WordPress Support for PHP 4 and MySQL 4 to End

Start planning upgrade to WordPress 3.2


WordPress News – Announcement

The popular blogging platform WordPress have announced on their official blog the end of support for PHP 4 and MySQL 4 in the near future.

WordPress 3.1 which is due in late 2010 will be the last version of WordPress to support PHP 4 and MySQL 4.

WordPress 3.2 which is due in the first half of 2011 will require PHP 5.2 or higher, and MySQL 5.0.15 or higher.

According to them, only around 11 percent of WordPress installs are running on a PHP version below 5.2, and fewer than 6 percent of WordPress users are running MySQL 4.

WordPress News:
Our approach with WordPress has always been to make it run on common server configurations. We want users to have flexibility when choosing a host for their precious content. Because of this strategy, WordPress runs pretty much anywhere. Web hosting platforms, however, change over time, and we occasionally are able to reevaluate some of the requirements for running WordPress. Now is one of those times. You probably guessed it from the title — we’re finally ready to announce the end of support for PHP 4 and MySQL 4!
Read the full story on WordPress Blog

Health Check Plugin

WordPress users will not be able to upgrade to WordPress 3.2 if their hosting environment does not meet these requirements. WordPress have created the Health Check plugin to determine which versions your web host provides. Right now, Health Check will only tell you if you’re ready for WordPress 3.2. In a future release it will provide all sorts of useful information about your server and your WordPress install. It is advisable to install this plugin!

Install the Health Check plugin to see if you’re ready!

Health Check Plugin

Once I installed the plugin and activated it, I got the following message:

Excellent: Your server is running PHP version 5.2.13 and MySQL version 5.1.47 which will be great for WordPress 3.2 onward.
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