This message received today form Simple Servers :-
We are planning to roll out PHP 5.6 across all our shared servers towards the beginning of February 2016. PHP 5.4 became end of life on 14 Sep 2015, and is no longer supported. PHP 5.5 is still supported but is going to be supported only until July 2016. In order to secure the server on which your accounts are hosted and to make sure they are not vulnerable against any future attacks, we have decided to roll out the newest version across all the shared servers in our fleet. Hosting on PHP 5.6 will avoid any potential issues in the coming year, and we should be okay to go on without another major update until mid 2017.
PHP 5.6 comes with a few new features – like Constant expressions, Variadic functions via …, Argument unpacking via …, Exponentiation via **, use function and use const, Large file uploads, and a few others.
Although most existing PHP 5 code should work without changes, a few backward incompatible features have been introduced, which should be addressed. There are a few new features too that should be considered, and code should be tested before switching PHP versions in production environments. You might want to get your developer to review all your installations across all your accounts with us to make sure they are compatible with PHP 5.6. If your website is not built to be compatible with the newer version of PHP, there’s a high probability for it to break, once the upgrade is rolled out.
The official documentation of the newer version is available at the following URLs.
New Features – http://php.net/manual/en/migra…..atures.php
Backward Incompatible Changes – http://php.net/manual/en/migra…..atible.php
Changed functions – http://php.net/manual/en/migra…..ctions.php
Deprecated features in PHP 5.6 – http://php.net/manual/en/migra…..ecated.php
We’re planning on starting with the roll out towards the first week of February 2016. This is just so that all the stores are left the way they are during the Christmas and New Year sales, and you should have enough time to plan and test your websites with your developers and be ready for the upgrade.
We request you to please ensure your websites are ready for the upgrade by then, so the transition to the newer version is seamless for you and your visitors.
Thanks for sharing the update from Simple Servers, Andrew
Shouldn’t be any issues with our extensions, we’ve already tested them on 5.6.
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