You’d think that having a website built would be the end of it. But no. The platform you build it with – in our case WordPress – keeps tweeking things here and there and we are continually trying to keep up.
Take, for example, this latest in-your-face message that has been annoying anybody from our admin team whenever they try to do their work in our ‘engine room’:
PHP Update Required
What is PHP and how does it affect my site?
PHP is the programming language we use to build and maintain WordPress. Newer versions of PHP are both faster and more secure, so updating will have a positive effect on your site’s performance.
From what I understand, updating a site’s PHP is a simple job. But again, no. Not with The AIMN, as in our case it has to be done by our web host as they maintain the site’s C-Panel. (Don’t worry if this is going over your head, as it went over mine too).
The short story is, that to make the site faster and more secure it needs to be done.
But there is a catch.
Because of the complexity of our site the PHP update may cause us to lose some functionality, or some ‘things’ might stop working all together. All should be fixable, but the scope of the work is unclear as we don’t know what will ‘break’. The likelihood is that nothing will break, but if it does, our web developer will be onto it immediately.
Hence the update starting on Monday morning when all hands are on deck to mop up the spills.
We might not notice them. But you might, so this is where you come in (and the reason for this post). If you notice that something’s not working right, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can pass the information onto our web developer.
We thank you in advance, and apologise in advance if you encounter any hiccups.
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