PHP 5.6 depreciation notice

PHP 5.6 is out, PHP 7.0 is in


If you have received a link to this announcement in an email, you are required to read the following:

As the official date for end of security support for PHP 5.6 approaches (31st December 2018), this is a reminder that all websites still relying on this version need to be updated to a more recent version of PHP. This is a 3 month notice, effective immediately, that on the 1st October 2018, all websites still relying on outdated versions will stop working.

The problem

A very small number of clients have websites that are custom built and the code for these websites is not compatible with newer PHP versions. Namely the database connection uses mysql_* methods, and that method of connecting to databases has been removed from PHP 7.0. This follows a number of years of generating warnings that this method will be depreciated and removed in the future. The warnings were first generated in PHP 5.5, which was released on the 20th June 2013. In essence, we have supported outdated websites for 5 years, giving plenty of time for website owners and designers to migrate to newer PHP code. The last version that we could use to support those websites was PHP 5.6.

The solution

All website owners that have received this warning will need to take measures to complete the migration of their websites' code to a supported PHP version, PHP 7.0, effective immediately. This is a final warning that we will remove this version from our servers in 3 months time, on the 1st October 2018. All websites still relying on the old code will stop functioning after this date, and extensions will NOT be given for any reason. If your website has not been updated by 1st October 2018, your web hosting contract will be cancelled.

An email will be sent as a reminded on the 1st of every month from now until that date, if your website still uses old code on the 1st of that month. After the 1st of October 2018, your website will stop working. Do not wait until the last minute to make changes to your website, you are required to immediately start planning and executing the migration.