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Raising the PHP Requirements for Event Espresso 4

Posted: August 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm


Seth Shoultes

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August 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hi everyone!

Just want to give everyone a heads up. As of EE 4.4, we are no longer supporting PHP version 5.2. If you cannot update to PHP version 5.2, then you cannot use EE 4.4.

Why are we raising the PHP requirements for EE4?
Dropping support for PHP 5.2 was a decision we did not make lightly. In fact, we tried to delay it as long as possible. Here are the three primary reasons prompting this decision:

  1. Security
  2. Ability to write more efficient code
  3. Quicker development of new features

What if my host is still on PHP 5.2?
If your website is site running on PHP 5.2, and you attempt to activate EE 4.4, it will simply deactivate and display a minimum PHP version is required message. This is done on purpose to prevent serious issues on your site. If you wish to continue using EE 4.4, you will have to upgrade your server to PHP 5.3 or later. If you are unable to upgrade to PHP 5.3+ right away (maybe your host is slow to respond) you can continue to use EE 4.3.1.

Will my WordPress website stop working?
Upgrading your WordPress site to a new PHP version will not break the site unless you have a plugin/theme that uses a deprecated PHP function/method. Themes are less likely to have that, but plugins might. You will have to notify the plugin author of the affected plugin.

Keep in mind WordPress will support sites up to PHP 5.4 (and even PHP 5.5 as of WP 3.9). So compatibility with WordPress is not a problem.

  • This topic was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by  Seth Shoultes.
  • This topic was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by  Seth Shoultes.


JerryMc

August 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Will using PHP 5.5 cause any issues?

Thank you


Garth

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August 27, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I’m running PHP 5.5.10 and I have not experienced any issues.

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