MySQL 5.6 and MariaDB 10.1 End of Life

Who does this apply to?

This only applies to websites hosted by NZServers which rely on a MYSQL database.
Example:- Websites that use WordPress relies on MYSQL.

This does not apply to:-

  • Websites using GetSimple CMS
  • Static HTML sites do not use MYSQL
  • Emails only plans.
  • A website where the A record points to another server

Hashes to hashes, dust to dust
Advance Warning

The following databases will reach End of Life status within the next year:

Please note currently NZServers is using MYSQL 5.6

cPanel, L.L.C. will no longer provide support for systems running MariaDB 10.1 or MySQL 5.6 after they reach End of Life status. System administrators who do not upgrade their servers to newer supported versions of those databases are at risk of not receiving essential patches to security vulnerabilities and running into compatibility issues with other software components. Your servers will also miss out on added features and security updates in the newer supported cPanel & WHM versions.

We have no option out of this upgrade

It is better we do this now instead of waiting to the last moment.

Our Strategy

We propose to update to MYSQL 5.7 as opposed to taking a leap to MYSQL 8.0
If that update goes well then we will look at upgrading to MYSQL 8.0
We are not at this stage looking at MariaDB which is branch away from MYSQL.

The Risks

Upgrading from 5.6 to 5.7 should be straightforward for databases created on our server.
For those of you who want to mitigate any risk, we suggest that you backup your MYSQL database to an external source.

Backup MYSQL Database

There are tools within CPANEL that allow you to backup your MYSQL database to an external device. Please note – this is your responsibility.
It is also your responsibility to restore any database.

Planned Upgrade Date 12th September 2020

We suggest that you backup before 3 pm on the 12th September 2020.
The upgrade will only go ahead depending on server loads between 6 pm and 10 pm on the above day.