I am using a test account at Site5 and liked what I have seen so far. You do an excellent job.
However, since PHP plays a major role in my customers’ sites (CMS or otherwise), I am very sensitive on this matter and I am not happy of what I have seen.
The default PHP 5.3 is obsolete and therefore unsafe, while the optional PHP 5.4 will become obsolete in 5 months time (September). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP#Release_history).
Even the not available PHP 5.5 has got only one more year before becoming obsolete also. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP#Release_history).
Can you please tell me if there is an official PHP updating policy, and if yes, what is it?
There is no official guideline or policy on when PHP upgrades happen on the server fleet, no. We are aware of the release schedule, of course, but upgrading PHP on a fleet of production hosting servers is not a decision taken lightly – it is a lengthy process, and requires extensive testing. Combined with our push to update our Backstage interface, our Systems team has their hands full at the moment.
When we do upgrade PHP, or other services on our servers, we test things as thoroughly as possible, and announce the upgrade with as much advance warning as possible. Keep an eye on our blog at http://www.site5.com/blog/ for any announcements regarding this. While there are no formal plans in place at the moment, I imagine this will be a priority after the Backstage updates are completed, but I can’t guarantee that.
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