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Shutdown of PHP versions 5.x

As already announced, we will discontinue the use of outdated PHP versions that have already reached end-of-life (EoL). We have already moved websites that still use PHP 4 versions to new environments, as no active further developments or security updates have been offered for PHP 4 versions for over 10 years.

End-of-life for PHP 5.x too

Since 11/11/2020 we have been switching off the outdated PHP versions 5.0 to 5.5 step by step. For security reasons, we will no longer offer these PHP versions in the future. This became necessary because stopped supporting these versions as well.


The security support for PHP versions 5.x was discontinued by at the end of 2018.

More detailed information on thecurrent and to theno longer supported PHP versions can be found

When does the shutdown take place?   

The shutdown began on November 10th, 2020 with PHP version 5.2. This was followed by PHP versions 5.3, 5.4 and currently PHP version 5.5. The shutdowns take place in several steps over a period of several months.

How are you informed as a customer?  

If you as a customer are affected by the shutdown, you will be notified by email 24 hours in advance.

You will also find relevant information and markings in your customer menu or in your RP2 account.

The current status of the shutdowns can be found on our status page.

Please note: If security-related problems with PHP versions 5.x and which affect our systems become known, these versions may unfortunately have to be switched off immediately.

Now switch to PHP 7.3, PHP 7.4 or PHP 8.0

Current PHP versions are not only more secure, they also offer you many advantages when running your web applications. We therefore urgently recommend that you update to PHP version 7.3 as soon as possible or switch directly to a current Managed Hosting 64 or Managed Server 64 product. In addition to PHP 7.3, you can also use PHP 7.4 and 8.0 on these systems.

Note: To make the migration easier for you, the older PHP versions 5.6, 7.0, 7.1 and 7.2 will soon also be available on these systems. For safe use, these PHP versions are regularly updated - with patches and security updates from Cloud Linux. More about this in our current blog article on PHP 5.6, 7.0 and 7.1, which is still available

In order to offer you the best possible service, our new Managed Hosting 64 and Managed Server 64 products also have new MySQL versions (MariaDB databases).

More about the Managed Hosting 64 tariffs

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You can find more information about MariaDB databases in ourForum.

How can I convert my domains to PHP 7.3, 7.4 or PHP 8.0?

Instructions for changing the PHP versions for your domains can be found here:PHP version selection

Intermediate migration for older applications 

For the migration of older web applications, PHP versions 7.2 are available on all of our new Managed Hosting 64 and Managed Server 64 products from DomainFactory.

You can continue to use PHP versions 5.x until November 10, 2020. However, we do not assume any liability for any existing or new security gaps.

You can find additional helpful information on intermediate migration of older applications on our blogand in oursForum.

Please check the functionality of your website afterwards! 

We are here for you!

If you have any questions or need help with the changeover, please contact our customer service:

By email: [email protected]

By phone: 089 998 288 026 or 0800 181 18 75 (free of charge, cannot be reached from the mobile network)

Updated April 26, 2021

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