[wp-hackers] WordPress moving to PHP 5.3x?

Beau Lebens beau at dentedreality.com.au
Fri Jul 13 22:36:03 UTC 2012

If I was writing a plugin/system/component/theme/whatever for
WordPress with distribution and widespread adoption in mind, then I'd
aim it at the base WordPress requirements, so 5.2.

Since I wasn't doing those things, I wrote it in what I was
comfortable in and what worked for me, 5.3.

On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM, John Blackbourn
<johnbillion+wp at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 13 July 2012 18:19, Chason Chaffin <chason at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Well just because everyone else is using an outdated piece of software does
>> that mean you should too? Lots of people are still using old versions of
>> timthumb.php, but that doesn't seem like a reason to follow their example.
>> I don't see any reason for any NEW installation of WordPress to be using
>> 5.2. I'm not saying that 5.3 should be mandatory (although I don't think
>> its the worst idea from a security stand point), but if you're starting up
>> a new site and trying to figure out whether or not to use PHP 5.2 or 5.3 I
>> think the decision is easy.
> The OP isn't asking which version of PHP he should use. He's asking
> which is the minimum version he should require for his plugin.
> Unfortunately,  PHP 5.2 has such a high distribution (currently 75% of
> all WordPress sites) that requiring 5.3 may mean many users can't use
> his plugin.
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