Sprintserve Net Offers Multiple PHP Versions

Sprintserve NET is happy to announce the immediate availability of multiple PHP versions. We will make available PHP 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5, with the current default being PHP 5.2.  No action is required from you if you are happy with the current version of PHP. However we strongly encourage to test your scripts with one of the newer PHP versions.

What do I need to know: 

  • The current default PHP version 5.2.17 remains the default. No action is needed if you want to continue using this version.
  • The current alternate versions supported are PHP 5.3.28, 5.4.28 and 5.5.12.
  • We strongly encourage all clients to upgrade to a newer PHP version as PHP 5.2.17 and 5.3.28 has been deprecated. We expect to change the default version in the near future as it is no longer supported by Cpanel.
  • Please note that there are major changes between the different versions, and that it is the client’s responsibility to ensure that their scripts are compatible with the various PHP versions.
  • Upgrading from PHP 5.2 to 5.3: http://php.net/migration53
  • Upgrading from PHP 5.3 to 5.4: http://php.net/migration54
  • Upgrading from PHP 5.4 to 5.5: http://php.net/migration55


How do I enable PHP 5.3, 5.4 or 5.5:
PHP 5.3
Add the following to your .htaccess in your home directory:
<IfModule mod_suphp.c>
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php53 .php
</IfModule>

PHP 5.4
Add the following to your .htaccess in your home directory:
<IfModule mod_suphp.c>
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php54 .php
</IfModule>

PHP 5.5
Add the following to your .htaccess in your home directory:
<IfModule mod_suphp.c>
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php55 .php
</IfModule>

To reverse the change, simply remove the directives that have been added. As always feel free to contact our support if you need further assistance.

How does Sprintserve network outperforms our competitors?

There are a few main criteria that determines how a network performs. Each transit provider is a highway for data to travel upon. The more transit providers you have, the more highways you have to choose from when considering the best route. How is this advantageous? To put it simply, just like a highway, you may have traffic jams, or some highways may be more direct than others. Similarly, not every provider promises to be the best route. As such, more options gives us more alternative routes to choose from, allowing for a more optimal choice. Our network offers 8 transit providers. The next determinant of how a network performs depends on how this optimal route is chosen. Most networks uses Border Gateway Protocal (BGP) which typically route the traffic best on the shortest route. In the ideal world, this will be the fastest way as well. However the world is seldom ideal. For a highway, you may have a traffic congestion, road closures, and other blockages that resulted in the most direct route being slower. If you monitor the traffic conditions realtime using actual traffic maps, you could use detours that are not congested. That’s what our network does as well. Instead of simply using BGP to choose the shortest route, our network utilized intelligent routing based on Internap’s Flow Control Protocol. For more information, feel free to drop us an email.