PHP, which is a metacronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, is amongst the most popular open-source server-side scripting languages that are available out there. Any site or web-based application created with PHP will run on a given web server as long as a PHP module is installed, which makes the language truly universal and it is not at all unusual that there are actually a couple of million web servers that support it and 100s of millions of PHP-driven sites running on them. PHP is preferred over HTML because it allows you to develop a responsive site with loads of options. A PHP-based community website, for instance, will display unique content to each user even though the page URL will stay unchanged. By contrast, HTML sites are static and the page content can be updated only manually. Like any other software program, PHP has several versions and the version that was used whilst building a specific website must be available on the server so that the site can run properly.

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

With our Linux cloud web hosting packages, you’ll be able to select the version of PHP that will be active for your shared account, as different versions are activated on our servers. With as little as one mouse click, you will be able to switch between PHP 4, 5, 7 and anytime a new version is published in the future, we’ll add it to the Hepsia Control Panel without removing the earlier versions. In this way, you will be able to host all the websites that you have set up throughout the years. In contrast with many other web hosting companies, we will not force you to update such sites, as a script may be outdated, but this does not automatically mean that it is vulnerable as you may have modified its code to repair security gaps. For your convenience’s sake, you’ll even be able to select a different PHP version for each website hosted in your web hosting account.

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

Even in case your sites were built with an older PHP version, you will be able to host them in a semi-dedicated server account from us, since we support several versions running at the same time on our semi-dedicated servers and each one of them can be activated for your account with just one click via our in-house created Hepsia Control Panel. Other than 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 abandoned by the majority of hosting providers, but we strongly believe that you shouldn’t be compelled to modify a site that took years to develop, as older script language syntax doesn’t invariably equal safety flaws. Just the opposite, a well-maintained website using PHP 4 can be more reliable than a badly maintained one using PHP 5. For your convenience, we’ll also offer you the possibility to specify a different PHP version for each individual site within the account.