On March 1, 2020, we will be upgrading the MySQL database server on our Lockhart, Malfoy and Sirius servers to MySQL 5.6 as support for all previous versions will be discontinued by cPanel upon their next major release due at the end of Q1 2020.
Significant work has been performed by our staff over the past two years to prepare customer accounts for compatibility with newer MySQL versions, which will allow us to upgrade our database servers at a more frequent pace in the future.
Prior to the upgrades, database servers will be briefly taken offline in order to make a complete backup of all customer databases. Websites utilizing MySQL databases will become temporarily unavailable until the MySQL upgrades have completed on each server.
Additional MySQL upgrades will be scheduled later in 2020 to switch to MariaDB (an optimized replacement for MySQL) to meet feature parity with our more recently deployed servers.
This document will be updated with our progress as the upgrades are performed.
Lockhart – Completed
Malfoy – Completed
Sirius – Completed