28 Aug 2019

Why you should abandon PHP 5.6

PHP 5.6 was a great and very widely used version of PHP. For years developers enjoyed the benefits of the PHP 5 branch, and was updated for a long period. But, all good things must come to an end, and as of Jan 1st, 2019, PHP 5.6 has reached E.O.L which stands for End Of Life. This means it is no longer receiving security fixes or updates.

What does this mean for you?

If you’ve been keeping your PHP applications up to date (you should be!) then moving to a new version of PHP should be little to no problem. PHP applications that are being developed at a continual basis, will almost always be supporting the latest in server software’s. This is especially true for PHP applications.

However, we all have lives away from the screen and we tend to forget about the software’s we have installed to run our online website/applications. which means they tend to get overlooked when it comes to updates. If you’ve not been keeping your PHP apps up-to-date, then the first thing to do is check with the developer and see if there are updates to the applications you are using. If there are newer versions of your application, then updating your application should be relatively straight forward. Many of today’s PHP applications, such as WordPress, have the ability for automated updates to make moving to a new version fairly straight forward.

No matter what however, The one thing you should make top priority is moving away from PHP 5.6. Not moving away from 5.6 could lead to your site and serve being compromised, as security vulnerabilities will, and more than likely already have been found.

Why moving to PHP version 7.1 or higher is the right thing to do.

Speed!

PHP 7 saw a rewrite of the Zend Engine, introducince what is called ZendEngine Next Gen, adding one of the largest speed enhancements to PHP applications ever. PHP 7.1 and higher versions add immense performance increases to php applications that were running on PHP 5. Most tests conducted show speed improvements of almost double to trible for wordpress and most common CMS applications.

Code compatibility

With a new Major version of PHP (That being 7.x), most application developers will be dropping support for 5.6. In most cases, without upgrading your PHP version, you will be unable to upgrade your application, or will have issues if you do. In other words the transition stage of migrating PHP applications seamlessly from PHP 5 to PHP 7 is closing fast.

Security

As of now, PHP 7.0 has already reached its EOL period, and is no longer maintained. But PHP 7.2 does not end its EOL until January 1st 2021, and PHP 7.3 until January 1st 2022. This means you will always have security updates and fixes until those times.

How do I move to PHP 7.1 or higher?

Thats the easy part! If you are one of our DIY or Managed WordPress Hosting clients, no need to worry about upgrading, because you’re already using the most current version! If you’re hosting with another provider, the best thing to do is to check with their support team to see if they have them available. Alternatively, on cpanel based systems, you can easily swap version using the build in MultiPHP version change system.

Motivated to move away from PHP 5.6?

Hopefully we have helped you to see the benefits of moving away from PHP 5.6. If you want to move away, and either are not able to, or do not know how to, then contact us! With our new Managed WordPress Service, we will help maintain, update, secure and optimize your wordpress site, and help the transition process much easier. Or make the migration to us today, We will match or do better than your current pricing! We offer both DIY(Do it Yourself) hosting for those who want to control all aspects of their site, as well as Managed WordPress Hosting where we take care of all the backend work for you! Contact our sales team today!

11 Dec 2018

What is Managed wordpress hosting?

What is Managed WordPress Hosting? There’s no denying that WordPress is a standout among the most amazing site frameworks available today. It offers broad Search engine optimization abilities, strong security, and all the customization a developer may require. WordPress additionally has an overall network of engineers, bloggers, and specialists devoted to developing and enhancing the open-source system. In any case, organizations hoping to embrace WordPress should initially recognize the contrast between Managed WordPress Hosting and unmanaged, or shared hosting, WordPress Hosting. Understanding the nuanced advantages of Managed WordPress Hosting can enable you to settle on the best decision for your business site.

WHAT IS MANAGED WORDPRESS HOSTING?

Managed WordPress hosting is a professional service that controls and maintains the technical elements of a WordPress website. Managed WordPress hosts are a more sophisticated option for businesses and institutions in all industries, offering invaluable advantages, such as cutting-edge security, superior customer support, optimal site speed, improved performance, and a variety of other benefits.

