WordPress.org will discontinue its support of PHP 4 and MySQL 4 from version 3.2. WordPress 3.2 is due in the first half of 2011. However, WordPress 3.1 is still unreleased, due in late 2010.
From v3.2 on, self-hosted WordPress installs will require PHP 5.2. WordPress says that currently, only 11% of WordPress installs are running on servers using earlier versions than 5.2 of PHP, and only 6% currently run on MySQL 4 (after WP 3.1, minimum MySQL requirement will be version 5.0.15).
In a blog post about this, WordPress says:
Many [WordPress installs currently on PHP 4] are on hosts who support PHP 5.2 — users merely need to change a setting in their hosting control panel to activate it. We believe that percentage will only go down over the rest of the year as hosting providers realize that to support the newest versions of WordPress…they’re going to have to pull the trigger.
If you are not sure about the hosting settings, don’t worry. WordPress has created a plugin, Health Check plugin will tell you if you’re ready for WordPress 3.2. In a future release it will provide all sorts of useful information about your server and your WordPress install.
WordPress.org summaries as follows:
In summary: WordPress 3.1, due in late 2010, will be the last version of WordPress to support PHP 4 and MySQL 4. WordPress 3.2, due in the first half of 2011, will require PHP 5.2 or higher, and MySQL 5.0.15 or higher. Install the Health Check plugin to see if you’re ready!
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