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Changes between Version 1 and Version 2 of Ticket #33381, comment 87


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04/19/2016 09:26:33 PM (4 years ago)
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seancjones
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  • Ticket #33381, comment 87

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    33It's clear to me that developers can and will continue to update their minimum version of PHP. If the status quo continues, it is not impossible to imagine a universe where many plugins/themes are running PHP 5.5+ while WordPress itself does not acknowledge this change. This would leave users, who we are not expecting to know anything about WordPress and PHP, frustrated because many of the plugins they try to install do not work.
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    5 A helpful step in the right direction, certainly for me as a developer - would be some ability to specify minimum PHP version compatibility. Composer allows this, and it would allow developers to code for newer version of PHP and make it immediately obvious to users that the plugin or even theme is not for their version, reducing confusion and frustration. Each disabled plugin could have a help link, "Why can't I use this?" which is an opportunity to teach users about older versions of PHP being EOL and to contact their administrator to upgrade their version of PHP. There could even be a sample script for users who didn't know what to say.
     5A helpful step in the right direction, certainly for me as a developer - would be some ability to specify minimum PHP version compatibility. Composer allows this, and it would allow developers to code for newer version of PHP and make it immediately obvious to users that the plugin or even theme is not for their version BEFORE they try to install it, reducing confusion and frustration. Each disabled plugin could have a help link, "Why can't I use this?" which is an opportunity to teach users about older versions of PHP being EOL and to contact their administrator to upgrade their version of PHP. There could even be a sample script for users who didn't know what to say.
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    77This, coupled with a very clear warning on WordPress upgrade (that although WordPress is compatible with PHP 5.2.9 and later, users will not be able to access many plugins without updating to a current version of PHP), could help to increase PHP upgrades, without requiring it.