PHP 5.5 Now Available At HostNine


HostNine is pleased to announce that we’re making PHP 5.5 available to all our customers today.  We will maintain PHP 5.5 as part of our standard web application stack available to our customers going forward, which includes PHP 5.3 as the default PHP processor and PHP 5.4 along with now that latest PHP 5.5 as alternate PHP versions.

What does this mean for you? Here’s some information to get you up to speed.

We provide you the control and option of enabling PHP 5.5 or 5.4 on your entire account or on a per-directory basis through a simple .htaccess modification. This modification can be placed in an accounts public_html/.htaccess file to enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4 for an entire account or in the .htaccess file of a specific directory to enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4 under that directory tree only.

To enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4, you must add one of the following htaccess option:

 AddType application/x-httpd-php55 .php


 AddType application/x-httpd-php54 .php

The binary path to the PHP 5.5 and 5.4 installations, should you require it for executable php scripts or cronjobs, is located at:




As with the existing PHP 5.3 setup that defaults on our servers, when you enable PHP 5.5 or 5.4, it will respect any custom php.ini settings you may have under your account. In addition, all standard PHP modules and extensions from the existing PHP 5.3 setup are default enabled in the PHP 5.5 and 5.4 setup to ensure the best compatibility possible.

Please note that Zend and Ioncube encoded files are not supported on PHP 5.5, as Zend and Ioncube have yet to distribute a compatible decoder extensions for PHP 5.5. As soon as support for these extensions is available, we will add them into our PHP 5.5 installations.

Learn about all the key features here.

Here’s a list of what has changed, deprecated features and more.

Web Developers: Here’s 10 improvements in PHP 5.5 to be aware of.

Any questions? Need assistance?
Check in with the HostNine Support Team.


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