PHP 5.3 No Longer Supported

As of January 1, 2017, we are officially removing all support for PHP 5.3 from our shared hosting. Although 5.3 is still available on some servers, we have been recommending clients to update their scripts to more recent versions of PHP. We expect PHP 5.3 to be completely removed from all shared hosting servers when we complete the current server upgrades, which will be no later than January 31, 2017.

As always, we thank you for choosing TotalChoice and please contact support if you have any questions or concerns.

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PHP Updates

TotalChoice Hosting currently supports three separate PHP versions across all of its shared/reseller servers. The majority of these servers are running PHP 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 with 5.3 being the default, with a small percentage running on PHP 5.3, 5.4, and 5.5. Now that PHP 5.4 is just as widely supported as PHP 5.3 and with PHP 5.5 not far behind it, we are going to start rolling out some changes. These changes are required to improve the security and maintain the high performance our of servers and customer websites.

What does this mean for you as a web hosting customer at TotalChoice Hosting?

  • We will be removing support for PHP 5.2 as of September 15, 2014, for security reasons. The end of life for PHP 5.2 occurred nearly 4 years ago and we encourage customers using it to update their scripts to meet at least PHP 5.3 standards.
  • We intend to fully support and offer PHP 5.3 to customers through January 2015 at a minimum, at which point we will review it again, as it will only receive security updates through July 2014. That means customers will have at least 3 PHP versions at their disposal for the next 6 months, PHP 5.3.x, PHP 5.4.x and PHP 5.5.x.
  • We will be rolling out PHP 5.4 as the default PHP handler from July 15 – Sept 15, as it is quickly becoming the new standard expected by web applications and customers alike.
  • When the default PHP handler is changed from 5.3 to 5.4, all customers that don’t currently have a special htaccess entry, will be on PHP 5.4. We understand that this can cause issues for some customers, so we will be rolling out a new feature to your cPanel account to assist you. If you decide you don’t want PHP 5.4, you can easily change to the other PHP versions with our new PHP Select option.
  • As support for FrontPage was dropped by Microsoft in 2006 and is no longer supported by cPanel, we will finally be discontinuing FrontPage Support on our shared servers. We have maintained this limited service as a custom module for a while now, but it is not compatible with the newer versions of Apache (http server). We recommend customers still using FrontPage to publish content with a different method, such as FTP or WebDAV.

We understand that any change can bring unintended consequences and may present an inconvenience to our family of clients, however keeping servers and software up to date with current software versions is something that must be done.  As always, we thank you for choosing TotalChoice and we will be posting updates as we proceed with the roll out.


 

UPDATE: Roll out schedule

Resellers:
A-F :: July 20
G-O :: July 21
P-Z :: July 22
Shared:
A-C :: July 23
D-G :: July 24
H-K :: July 25
L-P :: July 26
Q-T :: July 27
U-Z :: July 28

We will be starting with our reseller servers then moving on to shared. Should any issues arise during a server update, we will update the appropriate server issues forum. If you are unsure what server you are hosted on, you can locate the name using the following method:

  • Login to your cPanel.
  • Under the Stats section on the left, click on expand stats
  • Scroll down till your see the Server Name field (for Paper Lantern theme, click on Server Information)
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Introducing: Shared Dedicated IP Addresses

We are happy to introduce a new service offered by TotalChoice Hosting! Dedicated IP addresses are now available to all clients on shared servers. Rather than sharing the same IP address with other websites on the same server, a dedicated IP will give your website and e-mail a unique IP address, adding an extra layer of security. With your own IP address you will not have to worry about someone else’s blacklisting affecting you.

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The cost of this new service will be only $1 per month. For more information please visit: http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/dedicated-ip-address.html

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Monthly Recap: March 2013

Hello TCH Family!

