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    Shared hosting servers PHP and MySQL version upgrades to 5.6

    Hello

    Shared hosting servers will be upgraded from PHP version 5.5 to 5.6 and MySQL version 5.5 to 5.6 starting from Monday 25th July.

    It is very important that you take some action to check your scripts and software on your websites are compatible with these new versions. Most scripts should already support them and it is just a case of ensuring you are fully up to date on the latest version of that script/software (something you should be regularly doing anyway).

    We do understand some customers may not be on top of this or need more time for one reason or another, so for 3 months (90 days) we will be allowing the ability for you to switch your site back to PHP version 5.5 temporarily so you can test between both versions if required and have a chance to resolve any issues you may have with PHP 5.6 once it goes live. There is no switch back for MySQL but it does not pose the same concerns as PHP version changes.

    Switching Back:

    Once your server is upgraded to PHP 5.6 you can switch your site back to PHP 5.5 temporarily by using the following line of code in an .htaccess file:

    AddHandler application/x-httpd-php55 .php

    This code can be placed in an .htaccess file in any specific directory you need to switch back, or to switch your entire account back place it within /home/username/.htaccess

    We will begin upgrades this coming Monday evening (25th July) on a rolling basis across all shared and reseller servers as per the schedule below.

    There will only be a very short downtime between 10pm and Midnight when we do some brief service restarts (a couple of minutes).

    If you have any questions then please contact support in the usual ways, we are standing by to assist with any PHP or MySQL related concerns or questions you might have.
    Last edited by UH-Tony; 18th July 2016 at 11:24 PM.
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    Upgrades are completed on all shared/reseller servers.
    Last edited by UH-Matt; 10th August 2016 at 09:47 AM.
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    MySQL "old style" passwords:

    We've seen in some rare cases after this MySQL upgrade that a users website stops connecting to MySQL. This can occur if your site is very old and using the old style password hash for MySQL (i.e. you have not created a MySQL user or passwords in the last couple of years). To fix this, removing and re-adding the MySQL user via cPanel solves the issue. Support can assist with this if you find your site has a problem after these upgrades and are unsure what to do.
    Last edited by UH-Matt; 3rd August 2016 at 09:23 PM.
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