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How to Enable PHP 5.3+ on HostGator

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 in Web Development | 6 Comments

HostGator is a pretty ok host.  I’ve had a hosting account with them for awhile and recently had to upgrade one of my sites to use PHP version 5.3+.

Enable PHP 5.3+ with via .htaccess

Open the site’s .htaccess file that you want to upgrade the PHP version in your favorite editor and add the following to top of the file:

Refresh your website and you should see in your PHP info that your are indeed now using PHP version 5.3+. Hope this helps my fellow HostGatorers!


  1. XboxTrial
    June 16, 2013

    Thanks good sir! Hostgator doesn’t provide the link to the 5.3 config in their docs when upgrading to PHP 5.3, good thing I found this post on first page of Google! Thank you! You’ve just prevented my site from getting megabytes of error log clutter.

    It’s mid 2013 and Hostgator still isn’t on standard..

    • Alief rezki
      August 25, 2013

      no, hostgator provide you how to updrade it., just search article on support hostgator homepage.

  2. Kenworth Peters
    November 7, 2013

    After searching for hours, I finally got to sign up here and the problem is solve… YIPPPPeeEEE

  3. kamela kondili
    November 30, 2013

    very very useful. thank you

  4. kevin ch
    August 12, 2014

    Thanks man, i was another one searching for a while for this!