PHP Upgrades + MultiPHP Support

We never stop working to improve our service quality here at The Web Atom. Two weeks ago we increased the disk and bandwidth allowances for all plans and today we’ve completed a much-needed PHP upgrade and added MultiPHP to all accounts.

MultiPHP is a tool that allows us to run multiple different versions of PHP concurrently. We’re currently running PHP 5.5, PHP 5.6 and PHP 7. Customers can change which version of PHP is used on a per-domain basis from the MultiPHP settings within their cPanel account.

PHP 5.2, the previous default for customers who were still using our legacy servers, is no longer available and has been replaced by PHP 5.6 as the new system default. PHP 5.6 has significant performance and security improvements over 5.2.

PHP 5.5 has fewer backwards-compatibility breaking changes than 5.6 and can be used for websites that functioned normally under 5.2 but experience issues on 5.6.

PHP 7 boasts far superior performance than all versions in the 5.x branch and should be used where possible.

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Flarum – “Next Generation” Forum Software

Flarum is a free and open source forum script self-described as simple, fast, and free. It differs from the traditional layout of a forum by listing the most recently active topics on the index instead of a list of subforums. The subforums are instead replaced by topic tags which are listed on the left-hand side.


From the project’s introduction page:

  • Fast and simple. No clutter, no bloat, no complex dependencies. Flarum is built with PHP so it’s quick and easy to deploy. The interface is powered by Mithril, a performant JavaScript framework with a tiny footprint.
  • Beautiful and responsive. This is forum software for humans. Flarum is carefully designed to be consistent and intuitive across platforms, out-of-the-box. It’s backed by LESS, so themeing is a cinch.
  • Powerful and extensible. Customize, extend, and integrate Flarum to suit your community. Flarum’s architecture is amazingly flexible, prioritizing comprehensive APIs and great documentation.

Flarum’s developers warn that the software is still in active development and shouldn’t be used for mission-critical websites. Installation is relatively straightforward, requiring a few simple commands over SSH on a server with Composer installed.

Flarum’s prerequisites are all supported here at The Web Atom, however you will need to submit a support request to have SSH access enabled for your account.