What Version of PHP Are You Using?

We are running PHP 5 on all of our servers. The default version of PHP on your server depends on your hosting type. Please see the chart below for a breakdown of versions and availability by hosting type. If you would like to use a specific version of PHP, please see our articles on enabling PHP 5.3PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5 for details.

Please note: Secondary installs of PHP — any installation of PHP that is outside what is managed via cPanel — are free.

Available PHP Versions by Hosting Type

We are currently working to make all PHP versions available to customers and highly recommend using the most up-to-date version that is compatible with your scripts.

PHP 5.2 is deprecated software and is no longer being updated by the PHP development team. As such, we recommend that you prepare your scripts for PHP 5.3, 5.4 or 5.5.

Key:

Yes
Default
This version is what is used unless you specify otherwise. Yes
.htaccess
You can use this version with a small change to the .htaccess file.
Ticket Required
Upon
Request
You can request this version of PHP by creating a ticket to Support. No
Not Available
This PHP version is not available for this hosting plan.
Ticket Required
Not Officially
Supported
Not officially supported, but you can request it.  Use at your own risk.    
Hosting TypePHP 5.2.xPHP 5.3.xPHP 5.4.xPHP 5.5xOS
Shared Hosting Yes
Configuration Plugin
Yes
Configuration Plugin
Yes
Default
YesConfiguration Plugin LINUX
Windows Shared Hosting Yes
Select in Plesk
Yes
 Select in Plesk
No
Select in Plesk
No
Not Available
WIN
Reseller Hosting Yes
Configuration Plugin
Yes
Configuration Plugin
Yes
Default
Yes
Configuration Plugin
LINUX
SEO Hosting
SEO Hosting now has its own support team!

Visit the SEO Hosting website for contact information, including a new SEO phone number (866-692-9231) and updated chat support buttons.

HostGator staff no longer has access to SEO Hosting accounts and all future support requests should be sent to the new SEO Hosting Support Team.
VPS Hosting with cPanel Ticket Required
Upon
Request
Ticket Required
Upon
Request
Yes
Default
Ticket Required
Upon
Request
LINUX
VPS Hosting with Plesk No
Not Available
Yes
Default
No
Not Available
No
Not Available
LINUX
VPS with VZ Only Since this is a bare bones installation,
PHP is not installed by default,
but you can install any version you like.
LINUX
Linux Dedicated Servers Ticket Required
Upon
Request
Ticket Required
Upon
Request
Yes
Default
Ticket Required
Upon
Request
LINUX
Windows Dedicated Servers Yes
 Select in Plesk
Ticket Required
Select in Plesk
Ticket Required
Select in Plesk
No
Not Available
WIN