Is upgrading to newer PHP versions breaking the website? Our HardenedPHP is the perfect solution you need to keep the website online while guaranteeing its maximum security. Read on.
You have spent years, tons of time, and money creating a website.
But technology evolves.
As it does, you discover that the PHP version the website is using is no longer compatible with the website framework, the plugins/extensions, and/or theme/templates.
You took a look, ran some tests, and lo and behold, the website goes down every time you switch to a new upstream supported PHP version.
Kinda a dilemma you find yourself in, huh.
And to make things even more tricky, you see no clear upgrade path.
Today, we are reaching out to tell you that there is an option.
You see, we have been providing a service called HardenedPHP hosting service.
Our HardenedPHP supports using older versions of PHP.
This service is capable of hosting (at the time of this writing):
- PHP 4.4.9 (not really recommended to be used for any production website but available if you must)
- PHP 5.1
- PHP 5.2
- PHP 5.3
- PHP 5.4
- PHP 5.5
- PHP 5.6
- PHP 7.0
- PHP 7.1
- PHP 7.2
- PHP 7.3
- PHP 7.4
- PHP 8.0
- PHP 8.1
But there is more.
Not only allow does this service give you the option of continuing to run your applications with the old and unsupported versions of PHP.
It also automatically patches these PHP versions against known vulnerabilities.
That means no script re-writes.
No website breakage with a forced upgrade.
Just staying true to your course without compromising your website security
You are not alone.
Research has shown that about 64.5% of all PHP sites still use highly popular PHP 7 versions.
PHP7.4 which was the final version has lost active support as of November 2021.
And will stop receiving security updates on the 28th of November 2022.
We would want you to upgrade to new PHP versions as they are indeed better.
But we understand that perhaps the developer that wrote their scripts to accommodate a particular PHP version is no longer around.
Or that with so many things occupying your time, upgrading the script to work with new PHP versions is not one of your highest priorities.
If you ever have the need for the service, check out and use our HardenedPHP hosting packages to ensure maximum security and flexibility.
We will continue supporting these versions in our North California region until such a time that it will be impossible to do so (late 2024).