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Upgrading to a newer PHP version

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PHP is a programming language used by a large number of the world's websites. New versions of this are regularly released and names.co.uk provides customers with the ability to upgrade their own website whenever they like.

As of July 2013, the most recent version of PHP that we make available to our customers is 5.5 and this guide explains how to perform that upgrade.

Upgrading your website's version of PHP

Note: Before performing the PHP upgrade, we recommend checking to be certain that your website's code is compatible with the newer version. More information about important changes with PHP 5.5 can be seen at http://www.php.net/manual/en/migration55.incompatible.php.

The first step is to log into your Online Control Panel.

Click on Domain Names from the left hand menu.

Click on your domain from the list in the centre of the screen and then click on Scripts & 1-Click Installs from the left hand menu.

You will then see three more links appear underneath and one of them will be called Upgrade PHP Version.

You will then see three panes in the centre of the screen. The first will repeat the advice provided earlier in this article, by recommending that you ensure your website's code is compatible with the newer version before performing the upgrade.

The second of the three panes will display the current PHP version your website is using. Note that the possibility for incompatible code is greater if your current version is several releases out of date. For example, upgrading from PHP 4 carries more risk than upgrading from PHP 5.3

The final pane displays the latest version of PHP that we make available and provides you with the ability to upgrade to this version.

Click on Upgrade to begin the process of upgrading your website to the latest version.

Note: the upgrade process could take up to 15 minutes to fully complete and you will receive a confirmation email to your registered email address once it has completed.

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