Bluehost has finally started offering PHP 5.3 on a per-request basis. Even though PHP 5.4 is on the horizon, compatibility issues for many customers prevented large shared hosting companies like Bluehost from making the move to 5.3 earlier. By working with tech support in the early hours this morning, I successfully completed the migration to a 5.3 box. 🙂
If you’re interested in making the move, contact Bluehost’s support service and backup your files before the migration.
Bluehost is offering more module options (like Memcache) with this release too. 🙂
For those out there, PHP 5.3 offers “namespaces” – an elegant way to encapsulate different groups of related data (functions, constants, classes, etc.) I’m looking forward to writing much cleaner code in the future, but as with any new release of software, I’ll initially spend the first few days looking through error reports for glitches.