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There is a lot of buzz in the PHP 7 community about two major events:
This newest PHP release delivers new capabilities that help:
You can read about all the new capabilities, here.
PHP 7.1 is still widely used by global organizations for mission-critical systems, including web servers that support financial transactions. However, any website and web app written with this version will no longer receive support from the community. That includes fixes for minor bugs — but also security patches for critical and non-critical security issues.
If you are using this end-of-life PHP version in production, you can still get free community support for your applications if you upgrade to 7.3 or 7.4. However, moving to a new PHP release requires careful planning and testing, especially for applications supporting heavily trafficked sites. If you haven’t started your migrations, your applications may soon be unprotected from security vulnerabilities.
So how does the community support model work, and how long will you get support if you migrate your applications to newer releases?
Every PHP version is supported by the community for three years. During the first two years, community support is comprehensive, including fixes for all reported bugs and security issues that are provided in scheduled point releases. However, during the third year, the community only provides support and fixes for critical security issues on an as-needed basis.
Why? The community is made up of volunteers. They need to focus their efforts on maintaining the newer, more secure releases — and designing innovative capabilities for future releases.
If you still run PHP 7.1 on production systems, you can get long-term support by adopting:
We support Zend-certified PHP 5.6 and 7.1 runtimes — in ZendPHP Enterprise and Zend Server — for five years from the original release date. This is two years longer than what you get from the PHP community. We also provide bug fixes and security updates for the full support duration.
Plus with Zend, support is always provided by our certified PHP experts instead of a community volunteer.
Zend has continued to make significant contributions to the community by helping with the language’s evolution and providing additional PHP offerings, such as:
Want to learn more about your long-term PHP support options?
SEE Zend SUPPORT OPTIONS
This blog was originally published on November 26, 2019. This new version includes information about ZendPHP Enterprise.
Director of Product Management, Zend by Perforce