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I have been running a forum for a number of years now and although I am confident about working around the IPB software the server side of things is way beyond me. Therefore I have been using a managed VPS which generally has been OK but a lack of understanding on my part has prevented me (up until now) from getting things tweaked and upgraded properly.

I recently upgraded my CPanel and my host has asked whether I want other services upgraded. Current config:

root@server [~]# php -v

PHP 5.2.8 (cli) (built: Jul 30 2009 19:23:14)

Copyright © 1997-2008 The PHP Group

Zend Engine v2.2.0, Copyright © 1998-2008 Zend Technologies

with the ionCube PHP Loader v4.0.5, Copyright © 2002-2011, by ionCube Ltd.

root@server [~]# httpd -v

Server version: Apache/2.0.63

Server built: Jul 30 2009 19:11:52

Cpanel::Easy::Apache v3.2.0 rev4769

root@server [~]# mysql -v

Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.

Your MySQL connection id is 1479

Server version: 5.0.95-community MySQL Community Edition (GPL)

Will I get any benefit in upgrading Apache PHP or MySQL ? Sorry for my ignorance any help appreciated !


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Upgrading the PHP will have no issues, The only one that you may have is upgrading mysql from community to

MySQL 5.5, The way round it is just export your database and then perform a upgrade, Then if a issue does happen just drop the selected tables what have failed and import them.

PHP and mysqld will function regardless of the version, Its the settings what have been applied that will take affect on the speed increase or decrease.

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