UNMANAGED VS. MANAGED HOSTING

While unmanaged hosting is traditionally less expensive than managed WordPress hosting, unmanaged sites often offer minimal features and require much more work to create and maintain. The minimal nature of unmanaged WordPress hosts can be a great option for individuals, bloggers, or independent contractors looking to create a personal website or establish an online presence. It can also help engineers and other individuals who want to learn more about WordPress development and customization.

For businesses trying to grow their brand and expand their audience reach, however, managed WordPress is a much more effective and reliable option. Why? Because managed WordPress hosts like The Hosting Guy oversee the more challenging and technical aspects of a WordPress business site. For example, managed hosts conduct routine backups, monitor site downtime, and ensure speed and reliability. Managed WordPress sites almost always guarantee faster site speeds, despite the amount of traffic your website receives. And with automatic updates, you’ll always have the most up-to-date version of WordPress — without having to spend time checking for updates and waiting for downloads.

With the specific knowledge and skills required to manage such technical elements, managed WordPress hosts provide business owners with a hassle-free experience and piece of mind. As a result, investing in managed WordPress frees up resources that website owners can dedicate to other key areas of business development.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MANAGED WORDPRESS HOSTING?

The number of sites relying on managed WordPress has grown rapidly in the last seven years, and it has become a dominant content management system for companies of all sizes and industries. And if you’re considering a managed WordPress host for your company, it’s important to understand the main differences between managed hosting and unmanaged hosting.

Benefits of Managed wordpress hosting

Here’s a more detailed look into four key benefits of managed WordPress hosting.

SITE SECURITY

One of the most beneficial aspects of managed WordPress hosting is that it offers unparalleled security. With an unmanaged WordPress site, for example, you’re responsible for finding the right tools, scans, and updates you need to keep your site secure. This might work if you’re a one person team who has experience in malware and file scanning and DDoS mitigation. If not, no problem. Managed sites implement the highest level of security on your site, plus they’ll conduct daily backups, malware scans and frequent updates that prevent hackers from disturbing your website.

UPTIME MONITORING

The speed and performance of your WordPress site has a direct impact on your search engine rankings and your user experience. So when your website experiences slow speed, downtime, or other performance issues, it’s important to identify and remedy these issues promptly. Most managed WordPress hosts offer 24/7 website monitoring, so business owners don’t have to worry about checking their site’s performance at every waking moment. For busy business owners who want to maintain a strong reputation and customer experience, performance monitoring is a huge plus of Managed WordPress.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

When you invest in managed WordPress hosting, you’re paying for highly-skilled support agents that can assist with all your needs 24/7. Managed WordPress hosts train support technicians who can understand the technical nuances of WordPress, helping to solve both common and complex problems. For example, The Hosting Guy equips every member of its support team with a comprehensive skill set and contextual client knowledge. Every person who calls The Hosting Guy support receives consistent, high-quality support tailored to their website’s specific needs. This is just one example of how technical support differs between managed and unmanaged WordPress.

CUSTOMIZABLE HOSTING SOLUTIONS

Most managed WordPress hosts have the customization capacity to support all industries, from higher education, to eCommerce companies, and everything in between. If you’re in the healthcare industry, for example,
The Hosting Guy supports regulatory compliance statues like HIPAA. If you’re an online retailer, you can protect cardholder security through PCI DSS support. Additionally, managed WordPress sites can be a great solution for agencies. By managing critical site elements like server management, speed tuning and caching, agencies can launch creative work confidently and securely.

CHOOSING A MANAGED WORDPRESS HOST

Once you’ve decided that managed WordPress hosting is right for you, it’s time to choose the right provider. And while many managed WordPress hosts are designed to support a variety of industries, every website’s needs are unique and some hosts may meet your needs better than others. This article features reviews of managed WordPress hosts, and it’ll provide you with some industry-specific details. If you’re new to managed WordPress hosting, this is a great place to start learning about the marketplace.

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