Cloud Sites PHP 7.2 Upgrade – Final Warning

As a part of Liquid Web’s continuing effort to refresh and secure the Cloud Sites product, they will be conducting weekly maintenance starting on February 11th to sunset PHP 5.6/7.0 and start preparing the platform for PHP 7.3. These maintenance windows will be every night Monday through Thursday starting at 9PM and continuing until 3AM the following day (Central Time) for 3 weeks, ending at 3AM March 1st.

Control Panel Access:

During these maintenance periods, in order to protect your data integrity, the Cloud Sites Control panel may be inaccessible for up to 2 hours (9PM -11PM CT).

Website Availability:

All PHP 7.1, 7.2, websites will remain operational through all the maintenance periods. These technologies are not impacted by the upgrades.

For customers on PHP 5.6 and 7.0, we have been communicating with you about sunsetting the deprecated PHP versions and upgrading to PHP 7.2. Per the schedule below, Liquid Web will be changing over groups of web nodes from PHP 5.6 and 7.0 and upgrading them to PHP 7.2. The schedule is broken up over 3 weeks, with each week dedicated to a specific datacenter.

As we get closer to the start date, Liquid Web will be posting this and any additional information on the Cloud Sites status page at – https://status.websitesettings.com/


PHP 7.2 Upgrade Schedule

Instructions:
You can determine when your website’s server cluster will be upgraded to 7.2 by comparing the Cluster ID in your websites testlink to the schedule below. Not all sites on your account will have the same Cluster ID. Here is an example of a testlink with the Cluster ID in the parentheses.

Example:
http://www.example.com.(php56-1.phx1-1).websitetestlink.com will have its upgrade on Week 1 on Tuesday.


Week 1 ( PHX1-1 ) 9 PM – 3 AM CT
Monday, February 11th:
php56-1.phx1-1, php56-2.phx1-1, php56-3.phx1-1, php56-4.phx1-1, php56-5.phx1-1, php56-6.phx1-1, php56-7.phx1-1, php56-8.phx1-1

Tuesday, February 12th:
php56-9.phx1-1, php56-10.phx1-1, php56-11.phx1-1, php56-12.phx1-1, php56-13.phx1-1, php56-14.phx1-1, php56-15.phx1-1, php56-16.phx1-1

Wednesday, February 13th:
php56-17.phx1-1, php56-18.phx1-1, php56-19.phx1-1, php56-20.phx1-1, php56-21.phx1-1, php56-22.phx1-1, php56-23.phx1-1, php56-24.phx1-1

Thursday, February 14th:
php56-25.phx1-1, php56-26.phx1-1, php7-27.phx1-1, php56-28.phx1-1, php7-29.phx1-1, php7-30.phx1-1, php56-31.phx1-1


Week 2 ( PHP1-2 ) 9 PM – 3 AM CT
Monday, February 18th:
php56-1.phx1-2, php56-2.phx1-2, php56-3.phx1-2, php56-4.phx1-2, php56-5.phx1-2, php56-6.phx1-2, php56-7.phx1-2, php56-8.phx1-2, php56-9.phx1-2

Tuesday, February 19th:
php56-10.phx1-2, php56-11.phx1-2, php56-12.phx1-2, php56-13.phx1-2, php56-14.phx1-2, php56-15.phx1-2, php56-16.phx1-2, php56-17.phx1-2

Wednesday, February 20th:
php56-18.phx1-2, php56-19.phx1-2, php56-20.phx1-2, php56-21.phx1-2, php56-22.phx1-2, php56-23.phx1-2, php56-24.phx1-2, php56-25.phx1-2

Thursday, February 21st:
php56-26.phx1-2, php56-27.phx1-2, php56-28.phx1-2, php56-29.phx1-2, php56-30.phx1-2, php56-31.phx1-2, php7-32.phx1-2, php7-33.phx1-2


Week 3 ( LAN3-1 ) 9 PM – 3 AM CT
Monday, February 25th:
php56-1.lan3-1, php56-2.lan3-1, php56-3.lan3-1, php56-4.lan3-1, php56-5.lan3-1, php56-6.lan3-1, php56-7.lan3-1, php56-8.lan3-1, php56-9.lan3-1

Tuesday, February 26th:
php56-10.lan3-1, php56-11.lan3-1, php56-12.lan3-1, php56-13.lan3-1, php56-14.lan3-1, php56-15.lan3-1, php56-16.lan3-1, php56-17.lan3-1, php56-18.lan3-1

Wednesday, February 27th:
php56-19.lan3-1, php56-20.lan3-1, php56-21.lan3-1, php56-22.lan3-1, php56-23.lan3-1, php56-24.lan3-1,php56-25.lan3-1, php56-26.lan3-1, php56-27.lan3-1

Thursday, February 28th:
php56-28.lan3-1, php56-29.lan3-1, php56-30.lan3-1, php56-31.lan3-1,php56-32.lan3-1, php56-33.lan3-1, php7-34.lan3-1, php7-35.lan3-1


For information on what is changing and why, please refer to the posts below.

What to expect and how to test your Website on PHP 7.2
https://squid.us/php72

PHP Support Timeline
http://php.net/supported-versions.php

Liquid Web Blog Post
https://www.liquidweb.com/blog/php-7-1-7-2-embracing-latest-best-cloud-sites-technology/

WordPress 4.9.6 Privacy and Maintenance Release

WordPress has released version 4.9.6, which adds support for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a European Union privacy standard which takes effect on May 25th.

The GDPR will require website transparency about collection, use, and sharing of user data. It also will give users more control about how data can be collected and shared.

WordPress 4.9.6 is available for download or update in your WP-Admin dashboard. Please make sure to update when you have a chance.

Chrome Browser Warning for Non-SSL Websites

In September 2017, Google announced a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure in its Chrome browser as part of an overall security project.

Then, in February 2018, Google made further steps toward HTTPS everywhere by announcing that in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68 they will begin marking all sites that do not use HTTPS as “not secure”.

Additionally today, according to Gizmodo, users will encounter a full-page warning whenever visiting a website whose SSL certificate is not registered with a public certificate log. This means that you will need to have a registered SSL certificate for your website to avoid getting this warning in Chrome.

If you host on our Cloud Sites Hosting, and do not already have an SSL certificate for your domain, here is more information about how to obtain and configure one for your domain(s).

Our new Managed WordPress Hosting includes a hassle-free SSL certificate via LetsEncrypt that is set up for you right out of the box and automatically renews. If you host WordPress and would like to easily secure your website using SSL (along with and many other WordPress benefits) please contact us for more information about migrating to this new platform.