This past month was a busy one for everyone at TCH, most notably our techs and CEO. Part of our continued goal is to provide you with the fastest, most reliable service possible, while staying current with the latest technology. Over the course of the past month, Bill, TCH’s CEO, spent countless days and nights at the Data Center replacing Distribution Switches, upgrading routers, building new servers and more.

Below is a summary of what’s been going on lately here at TCH!

We Hired a New Tech!

We are happy to announce that we have hired a new, full time support tech! After many interviews and much consideration, we welcome Deepak to the team! He comes to the team with experience and knowledge and is excited to work with you, our clients. See full thread here.

Network Upgrades / Maintenance

We first sent out an e-mail to certain clients regarding mass hardware upgrades that were coming soon. Aside from adding another layer of redundancy to our network, we also have been swapping out Distribution Switches with new Cisco Switches and installed an additional fiber drop from our upstream provider. We also migrated four shared servers to new servers with new hardware.

During upgrades we try to maintain as much communication between the TCH team and our clients. Over the past several weeks you may have seen various blog posts like The upgrades are coming, Network Maintenance!, Round One Complete and Round 2 is done! Shortly after we performed more maintenance and posted Scheduled maintenance Starting Now and Scheduled Maintenance Complete.

TCH Blog App!

In an effort to continue to push as much information and news to everyone we have developed a free Android app dedicated to our blog. Get notified and read our latest blog posts right from your Android device! You may download the app in the Google Play store or scan the QR code below from your Android device.

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Google Nexus 7 Tablet Winner!

We are very pleased to announce that the re-birth of TCH’s Family contest was a complete success! Congratulations to Irene from NJ for winning herself a brand new Google Nexus 7 tablet! Our Facebook Page received and overwhelming amount of likes and we are excited to keep giving things away on it! Irene will be posting a picture of her new tablet on the page soon, so make sure to check it daily.

Who Wants More Free Stuff?

This month we want to switch up the contest a bit. Simply ‘Follow’ our blog via the ‘Follow’ tab on the bottom right hand side of this page. All you have to do is follow our blog by entering your e-mail address and you will be entered into this month’s family contest! The winner of this months contest will receive a brand new Kindle Fire HD Tablet and a TCH T-Shirt! A winner will be picked at the end of April. You can see complete details here.

DDOS Attack

On March 7, 2013 at approximately 3:20PM our network monitoring system detected a large amount of inbound traffic to several segments of our public facing network. This prompted our alerting system and we started to investigate. The attack was large but nothing our tech team couldn’t handle! You can see all details here.

New IP Addresses!

TotalChoice Hosting has been granted by ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers) additional IPv4 Allocation. In other words we will be adding a pool of IP addresses which will be available to our clients! You can see our complete blog post about it here.

Remdiner: Change Your Passwords & Update Your Scripts!

We would like to remind you how important it is to change your passwords regularly and to always keep all of your scripts / software up to date on your web site. Read the entire article here.

Has It Been A Decade Already?

On behalf of the entire TotalChoice Hosting team, I would like to extend a very big congratulations to our General Manager, Dick DeVance and our Technical Support Manager, Balakrishnan, for providing 10 years of exemplary service right here at TotalChoice Hosting. Dick and Bala have become staples here at TCH and have gone above and beyond over the past decade. Thank you Dick and Bala for all of the great service. I look forward to posting a 15 and 20 year anniversary post as well 🙂

Misc.

We posted a couple of how to’s that may interest you. Check out our recent article on how to add your TCH hosted e-mail to an Android device and also our article on popular Mac OSX FTP clients.

It’s been a great month here at TCH and we are excited about things to come. Thanks again for choosing TotalChoice Hosting!

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TCH Blog Android App

We’re excited to introduce our blog Android app! The app will bring the latest TCH news, updates, contests and more to your Android powered device. The free app is available in the Google Play store or by scanning the QR code below from your Android device.

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If you have a chance and feel like leaving a positive review in the Play Store we would really appreciate it 🙂

Thanks.

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