Php

As of January 2019, PHP 5 will no longer be supported. What, pray tell, is PHP and why does this matter?

PHP is an open source programming language that is used for web development and is the language WordPress is written in.

The latest version of PHP is 7.1.20, but a lot of WordPress sites are still using version 5. This is a problem because version 5 is reaching its End-of-Life. That sounds almost like a nice vision of retirement, doesn’t it?

On the contratry, End-of-Life (EOL) in software means that a version/product will no longer be supported or maintained. This means that if any security holes are found, they will not be patched, which would put your site at risk for security breaches or plugin failures.

There are several plugins available to help you test your site to see if it’s compatible with the newest version of PHP. My personal favorite is WP Engine’s PHP compatibly checker. Once you know that your site is compatible, you would contact your host to change the PHP version or log into your hosting account to change it yourself. Make sure that you have a good, working back up of your site and databases before you make any changes.

If you are a Hammersmith Support client, never fear…this is being taken care of for you. If you need help with this, please reach out. We love helping clients keep their sites updated, secure, and running smoothly.

Disclaimer: I love WordPress so this post may be slightly biased.

WordPress Vs Wix

Both WordPress and Wix are solid choices for a website.

Wix is a hosted solution where you pay monthly for the hosting and site. Although the monthly cost is initially low, adding additional features can add on to the price. Wix also has beautiful templates, but the ability to customize them is limited. If you just need a simple, one-page site with limited functionality, Wix may be right for you.

WordPress is an open source platform. WordPress offers a hosted solution, but you can also run WP on your own server or hosting account. It’s estimated that WordPress powers 25% of all sites on the web. This means there is a huge community that supports and develops features and plugins. Open source also means it’s more vulnerable to hacking, so WordPress sites have to be maintained and updated regularly.