Update: January 2013
I was sent an email a few weeks ago that notified me of impending changes on my server. PHP will be upgraded from 5.2.x to 5.4.x. That version jump will include all features of PHP 5.3 of course.
Update: June 2011
I wanted to use a certain wonderful PHP 5.3 framework for an upcoming project. I needed the official word on the state of PHP 5.3 on my beloved host, 1and1. I sent off an email to technical customer support.
Here’s the email I sent off this morning.
Hey there. I was wondering if it was possible to enable PHP 5.3 on 1and1 shared hosting servers? PHP 5.3 has been recommended since July 2010 and as it is a year later, 1and1 servers should be able to use it.
I checked my control panel and I can toggle the global PHP version to PHP 4, PHP 5 and something called PHP dev, but it is not particularly clear if PHP dev is PHP 5.3. I set my global version to PHP dev but my phpinfo() function still returns 5.2.17.
It would be really fantastic if I had access to PHP 5.3 because I may have to consider alternative hosting accommodations otherwise.
Thank you and have a good one.
Contract ID: xxxxxx; Customer ID: xxxxxx
Since it was Sunday, I didn’t expect a reply so soon. But here it is in its full unedited glory.
Thank you for contacting us.
As we had double check further, as of this moment, we only run php version 5.2.17. Our system administrator as still on the process of upgrading of php version to php 5.3 version.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Well, that’s definitive, isn’t it? They had to double check, but the system admininstrator is still slowly typing out that apt-get command to update to the latest version of PHP. But really, can I expect more from 1and1? With my blog slowly creeping up to the memory limitations and quite probably the daytime-peak connection traffic, I might be tempted to change. Or not.
So, please 1and1, get on this because I really need PHP 5.3!