[Complete] Planned upgrade of PHP for Managed Web Hosting accounts

Update 11:34 Sorry for the extended outage. We are happy to report the server is now back up and running with Apache 2.4.10 and PHP 5.6.5

Update 11:23 Apache and Lasso are back up and running, PHP sites currently still returning Internal Server Error.

Update 11:17 We are making progress but have run into a few unforeseen issues that have caused unexpected downtime. We expect to be up and running again within a few minutes.

Update 11:08 The upgrade is in progress, please bear with us.

Our Managed Web Hosting accounts currently run PHP 5.3

Version 5.3 has been end of life for quite some time and is no longer being actively maintained. Some new PHP software now requires version 5.4 or higher in order to run. We are therefore planning to upgrade PHP.

We have tentatively scheduled this for Monday the 26th of January at 11:00 GMT

Loading the new version of PHP will require a restart of Apache but otherwise should be very straight forward and only cause a few seconds downtime.

Please take a moment to ensure any software you are running on our Managed Web Hosting or Reseller Hosting accounts, such as Magento, WordPress, Joomla or Drupal is up to date and is compatible with PHP 5.6.

A list of deprecated features and backwards-incompatible changes for each version can be found at:




We will be on hand during the day on Monday, so please test your sites post-upgrade and if you find any issues please email support@anu.net and we’ll do our best to help resolve them.