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  • Always Up To Date Test flexible PHP 7.2 today
  • Optimal Performance The Zend Engine delivers significant performance enhancement
  • High Versatility Independent of the operating system





Perfect for dynamic web projects

Ideal for one or several big projects

Ideal for resource intensive web projects or online shops

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    • Top performance with up to 2.5 GB RAM, 1.25 GB always guaranteed

    • allows approx. 300 processes per minute

    • Equivalent to about 100 visitors per minute

    • Scalable up to Level 5 as needed with up to 19 GB RAM (approx. 1,500 processes per minute) from $1.99/month per level

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    • 2 GB E-mail Storage per account

    • For the free domain offer, please choose from the following extensions:
      com, net, org, info, biz, website, club, me, ca

    • Top performance with up to 6 GB RAM, 3 GB always guaranteed

    • allows approx. 600 processes per minute

    • Equivalent to about 200 visitors per minute

    • Scalable up to Level 5 as needed with up to 19 GB RAM (approx. 1,500 processes per minute) from $1.99/month per level

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    • 2 GB E-mail Storage per account

    • For the free domain offer, please choose from the following extensions:
      com, net, org, info, biz, website, club, me, ca

    • Top performance with up to 9 GB RAM, 4.5 GB always guaranteed

    • allows approx. 900 processes per minute

    • Equivalent to about 300 visitors per minute

    • Scalable up to Level 5 as needed with up to 19 GB RAM (approx. 1,500 processes per minute) from $1.99/month per level

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    • 2 GB E-mail Storage per account

    • For the free domain offer, please choose from the following extensions:
      com, net, org, info, biz, website, club, me, ca

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PHP/PHP web hosting
What can I do with PHP website hosting?

What is PHP/PHP web hosting?

PHP is a recursive acronym that stands for "Hypertext Preprocessor", but was previously known as "Personal Home Page Tools". It is the most used script language for website creation in the world and, in conjunction with MySQL databases, enables the creation of dynamic websites. The server-executed PHP scripts are used in content management systems (CMS), blogs, and online stores, as well as app development. Since PHP provides extensive database support, and is distributed as freeware, it is implemented in approximately 82 percent of websites worldwide. For instance, the world's most popular CMS, WordPress, is based on PHP.
Among the range of attractive hosting packages available, 1&1 offers you the very latest PHP version – PHP 7. This delivers a significant boost in performance compared with previous versions, which will result in shorter website access and loading times for you and your customers. In turn, this performance improvement can increase user satisfaction and your chances of ranking highly on search engines such as Google.
  • With hosting packages from 1&1, you will always benefit from the latest PHP version
  • Create dynamic websites with the best possible user experience using PHP 7 and MySQL databases
  • Significantly reduce your website's access and loading times with PHP 7
  • Work with a wide range of CMS using PHP, with 1&1's PHP hosting packages
  • Create dynamic forums, blogs, online stores, or a professional web presence for your company using PHP

Comprehensive PHP Hosting Options at 1&1

PHP versions available with 1&1

Comparison: PHP 7 vs PHP 5

PHP 7: New features

1&1 offers all web hosting customers a variety of PHP versions. New customers are always provided with the newest version – currently PHP 7 and PHP 7.2 – in order to maintain the highest possible level of security and performance. If the PHP community phases out support for older versions such as PHP 5.5, 1&1 informs all existing customers via email.

Those whose web projects are still based on these older versions can receive assistance from 1&1 PHP Extended Support, which helps your website with the transition to the latest PHP version.

In this comparison, PHP 7 is the undisputed winner. Because of the powerful performance boost, enabled by a fundamental revision to the Zend Engine, PHP 7 is often referred to as "PHPNG" (PHP Next Generation). Benchmark tests have shown that WordPress 4.1 handles 374 queries per second with PHP 7, compared to just 191 queries per second with PHP 5.6. This shows that the latest PHP version has almost doubled the performance level.

Besides performance considerations, it's well worth upgrading to PHP 7 based on its improved security measures alone, not to mention the fact that it is supported by security updates for a longer time.

