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Web Hosting Notice: PHP support

Beginning March 1, 2018, the Bell MTS webhosting platform will begin the process of upgrading all customers to PHP 7.1. From that date all new customers will automatically use PHP 7.1 by default. We will continue to support PHP 5.6 until March 2019 if PHP 5.6 is specified in the control panel.

Websites using functionality from legacy versions of PHP that are not updated prior to March 1, 2018 may experience issues. Upgrading to the newest version of PHP will ensure optimal performance, increased security and the best possible support.

You can access PHP settings using PHP Manager in your Control Panel.

Please visit the PHP website for additional information.

If I have used or am using a service that is no longer supported, how will my published website be affected?

If your published website uses a version of PHP that is earlier than 5.6, you may not experience immediate issues but will risk complications going forward due to the lack of available support.

We recommend you upgrade to the newest version of the service to reduce the likelihood of performance or security issues with your published website.

How do I upgrade my version of PHP?

Links to full documentation for upgrading to newer versions of PHP are available in the PHP Manual.

Servers will be upgraded to support PHP 7.1 after March 1, 2018. You may upgrade your version of PHP on your account ahead of time by accessing the PHP Manager application in your Control Panel and selecting PHP 7.1.

Can I preview my website using PHP 7.1 prior to upgrading?

Yes. Visit your preview URL with “php71” appended, such as mydomain.php71.previewmysite.com where “mydomain” is your domain. If your preview URL contains additional formatting, such as c25.sitepreviewer.com, then your PHP 7.1 preview URL will be formatted with a "php71-" prefix, for example php71-sitepreviewer.com.

Can I revert back to the previous version of PHP?

You will not be able to revert back to an older version of PHP after March 1, 2018.

Where can I get additional documentation on PHP?

Visit the PHP website for full documentation.

Please contact us with any questions.

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