New Hosting Requirements for CMS

First I guess I should explain for those who don’t already know what CMS is, it stands for “Content Management System”.

A CMS is a type of web software that can be used to create websites (or simple blogs), that can be easily updated (add text and images, add or remove entire pages etc.) without requiring programming skills. Very handy for those of us who need to be able to quickly update our website or blog, and wouldn’t know PHP or HTML code if it bit us on the a?!.

Here at The Write Imprint, we specialize in creating beautiful open-source CMS websites so our clients can actively use their website as a marketing platform. WordPress is our featured CMS as it’s so easy to use; with over 25 million WordPress CMS websites & blogs out there, it’s going to be here to stay for a while, and developers continue to create new plugins for it to keep enhancing it’s functionality.

Now to the reason for this blog post – recently, WordPress announced on their website that early in 2011, when WordPress 3.2 debuts, it will require PHP 5.2 or higher, and MySQL 5.0.15 or higher. According to the folks at WordPress, this will also be the minimum requirements for the other 2 most popular CMS out there, Joomla and Drupal, when they launch their next versions.

What does this mean? Hosting for WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal CMS websites, must have or upgrade their hosting servers to PHP 5.2 and MySQL 5.0.15 or higher, by early 2011.

For more information about this, including links for tools to check what  your hosting company is currently using, check out the full article on wordpress.org