PHP Extended Support

In this article, we will provide information about our special feature PHP Extended Support.

What is PHP Extended Support?

PHP is a very powerful programming language that is used to create dynamic websites. The PHP community regularly releases new, improved versions of PHP and discontinues support for previous versions at a specific times.Since the older version no longer receives security updates, it should no longer be used.

In order to give you more time to change to a current PHP version, we offer PHP Extended Support.

In PHP Extended Support, IONOS fixes security vulnerabilities in the affected, discontinued PHP versions as they are discovered.It is our goal to provide you with an uninterruptible service for your online projects while also preventing your websites from becoming vulnerable to hackers.Your PHP projects and scripts will stay the same while being protected from attack until you decide to upgrade to a current PHP version.

As part of the PHP Extended Support, IONOS security experts ensure that security vulnerabilities affecting older PHP versions continue to be closed. Your PHP projects and scripts will remain protected from attacks until you decide to switch to a current PHP version. Maintaining the old PHP versions means an increased administration effort on our systems. We charge you a monthly fee for this additional service.

PHP versions with PHP Extended Support

The following is a list of older PHP versions that you can use in IONOS hosting as part of PHP Extended Support. The Support End column contains the date from which the PHP community stopped supporting this version.

Version End of PHP Community Support
PHP 4.0 August 2008
PHP 5.2 January 2011
PHP 5.4 September 2015
PHP 5.5 July 2016
PHP 5.6 December 2018
PHP 7.0 January 2019
PHP 7.1 December 2019
PHP 7.2 November 30, 2020
PHP 7.3 December 06, 2021
Note

The operation and maintenance of very old PHP versions is accompanied by an increasing administration effort, which is associated with rising costs. Our increased security checks and adjustments are necessary to continue the secure operation of your websites. Please note that we will have to pass on the rising costs for the version PHP 4 to you from 11.04.2022 onwards. If you are affected by this price adjustment, you have already been informed by email. In addition, you have received a notification in your IONOS customer account.

PHP 7.3: End of support - what to do?

As of December 6th, 2021, PHP 7.3 is no longer supported by the PHP community. If your IONOS hosted website uses PHP 7.3, we will inform you by email that you can only continue to use PHP 7.3 under PHP Extended Support.

PHP Extended Support for PHP 7.3 is available for free until 01/20/2022. We therefore recommend that you switch to a current PHP version by 01/19/2022 at the latest. The change to a current PHP version will of course be provided at no extra cost.

Please Note

We do not automatically switch your PHP version. If any of your domains or subdomains are set to PHP 7.3 and you do not switch them to a current PHP version, we will charge you for PHP Extended Support starting on 01/20/2022. We thank you for your understanding.

Why am I being charged for PHP Extended Support?

We found PHP content in your webspace in an old, no longer supported PHP version. You may have connected at least one domain of your hosting contract to an outdated version of PHP. If you want to change this setting for each domain, please click here to go to your PHP Settings Overview. Select the domain and click Configure PHP Version. Choose the PHP version you would like to use and click Save.

We recommend that you always use a current PHP version. This will ensure that you can use the most popular and proven applications without further compatibility problems.

Check and update PHP version

You can set the PHP version for each of your domains and subdomains separately. You can find out how to find out which PHP version your domains are currently using and how to update it here.

Despite updating my PHP version, PHP Extended Support still shows up on my bill!

You already updated your domain to a current PHP version? You also need to cancel the feature from your account. If you no longer need PHP Extended Support, you can start the cancellation right in the PHP Settings Overview page.

PHP Extended Support in Managed WordPress contracts

To ensure that Managed WordPress websites are always up-to-date and secure, our experts regularly check and update not only the WordPress installation, but also the PHP version used. So you don't have to worry about updating the PHP version as it is always up to date.

Nevertheless, if we inform you through the use of an outdated PHP version or you are already being charged for PHP Extended Support, please check the following:

  • Do you have WordPress installed in the default version? Möglicherweise handelt es sich um eine zusätzlichen WordPress-Installation, oder Sie haben eine Managed WordPress-Installation in eine Standard-Installation geändert.
  • Have you set up a domain or subdomains that are not connected to a Managed WordPress installation, a website builder from IONOS or external service?

You can find out how to find out which PHP version your domains are configured with and how to update the PHP version here.

When was I informed about PHP Extended Support?

We informed all of our customers about PHP Extended Support by email. You may have simply overlooked the email, had it inadvertently redirected to your spam folder, or had it sent to an email address you no longer use. Please check the email address we have on file for your account, and, if necessary, enter a new, valid address where we can reach you. This is the easiest way for us to be able to offer you the best possible service. To change your email address, please click here.

When does PHP Extended Support start?

PHP Extended Support starts right after the end of support from the PHP community for the version(s) you use. However, we recommend that you always use a current and stable PHP version.

Not sure if you need the PHP Extended Support in the first place?

How to find out if you need it:

If everything works as desired, then you can use the Contract Service to cancel PHP Extended Support. Instructions on how to cancel it can be found here.

Alternatively, please contact our Customer Service for help with cancelling it.

Your scripts no longer work after changing PHP versions?

Simply switch back to the original PHP version and contact an expert for help. This shows that your application and/or scripts are not compatible with the PHP version set without using script customizations.

I want to prepare my scripts for a higher PHP version but need more time to do so. How should I proceed?

Please first test your scripts to make sure changes are necessary at all. If major adjustments are necessary, please contact our Customer Service.