Arras Soon to Require PHP 5.6

Upcoming new versions of Arras will require PHP 5.6 or higher. While WordPress can run on PHP versions as old as 5.2, this is a WordPress policy that I fundamentally […]

Upcoming new versions of Arras will require PHP 5.6 or higher.

While WordPress can run on PHP versions as old as 5.2, this is a WordPress policy that I fundamentally disagree with. PHP 5.2 has been past it’s “end of life” for several years.

  • It has known security vulnerabilities.
  • It is slow.
  • It is missing many abilities that make possible the development of new theme features for the modern web.

While WordPress itself supports PHP 5.2, WordPress recommends PHP 7.0 or higher and the current PHP version is 7.2.

In order to bring Arras up to modern code and web standards, I’m dropping support for all PHP versions that have reached their “end of life” and no longer have any support for even security patches. As of this writing, that is version 5.6. Any decent web host will support at least PHP 5.6. If yours doesn’t, it’s time to switch — your web hosting is irresponsibly exposing you to vulnerabilities and condemning your site to slow responses and inadequate code support.

For further information on the dates of availability for current PHP versions, please refer to PHP’s Supported Versions page.

About Caspar Green

Caspar Green has been doing web stuff stuff since before Y2K and working with WordPress since 2007. He is the owner and Sr. Developer of iCaspar Web Development, based in Potsdam, NY.