WPupdatePHP wants to be BrowseHappy for servers

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Written By Brian Krogsgard

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  1. This is a very cool looking tool that I will have to checkout. At CalderaWP we are tackling this issue since our plugins do not support 5.2. We built in a check that throws and admin notice or bootstraps the plugin, based on a version compare of PHP version and we also put a notice on our checkout page about it. We will see how it goes.

    I strongly disagree with the core team that this is not a user issue and think that is a condescending attitude. Sure, not every user knows what the problem with PHP 5.2 and 5.3 is, but it’s a super simple education step: “Upgrading to the latest version of PHP that has not reached end of life, 5.4 or later will make your site faster and more secure. Please contact your hosting provider or system administrator if you do not know how to do this.” is all it takes.

    There was a version of Pods recently that broke backwards compat with 5.2 an anonymous function. We fixed it with a maintenance release. Before we got that update out, we talked to several users of sites that broke when they updated Pods. Everyone was actually really to find out that they could get better performance and security with a few clicks in cPanel.

    Right now hosts have no motivation to address this issue. If the next update to WordPress gave users on EOLed version of PHP an admin notice informing them that their version of PHP was not only out of date, slow & insecure, but that the next version of WordPress would not support it, than hosts would be getting a lot of motivation from paying customers to fix the problem. And since they would know this was coming in advance, smart hosts would be proactive about it.

    Last thing before : Not sure anyone noticed but, Nacin updated the PHP and MYSQL requirements on https://wordpress.org/about/requirements/ and in the WordPress readme to include “recommended versions.” It’s a step in the right direction. The related Slack log and meta trac tickets actually show some fun #wpdrama, with a happy results.

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