PHP, which stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, is among the most famous general-purpose programming languages out there. Any website or web app built on PHP will run on a given server on the condition that a PHP module is enabled, which renders the language absolutely universal and it isn’t really that surprising that there are actually a couple of million servers that support it and hundreds of millions of PHP-powered websites running on them. PHP is preferred over HTML because it permits you to develop a dynamic site with an enormous number of features. A PHP-based social networking site, for example, will display different content to each user although the page URL will be the same. In contrast, HTML sites are static and the page content can be modified only manually. Like any other piece of software, PHP has several versions and the one that was used while creating a particular website must be present on the web server in order for the site to work correctly.

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

With our shared website hosting plans, you’ll be able to select which PHP version will be active for your shared hosting account, since we support different versions. With only one click, you will be able to switch between PHP 4, 5, 7 and every time a new version is unveiled in the future, we’ll add it to the Hepsia Control Panel without removing the older versions. Thus, you will be able to host all the sites that you have set up throughout the years. In stark contrast with many other hosting providers, we will not compel you to update such websites, because a script may be out of date, but this does not mean that it is insecure as you may have tweaked its code to prevent security holes. For your convenience’s sake, you will even be able to specify a different PHP version for each website that you host in your account.

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

Even if your websites were built with an older version of PHP, you will be able to host them in a semi-dedicated server account from us, as we support several versions running simultaneously on our semi-dedicated servers and each of them can be activated for your account with no more than one click through our in-house created Hepsia Control Panel. Apart from the latest PHP 7, we also offer 5.3, 5.2 and the older PHP 4. The latter has already been abandoned by the majority of hosting suppliers, but we strongly hold that you shouldn’t be compelled to modify a site that took several years to build, as older scripting language syntax does not inevitably imply security gaps. Quite the opposite, a correctly maintained website using PHP 4 can be more secure than a non-maintained one using PHP 5. For your convenience, we’ll also give you the possibility to pick a different version for each site within the account.