PHP, which is a recursive backronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, is amongst the most commonly used imperative programming languages out there. Any site or app built on PHP will run on a given web server as long as a PHP module is installed, which renders the language truly universal and it isn’t a big surprise that there are actually several million servers that support it and 100s of millions of PHP sites hosted on them. PHP is preferred over HTML thanks to the fact that it permits you to set up a responsive site with loads of different features. A PHP-based community portal, for instance, will serve different content to each user despite the fact that the URL will remain unchanged. By contrast, HTML websites are static and the page content itself can be modified only manually. Like any other software, PHP has several versions and the version that was used whilst building a certain website must be activated on the web server in order for the site to work properly.

PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7 and PHP 8 Support in Hosting

With our hosting plans, you’ll be able to select which version of PHP will be active for your shared web hosting account, as several versions are supported on our servers. With as little as one click, you’ll be able to switch between PHP 4, 5, 7 and each time a new version is released in the future, we’ll add it to the Hepsia hosting Control Panel without removing the earlier ones. In this way, you will be able to host all the websites that you have set up throughout the years. In contrast with a lot of other hosting providers, we won’t force you to update such websites, as a script may be out of date, but this doesn’t mean that it is insecure since you may have carried out modifications to its source code to fix security breaches. For your convenience’s sake, you will even be able to pick a different PHP version for each individual site hosted in your shared hosting account.

PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7 and PHP 8 Support in Semi-dedicated Servers

Even in case your websites were built with an earlier version of PHP, you will be able to host them in a semi-dedicated server account from us, as we support multiple versions running simultaneously on our servers and each of them can be enabled for your account with no more than a click through our custom-developed Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Aside from the most recent PHP 8, we also offer support for 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 and the older PHP 4. The latter has already been dropped by most web hosting providers, but we strongly consider that you shouldn’t be forced to modify a website that took several years to create, since older scripting language syntax does not automatically mean safety breaches. Quite the opposite, an adequately maintained website using PHP 4 can be more secure than a mismaintained one using PHP 5. For your convenience, we will also give you the opportunity to set a different PHP version for each website within your account.