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Migrating from PHP 5.2 to PHP 5.3 on Cloud Sites.'s Data Center now offers PHP version 5.3, which can be enabled by changing the default technology within the Technologies section of the Features tab in the CSN Cloud Control Panel. Please take some time to familiarize yourself on the changes, benefits, and features of PHP5.3 in the PHP migration guide —

At a future date, the Data Center will remove PHP 5.2 as a technology option. Our Data Center's Operations and Engineering teams will be migrating all current PHP 5.2 based sites to PHP 5.3 beginning on August 1st.
Please ensure that your applications or CMS solutions are running the latest, PHP 5.3 compatible, version by July 31st to ensure no issues during this migration.

Customers can self-migrate to PHP 5.3 by selecting the PHP 5.3 technology option from the Features page of their site's control panel. We highly encourage users to do this before automated migrations begin on August 1st. This migration is a very easy process.

Please follow these simple steps:

1] Please ensure that your applications or CMS solutions (Wordpress, Drupal, etc) are running the latest, PHP 5.3 compatible, version prior to migrating from 5.2 to 5.3. Most CMS solutions have an automatic upgrade process and should be compatible with PHP 5.3 (if you are unsure, please check with your CMS vendor).

In your Control Panel, navigate to your Hosting > Cloud Sites > and click on your site, select the features tab and click on the Change Technology button.

2] Select the appropriate PHP5.3 option and click Change Technology.

Your Site[s] may take up to 2 minutes to migrate to the new PHP 5.3 cluster. Repeat this process for each site that you host that is running PHP 5.2.

Please Note: changing the default technology from PHP 5.2 to 5.3 will change the site’s IP address. If you are managing your DNS with with CSN's Data Center (your site is pointing to our nameservers: or, your IP address will be automatically updated. If you are managing your own DNS (your site is not pointing to our nameservers), you will need to update your DNS to point the site to the new IP address.

If your sites are not migrated to PHP5.3 prior to July 31st the Data Center NOC (Network Operations Center) will begin migrating sites on your behalf. If your applications are not compatible with PHP5.3 your sites may cease to function as expected. Again, please ensure that your site is compatible by updating to the latest versions of your applications for the latest security and feature benefits.

That’s it, you are now migrated to PHP5.3!


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