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- This topic has 7 replies, 2 voices, and was last updated 5 years ago by Courtney Kenady.
12/07/2018 at 8:04 am #478788Courtney KenadyGuest
Hello, I have been using the Connections Business Directory plugin for about a year on svrbreck.com. The owner has a lot of time and data entered into the directory. We tried to update the plugin and received the following error:
Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STATIC, expecting T_STRING or T_VARIABLE or ‘$’ in /home/content/30/4562830/html/wp-content/plugins/connections/includes/class.text-domain.php on line 36
Hoping you can help.
Thank you, Courtney12/07/2018 at 8:44 am #478789
How did you install the update?
What version of PHP is running on your web host for your site?12/07/2018 at 9:24 am #478793Courtney KenadyGuest
The site is hosted on GoDaddy PHP version 5.
I believe the owner tried to update directly from the Plugin tab of the site.
Courtney12/07/2018 at 9:29 am #478794Courtney KenadyGuest
The site is hosted on GoDaddy PHP Version 5. The owner attempted the update from the plugin page of the site.
Courtney12/07/2018 at 9:50 am #478795
RE: The site is hosted on GoDaddy PHP version 5.
Which version of PHP 5? Connections requires at least 5.4. Connections should prevent itself from running on anything less than 5.4.
What version of Connections was being updated? I ask because the file generating the error in question has been part of Connections for awhile now, about 10 months. So it is a little odd to encounter the error now.
If you can send me an WP admin log and FTP login, as a private reply, I’ll take a look.12/07/2018 at 10:01 am #478796Courtney KenadyGuestThis reply has been marked as private.12/07/2018 at 12:49 pm #478797
Ok, It does appear I am using PHP 5.3 syntax in the file causing the error. I’ve hotpatched it on your site so it will no longer cause this error. This minor tweak will be in future updates as well. However, Connections will not load itself because it requires at least PHP 5.4.
The site is running a very old version of PHP 5.2 which is no longer actively support by its developers and potentially not secure. It actually has not been for many years now.
I recommend updating to PHP 7.1 as that is the oldest supported version. There are two newer versions, 7.2 & 7.3 but not all plugins and themes are supporting those version yet.
Looking at the web host control panel, it appears they allow you to change to PHP 5.6 which is actually still really old. Looking at the plugin and theme on the site, you should be able to witch to PHP 5.6 without issue.
Hope this helps!12/07/2018 at 3:06 pm #478816Courtney KenadyGuest
Thank you so much! The site has been updated to the PHP 5.4 and I will move it to 5.6 shortly as soon as I know everything is working.
The Connections Busines Directory is up and looks great at first glance.
REALLY appreciate your help!
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