26 Nov The Ticking Clock of PHP V5 Support
When you look at most modern online websites, you are probably looking at some type of code or application that is related to PHP. If there is one server side programming language that takes prominence over others, it is PHP.
But such a reliance on one standard can also be a problem. With the versions of PHP 5.x getting closer to losing support, it means that many online websites are vulnerable to serious security issues.
The average user would assume that if a version of PHP is going out of support, it would only be used by a small percentage of sites. But independent reports have found that around 62 percent of the websites that are online use this standard, which is going out of support at the end of 2018.
It is shocking when you consider that version 5 of PHP came out in 2004! It is an incredibly old standard. While it is impressive that it has managed to stand the test of time, it also means that sites must upgrade. There will be no security support for this standard from the company after December 31, 2018.
Speaking about the issue, the Chief Development Officer of the Paragon Initiative Enterprise said that no site owner should be looking forward to running the 5.x versions of PHP when 2019 rolls around.
Slow to Adapt
It is not only an issue for individual site owners, but many of the most popular site creation platforms. With names such as WordPress and Drupal still lagging behind, it is hard to blame smaller site owners and administrators.
These companies will also need to adapt. Only Drupal has made any moves to upgrade to newer versions of PHP, but even their operation is only going to be completed in March 2019. WordPress has not even reacted yet.
Around 25 percent of the sites on the internet, including many sites where you may get news and information, use WordPress. Having that many sites using an outdated, unsupported standard of PHP is a major security risk.
Only One Solution
There are many instances where people look to different solutions in a moment of crisis. But the truth is there is only one solution to this problem.
Sites must be upgraded. Everything from the site interface to the libraries to the server platforms must be upgraded to PHP 7 at a minimum. While it may be future proof to move even further up, PHP 7 is a fine standard that should be supported for a long time.