php version too old for latest wordpress yet hosting supplier says not
Hi this is a strange one as I would have thought this would have come up before but can’t find anything.
I’m trying to install WordPress for a client with their current hosting supplier. The problem I came up with was the error message upon trying to install from scratch which said WordPress 3.4.2 requires PHP version 5.2.4 or higher. You are running version 5.1.6.
I contacted the hosting supplier to find out what kind of platform they are running. I host with Linux CentOS with no problems at all but their hosting uses the commercial version of Red Hat and they say they only update PHP in line with what is recommended from Red Hat which happens to be 5.1.6 (which is about 6 years old). They are not willing to update PHP outside the update cycle supplied by Red Hat. They did however say that their version of PHP is actually up to date as they install the patches provided by Red Hat. The version number however stays at 5.1.6 but the functionality is supposed to be up to date with the latest version of PHP, or so they say.
Their advice was to install an older version of WordPress and then try and update it from inside the CMS or try and bypass the PHP version check when updating.
WordPress 3.1.2 does install however I run into the same problem with trying to update it from inside the CMS. I also don’t know how to get WordPress to bypass the version check.
I know it’s not recommended to mess about with the core files of WordPress but as this is a clean install I’m willing to give it a go as nothing will be lost if I screw it up.
Has anyone run into this problem? Are there any hacks that can get round it?
Thanks in advance and am interested to hear all responses.
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