PHP 8.1 and MariaDB 10.4 upgrades!

iFastNet is doing a round of upgrades to add new features and better security to the free hosting platform!

MariaDB 10.4

MariaDB is the variant of MySQL being used on free hosting. Over the last few weeks, the free hosting database servers have been upgraded from MariaDB 10.3 to MariaDB 10.4.

MariaDB 10.4 contains various performance and security improvements compared to the previous version, and ensures our database servers are safe for the coming time. It also adds a small number of new features that some applications (like Moodle 3.1) may need.

MariaDB 10.4 has already been rolled out to all free hosting database servers.

PHP 8.1

We’re currently rolling out PHP 8.1 for all free hosting accounts. All servers will be upgraded from PHP 7.4 to PHP 8.1 automatically.

PHP 8.1 is a major upgrade from PHP 7.4, containing numerous new syntax features, as well as performance improvements. Having PHP 8.1 also makes it possible to install the latest versions of many CMS, frameworks and libraries, that require at least PHP 8.0/8.1.

PHP 8.1. has been successfully deployed on the first server and is being rolled out to all other servers in the coming week. If all goes to plan, all accounts will be running on PHP 8.1 by the end of this week.


done upgrade?


No, I believe there are still servers that have yet to be upgraded, and there are still upgraded servers with missing extensions.


This. There are still some problems with the PHP 8.1 installation regarding some common extensions that are missing. It doesn’t appear that this issue has been fixed yet.

And it makes sense that the rollout has been paused until this issue is fixed.

PHP 8.1 will come to everyone soon. We just want to make sure that when the upgrade is done, that everything will work as intended.