PHP, which is a recursive backronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, is amongst the most famous open-source server-side programming languages that are available out there. Any site or web-based app created with PHP will run on a given server as long as a PHP module is installed, which renders the language really universal and it’s not really a big surprise that there are a few million servers that support it and 100s of millions of PHP websites hosted on them. PHP is preferred over HTML thanks to the fact that it allows you to develop a dynamic site with numerous different features. A PHP-based community site, for instance, will serve different content to each user despite the fact that the page URL won’t change. In contrast, HTML-based websites are static and the page content itself can be modified only manually. Just like any other piece of software, 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 work flawlessly.

PHP 4 and PHP 5 Support in Shared Web Hosting

In case you buy a shared web hosting package from us, you will never have to speculate as to whether or not your sites are compatible with the hosting platform, as we offer support for several versions of PHP for your convenience’s sake. The Hepsia Control Panel will permit you to pick PHP 5.5, 5.4, 5.3, 5.2 or 4 with just one click of the mouse and in case you would like to change the version, the update will take effect instantly. Thus, several years of work on websites built with an older version won’t be in vain. Our web hosting platform will even permit you to use a different version of PHP for each domain name hosted in your account, which suggests that you can run older and newer scripts at the same time. Most hosting companies on the marketplace offer support for one, sometimes for two PHP versions. In contrast with them, we think that you should be the one to select the version that your own sites will be using.

PHP 4 and PHP 5 Support in Semi-dedicated Servers

Even if your websites were created with an earlier version of PHP, you will be able to host them in a semi-dedicated server account from us, since we support multiple versions running simultaneously on our semi-dedicated servers and each one of them can be activated for your account with just one click via our custom-built Hepsia Control Panel. Other than the most recent PHP 5.5 and PHP 5.4, we also offer 5.2, 5.3 and the older PHP 4, which has already been dropped by the majority of hosting providers, but we think that you shouldn’t be compelled to modify a site that took several years to build, as older programming language syntax does not automatically imply security holes. Quite the opposite, a well-maintained site using PHP 4 can be more reliable than a non-maintained one using PHP 5. For your convenience, we will also give you the opportunity to select a different version of PHP for each site within your account.