Last 14th of September, 2015, a major component of cPanel reached its “End of Life” status. The PHP 5.4 bid all users a graceful goodbye, allowing for a major change to take place. This new PHP version is in the form of 5.5, which will become the default standard of the EasyApache 3.32, launched a little earlier in September. PHP 5.5 is now the standard for all new cPanel and WHM installations.
There is no need to worry about the updates, though. As you may well be aware of, the team behind cPanel and WHM always work tirelessly to bring the best services and product, so all PHP versions and modules will continuously be updated, ensuring compatibility. You can rest assure that they are and will do everything to make the transition as seamless and problem-free as possible for all users.
Back in the summer of 2013, the cPanel team started launching fresh installations with PHP 5.4 as the default version, together with EasyApache 3.20. In the two years that have passed, PHP 5.4, as you know it, was a stable and reliable tool. However, to boost user experience, benefits, and functionalities, cPanel and WHM users have to bid it goodbye and welcome the newest version.
Here’s a piece of good news for those who do not want to let go of 5.4 completely yet: cPanel is providing you with the opportunity to continue using it. After installation of EasyApache, you can perform a downgrade and still run the system efficiently.
PHP 5.4 End of Life
A month into the “End of Life” status of the PHP 5.4, you should know that the cPanel and WHM team are no longer working on any active development or bug fixes on it. Instead, they will be focusing their effort in making the latest version better for users. Although you can still run PHP 5.4, the experts advise that its continued use may put you at security risks, threats that may compound as more days pass and the version becomes even more outdated.
Migrating for Better, More Secure Experience
The brains behind cPanel strongly recommends that users consider migrating to PHP 5.5 as soon as possible, in order to enjoy a greatly enhanced, more secure experience. Better yet, you should consider getting the newest c-Panel supported PHP version, which is 5.6 Both 5.5 and 5.6 are already available in the updated EasyApache interface.
Getting PHP 5.5 or 5.6
One of the major reasons you would want to migrate to PHP 5.6 is because of the exclusive features and major updates it has received. Of course, you can always get the earlier 5.5 version first before making the jump to 5.6. All in all though, you should start making preparations to let go of PHP 5.4, as you do not want to compromise any of your data with security fixes no longer being worked on by the cPanel team.
In a nutshell, as sad as it may sound to bid this PHP version goodbye, you should, so that you can welcome the newer ones, which do not only come with better features, but greater security, too.