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End of support for PHP 5.6 in self-managed hosting - December 12th, 2022

Hello,

As you may know, PHP 5.6 reached its end of life a few years ago (January, 2017). The last security updates have been applied in December, 2018.

We understand that switching to a newer version of PHP can require some work, which was a reason to let you use it until now.

However, we have to move forward and stop maintaining deprecated versions of PHP which don't receive any security updates.

Therefore, we have deployed PHP 8.1, which is now available for your shared hosting space, and decided to end our support for PHP 5.6. on December 12, 2022. Past that date, any website still using PHP 5.6 will be automatically switched to PHP 8.1. If your website was to stop functionning, you would still be able to switch to PHP 7.3.

If your website uses PHP 5.6, an action may be required to keep your website functional before switching it to a newer PHP version (8.1, ideally). Your website could otherwise stop functionning properly.

To provide you withe some guidance about the needed steps, we've prepared a document focusing on the most commonly used CMS. It will help you check the compatibility between your website and a newer version of PHP, learn what steps would be required if an upgrade was needed, and how to switch to a newer PHP version.

Switch a CMS to a newer version of php

If you're uncertain or have questions about any of the steps, please feel free to contact us at support@koumbit.org to get some guidance!

In case you'd like us to do it for you, our web or infrastructure team could analyze your website to evaluate the work needed, and will provide you with a quote if it's in our field of expertise (subject to availability). Please keep in mind that the work calendar of the web team is quite full, so we recommend that you get in touch with us at your earliest convenience.

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