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What do I risk by changing my PHP version? (Background Manager) (2 posts)

  1. Kaplaink
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hi

    When trying to activate the plugin Background Manager I get this error message:
    "The plugin "Background Manager" requires PHP version 5.3.0 or better, but version 5.2.17 was detected."

    On the PHP Config section in bluehost it says: DO NOT change the PHP version if you don't know what you are doing.

    Unfortunately that is the case for me. Can anyone here explain what the risks are (and are they reversible?)?

    I'm using 2012.

  2. myatu
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hello,

    Most webhosts will allow you to switch between PHP 5.2, 5.3 and now 5.4.

    Although WordPress 3.5+ is PHP 5.3+ compatible, there might be some plugins or themes that use a few deprecated functions. Depending on your webhost's configuration, you may see these errors on your website, ie.: "X is using deprecated function Y".

    The first thing to do in such case, is to ensure you are using the latest version of the plugins/themes, as they may have addressed those. But PHP can also be "silenced" for these particular errors, of which various methods are described here (related to WordPress):

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2803772/turn-off-deprecated-errors-php-5-3/9427064#9427064

    In a worst case scenario, your webhost should allow you to switch you back to PHP 5.2 -- you can always ask their support staff if that's the case. But keep in mind that version 5.2 of PHP is no longer maintained by the developers of PHP.

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