system, error handling, and consistency. You find plenty of information about that new version on e.g.  THIS page. We recommend to use the latest PHP version for your pages  … But what are the benefits of upgrading to a later PHP version? See below.

Two benefits of using the latest PHP version on your website

  1. Higher security

An up-to-date PHP version is continuously updated to close any security holes and vulnerabilities. If you continue to use a PHP version that is no longer reviewed by its developers, your website may be compromised.

  1. Better performance

Newer versions of PHP are always  more secure and powerful than older versions.  Many modern CMS / website tools such as WordPress also require a later version of PHP for this very reason.

What is PHP?

PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor and is a scripting language that is mainly run on web servers to run sites with dynamic content (eg blogs, news feeds, search engines, etc). PHP is the most used scripting language on the web and according to W3Techs almost 80% of all websites use it today. At Servage we offer PHP on all of our  servers, currently 8.0.11 as highest version

Like any software, PHP has a lifecycle. Newer versions are released regularly with new features and bug fixes that increase the security of websites and support for these versions usually lasts for two years.

Screenshot 2021-10-06 at 09-49-17 PHP Supported Versions

[Supported versions of PHP 2021-10-06 (source: php.net )]

 

Via your Servage webhosting account it is easy as 1, 2, 3 to upgrade the PHP version

  • log in to your Servage account
  • go to “Domains and websites” and choose “Websites”:

php_version

 

  •  push the button “Edit” right of the domainname to which you want to assign the new PHP version
  • go to “Linux/Apache Settings” and choose “Advanced”
  • choose the PHP version from the drop down menu:

php8

 

  • push the button “Save”

 

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