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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Finding the Best PHP Hosting Available

In a previous post about PHP and how which verison that is used by a hosting company is the best judge of the quality of that hosting service.  I challenged the community to gather and use PHP versioning as a new metric for a points review system. To record and update the versions used by known hosting services.  Well it looks like Phil Sturgeon and a community of others can say "Challenge accepted!!"






The Project

 
PHP versions is a new website that uses Github.com as the source for posting HTML pages that contain information about hosting companies. You'll find listing categorized by type of host, Linux distribution and PHP7 availability.

Using the freebie Github pages and Jekyll is not as simple and easy as the guide makes it out to be. But it is a good start on a open community effort and one that was needed.  Hopefully improvements will be made regularly. Perhaps there will be competing sites and systems that will push the PHP hosting community to up there game and stop companies like RedHat from gaming the versioning system.

A rock that rolls is not the best version of a wheel.
Though there is no point system used it would be easy enough to implement. At the moment though the demand for PHP7 and the latest version of PHP will be the driving influence.

Don't get stuck on crap old versions of PHP just because your host does not support it. Keep using the newest version, and if you gotta switch... maybe you gotta switch. -- phpversions.info
The list of categories is basic and there is room for a few more. One that I would like to see added is  Development servers like Wamp, Xampp and EasyPHP.
  • Shared  Hosting
  • PaaS Hosting
  • Linux Distros

Looking at the site data it one thing becomes apparent. The bigger or more popular the  hosting backer the less likely it is for that backeer to have the latest versions of PHP available.

One of the high points of the site is the listing of the default PHP versions for Linux distributions. PHP will never get away from old versions and backporting of old versions by companies like Red Hat unless developers and users continue to spread the word.

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