Easy CGI Shared Hosting Customers Given Choice of Full Support for PHP 4.4.4, PHP 5.2.4 -- or Both

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In a departure from normal practice, Easy CGI adopts a new application -- PHP 5.2.4 -- while maintaining support for the old version, PHP 4.4.4. That means customers can maintain their existing web programming, add new pages using the more powerful PHP 5, or migrate to the new application completely, but at their own pace.

Now, shared-hosting customers of Easy CGI have the choice of building new Web pages, with more powerful database options, using PHP 5.2.4, or continuing to enjoy full support for their PHP 4.4.4 Web pages.

Easy CGI, a Microsoft-certified hosting partner, has added PHP 5.2.4 support for those of its customers who want increased levels of interactivity, greater speed and enhanced usability features.

However, since legacy PHP scripts may not run on the newest version of PHP, Easy CGI is committed to letting customers choose either version of PHP on any directories within their Websites.

Since the PHP development team wrote PHP5 from scratch, it represents more than a simple upgrade of the already robust and easy-to-use PHP4. Web developers and hosters worldwide regard it as an important new stage in the evolution and maturation of the PHP programming language. According to data compiled by Netcraft, PHP is the world's most popular server-side scripting language, and runs nearly 20 million websites worldwide.

Improvements over PHP 4 that are available in PHP5 include

  • better support for object oriented programming and MySQL
  • an integrated suite of interoperable XML tools
  • better error handling
  • improved SOAP handling (for Websites with network firewall concerns)
  • more flexible and powerful data handling tools

Easy CGI has undertaken extensive testing to make sure that adding PHP 5 support will not adversely affect any of its hosting customers. It also provides customers with a Web-based hosting control panel that lets them toggle easily between the two PHP versions.

By supporting both versions of PHP, Easy CGI makes it possible for customers to mix and match different types of Web pages, or, if desired, migrate gradually all their pages from PHP 4 to PHP 5.

The decision to support both versions represents a departure from industry norms, says Ted Beckwith, Vice President of Easy CGI: "For most hosting companies, when new versions of applications come out, it becomes a challenge to support current customers while catering to new ones. Easy CGI is able to accommodate both by offering the best of both world's when it comes to PHP."

To learn more about Easy CGI's shared hosting plans featuring PHP5, visit: http://www.easycgi.com/services/overview.html.

For More information contact:

Ted Beckwith

Easy CGI
2 Blue Hill Plaza, 1st Floor
PO box 1614
Pearl River, NY 10965

About Easy CGI
Easy CGI's management team founded Easy CGI in 1998 to provide global, shared web hosting services after a successful 12 year stint as a regional Internet Service Provider. Easy CGI is now a globally competitive Web Hosting Provider, offering advanced hosting services to over 20,000 Web sites.


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