Each release branch of PHP is fully supported for two years from its initial stable release. During this period, bugs and security issues that have been reported are fixed and are released in regular point releases.
After this two year period of active support, each branch is then supported for an additional year for critical security issues only. Releases during this period are made on an as-needed basis: there may be multiple point releases, or none, depending on the number of reports.
Once the three years of support are completed, the branch reaches its end of life and is no longer supported. A table of end of life branches is available.Currently Supported Versions Branch Initial Release Active Support Until Security Support Until
|5.6 *||28 Aug 2014||2 years, 9 months ago||19 Jan 2017||4 months ago||31 Dec 2018||in 1 year, 6 months|
|7.0||3 Dec 2015||1 year, 6 months ago||3 Dec 2017||in 5 months||3 Dec 2018||in 1 year, 5 months|
|7.1||1 Dec 2016||6 months ago||1 Dec 2018||in 1 year, 5 months||1 Dec 2019||in 2 years, 5 months|
Or, visualised as a calendar:5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 7.0 7.1 1 Jan 2014 1 Jan 2015 1 Jan 2016 1 Jan 2017 1 Jan 2018 1 Jan 2019 1 Jan 2020 1 Jan 2021 Today: 8 Jun 2017 Key
|Active support||A release that is being actively supported. Reported bugs and security issues are fixed and regular point releases are made.|
|Security fixes only||A release that is supported for critical security issues only. Releases are only made on an as-needed basis.|
|End of life||A release that is no longer supported. Users of this release should upgrade as soon as possible, as they may be exposed to unpatched security vulnerabilities.|
As it is the final PHP 5 release, support for PHP 5.6 has been extended: active support will run for an additional four months, and the security fix period has been doubled from one to two years. Other releases are unaffected.
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As of February 27, 2019, GoDaddy's loyal long-term customers are still disappointed..
If you own either of these two products:
Deluxe Web Hosting Linux
Economy Web Hosting Linux
You can only upgrade to PHP 5.6. There is no option to upgrade to PHP 7.0 much less higher.
GoDaddy doesn't maintain standards for its products. Instead it will ask you to pay more to meet current standards, i.e., buy its C-Panel product and migrate your sites.
If you are paid up through a certain date, you may wish to move to another host just prior to that date. That is what I intend to do. I've been a GoDaddy customer since 2003. It doesn't matter to GoDaddy.