PHP versions and our 3 servers

Our original Direct Admin server runs CentOS 5 which became End of Life at the end of April 2017 and is powered by an older version of PHP (5.5).

In anticipation of this back in 2016 we commissioned two replacement servers. One is powered by CentOS 6 and PHP 5.5 designed to support legacy sites but supports secure protocols such as TLS 1.2 and still receives security updates. The other is a CentOS 7 / PHP 7.0 based server for newer sites who want the best performance and latest security updates. Many of our clients have migrated over and are enjoying the benefits.

We have had enquiries from customers who want to use PHP 5.6 – something that we didn’t support on our Direct Admin servers. PHP 7.2 was also recently released.

We now support a secondary version of PHP on both our and Direct Admin servers. By default you will be using PHP 5.5 on and PHP 7.0 on However, if you wish, you can now use 5.6 on or PHP 7.2 on In order to change the PHP version per website, there is a setting in the “Domain Setup” section of Direct Admin.

CentOS 5 has been End of Life for almost a year now so we encourage everybody to migrate their website to one of our newer servers. We are always happy to deploy you a second account on our newer servers free of charge for you for a short period of time to allow you to test and migrate your website.

If you have any questions or need help planning a migration to one of our newer Direct Admin servers, do not hesitate to email us on