PHP, which is a meta-acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, is one of the most widely used open-source server-side coding languages out there. Any site or application built using PHP will run on a given server as long as a PHP module is enabled, which renders the language absolutely universal and it’s scarcely a surprise that there are actually a few million servers that support it and 100s of millions of PHP-powered sites hosted on them. PHP is preferred over HTML because of the fact that it permits you to develop an interactive site with an abundance of options. A PHP-based community web portal, for instance, will show unique web content to each visitor even though the URL will not change. On the other hand, HTML websites are static and the content on the pages can be modified only manually. Just like any other software program, PHP has different versions and the one that was used whilst developing a particular website must be activated on the web server in order for the site to run correctly.

PHP 4, PHP 5 and PHP 7 Support in Shared Website Hosting

With our shared website hosting, you will be able to select which PHP version will be enabled for your hosting account, as different versions are activated on our servers. With only one click of the mouse, you will be able to switch between PHP 4, 5, 7 and whenever a new version is published in the future, we will add it to the Hepsia hosting Control Panel without removing the earlier versions. Thus, you will be able to host all the websites that you’ve created through the years. In contrast with many other web hosting providers, we will not compel you to update such websites, because a script may be out of date, but this does not automatically mean that it is vulnerable since you may have tweaked its source code to patch safety breaches. For your convenience, you will even be able to set a different version of PHP for each single site that you host in your shared hosting account.

PHP 4, PHP 5 and PHP 7 Support in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Even if your websites were built with an earlier PHP version, you’ll be able to host them in a semi-dedicated server account from us, since we support several versions running simultaneously on our servers and each of them can be activated for your account with just a click from our in-house developed Hepsia Control Panel. Other than the most recent PHP 7, we also offer support for 5.2, 5.3 and the older PHP 4, which has already been abandoned by the great majority of hosting vendors, but we strongly feel that you should not be compelled to modify a website that took several years to build, since older scripting language syntax does not necessarily equal safety vulnerabilities. Quite the opposite, a well-maintained website using PHP 4 can be more secure than a negligently maintained one using PHP 5. For your convenience, we will also give you the opportunity to pick a different version for each single website within the account.