PHP 5.3

All of our servers (except Chilisoft ASP servers) support PHP 5.3. PHP 5.3 may need to be enabled on an account before it can be utilized. Please see the instructions below for your specific hosting plan.

Script Compatibility

Before switching to PHP 5.3, be aware of backwards compatibility issues with scripts; Older PHP coding may not be compatible with newer versions of PHP. Using PHP 5.3 will break any sites requiring Zend or ionCube that were encoded with PHP 5.2. We recommend checking with the application developer for a 5.3 version.

Custom php.ini Compatibility

If you are using a custom php.ini file that references PHP modules that are not available with PHP 5.3, your site may not work. Either remove the custom php.ini file (which will cause the server to use the default php.ini file for PHP 5.3), or create a php.ini file that is compatible with PHP 5.3.

PHP 5.3 for Shared and Reseller Accounts

For Shared and Reseller accounts which still use PHP 5.2 as the default, a handler for PHP 5.3 can be added to the server to enable PHP 5.3. Simply add the following code to your .htaccess file:

# Use PHP 5.3
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php53 .php

You can edit your .htaccess file via FTP or through cPanel's File Manager, whichever is most convenient for you. For more information on how to do that, please see:

PHP 5.3 for Windows Shared Accounts

Windows Shared users can enable PHP 5.3 on their accounts via the Plesk control panel using the steps below:

  1. Go to the Websites & Domains tab.
  2. Click on the domain that requires PHP 5.3.
  3. Click on the Website Scripting and Security link.
  4. Under Web Scripting and Statistics, select the checkbox for PHP support.
  5. From the PHP version drop-down box, select 5.3.
  6. At the bottom of the page, click OK.

PHP 5.3 for VPS Accounts

VPS with cPanel

Do not use the Handler code listed above. Instead, you must submit a ticket to our Support department and request that PHP 5.3 be installed.

VPS with Plesk

If your VPS requires PHP 5.3 please submit a ticket to our Support department to request this.

VPS with VZ only

VPS hosting accounts without cPanel or Plesk, which only have VZ Power Panel/Virtuozzo, do not have PHP installed.  You may install any version of PHP that you want.

Note: VPS hosting without cPanel or Plesk is considered unmanaged and, as such, you would need to compile and install PHP yourself.

PHP 5.3 for Dedicated Servers

Linux and Windows Dedicated Servers

Do not use the handler code listed above. Instead, you must submit a ticket to our Support department and request Apache be recompiled to use PHP 5.3.

Linux Chilisoft ASP

PHP 5.3 is not currently available on Linux Chilisoft ASP servers. Chilisoft ASP servers only support PHP 5.2, and no new Chilisoft servers are being provisioned.