First, in general, how many hosts are making the switch to PHP5? About how long do you think it'll take for the changeover to reach above 50% of the hosting market? And, for anyone who remembers, about how long did the switch from 3 to 4 to reach +50% penetration?
Second, can anyone recommend any good hosts that have already switched over to PHP5 or at least offer it?
I'm mostly looking for places to recommend to people who use a script I am having written in PHP5. I read somewhere that Hostway had made the switchover... but they haven't returned my email (it's been about 36 hours).
It seems more hosts are beginning to switch over to PHP 5. I think PHP5 is becoming more popular.
Actually CPanel does support PHP5, though WHM says it is in testing. I have had no issue with it though, except for the last upgrade, where there was a clash with MySQL and MySQLI, but there was a fix posted on the CPanel forums.
Good to hear actual results of someone using PHP 5 with WHM/Cpanel. I have delayed upgrading to PHP 5 more because of the Control Panel than what might happen to scripts. Nothing worse than doing a CP upgrade only to find everything trashed.
ZapX, which version of PHP 5 would you be using?
I think once the problems with CPs get worked out there will be a large migration to using PHP 5. And with that said, anyone know of specific (and popular) scripts that break with PHP 5?
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Website Rob, we are currently using PHP5.0.4. Actually I decided to stay at 5.0.3 for a while since there was an issue with compiling PHP5, concerning MySQL and mysqli. As I said, on the CPanel forums, there was a fix mentioned, which you should be able to find there with a search. The fix worked great.
also, in the last months that we've used PHP5, only two scripts have broken; PHPBB and Cerberus. Both have releases for PHP5, which work fine.
I believe there is one script in Fantastico which doesn't work, but can't remember the name.
I should also note it pays off keeping updated on the CPanel forums. There are some there who run PHP5 and you'll soon hear of any difficulties before you attempt it yourself.
I agree with ZapX, except I run different versions, and put clients according to the version they desire (if they have a preference). Also, if budget is an issue (and you have root, of course) you can also just run two seperate copies of Apache, but that could be memory consuming.
PHP5 is becoming more stable and versatile every day now, so eventually it will all switch over
Nate-o-Tomato, that is a good idea. I was thinking about having another server with PHP4, and also considered the second instance of Apache, but given our target, most customers either prefer PHP5, or couldn't care less which version we're running.