The implementation of hash tables provides a significant performance boost

The new version requires far less server capacity to handle the same number of visitors

PHP 7 runs twice as fast as PHP 5.6

PHP 7 now also provides consistent support for 64-bit Windows operating systems

Features three-way comparison and null coalesce operators

PHP 7 enables the use of anonymous PHP classes for the first time

PHP Features with 1&1


PHP Hosting

  • How does PHP work?

    PHP operates on the server side, meaning PHP scripts are executed on the server as opposed to on the client side – as is the case with other scripting languages such as JavaScript. Accordingly, the source text is not sent to a web browser, but to a so-called "PHP interpreter" on the web server. When a user sends a request to the server, the PHP interpreter must first process the script on the server itself before sending the output to the user's browser. This output can be in the form of HTML documents or a range of other file types, such as .jpg or .pdf documents.

    In order for PHP scripts to function properly on web applications, some prerequisites must also be fulfilled on the server side. For instance, programming interfaces such as ISAPI are necessary for server services like Apache to execute PHP interpreter command lines. One of the most common configurations – known as LAMP – is combining a Linux operating system with an Apache PHP web server, a MySQL database, and PHP script. Other combinations with Windows or macOS are also possible. With 1&1, you have the assurance that all technical requirements for PHP hosting will be fulfilled. You can find further information on PHP in our comprehensive tutorial.
  • How compatible is PHP 7 with older versions?

    Backward compatibility with version 5.x is guaranteed, allowing you to run most of the old PHP 5.x applications as normal and simultaneously enjoy the benefits of PHP 7. In order to avoid encountering errors when migrating from PHP 5.5 or 5.6 to PHP 7, be sure to first consult the PHP developer's migration guide. Among other things, the guide gives an overview of the points at which backward compatibility must be broken. For applications that are not self-written, we recommend checking the provider's specifications before modifying the PHP version of your domain. Support for older versions of PHP has been discontinued.
  • Can I change the PHP version of my web hosting package?

    Yes. You can view your current PHP version and choose to switch to a newer version in the 1&1 Control Center settings. This makes it simple for you to choose the most appropriate solution for your applications and scripts. Once you notice they are compatible with PHP 7, you can update to the latest version directly in order to achieve the optimal level of security and performance. For security reasons, older PHP versions are only available as part of 1&1 Extended Support for existing customers. You can find further detailed information on changing your version of PHP in our Help Center.
  • Does 1&1 web hosting support other scripting languages besides PHP?

    Yes. 1&1 supports all other important and widely used scripting languages, including Perl, Python, and Ruby. Frameworks like Zend are also supported by 1&1, so you can easily find the best solution and corresponding script language for any given project. This gives you a wealth of possibilities for creating dynamic content on your website, allowing faster database access and hassle-free customization according to your individual requirements.
  • How is PHP configured in my web hosting package?

    With a short piece of PHP script, you can easily find out how PHP is configured in your hosting package. To do this, use the following command to display the PHP file info:

    phpinfo ();

    This will help you identify the specific PHP version number and see which modules are installed at a glance. Alternatively, you can use your FTP main user login data to access the log file via your webspace's log directory and view it in your browser. Simply enter your domain into the browser address bar and log in: http://YOURDOMAIN.ca/logs/info.php.
  • How secure is PHP web hosting with 1&1?

    1&1 provides you with the latest PHP security standards, as well as geo-redundant storage for all your data. By storing two copies of your data in two geographically independent data centers (geo-redundancy), you benefit from 99.9 percent uptime. Even if one data center goes off the grid due to power failure, the other is primed and ready to take over, leaving your data intact.

    A powerful firewall reliably protects the 1&1 servers, and the data they contain, against cyberattacks. Because we use SSL encrypted data transmission, your customers' sensitive data is also secure. For PHP security in particular, as well as other scripting languages, it is also necessary to implement protective measures against cross-site scripting (CSS or XSS). This type of script is used by cyber criminals to insert foreign, malicious code into otherwise trustworthy webpages.

    1&1 helps you protect your site from XSS attacks. In our Help Center, you will find valuable advice on how to implement the necessary protective measures. With this information, securing your data entry and output for your PHP website is easy to achieve. The Help Center also provides you with details on the additional security features of some hosting tariffs, such as safety scans.

    If you have any further questions about the security of 1&1 PHP hosting, don't hesitate to contact our expert support team, who will be available 24/7 to assist you.