Thursday a new update for Really Simple SSL has been released. This version includes a number of minor tweaks:
- The mixed content fixer will no longer fire when it detects the content is XML
- The network menu on subsites always shows for Super Admins
- The flush rewrite rules upon activation has been delayed by one minute to reduce the server load.
- Mixed content fixer is adjusted to better fix srcset URL’s in images.
* Edit: Compatibility with very old PHP versions (<5.3)
Today, I have released a minor patch, in update 3.0.5. This last change to the mixed content fixer used an anonymous function. As anonymous functions were added in PHP 5.3 in 2009, nine years ago, and Really Simple SSL officially supports 5.4 and later, this didn’t seem a big issue. Nevertheless, I have seen some (about 5) issues with this on the forums, and have to conclude there are still some websites which still use these very outdated versions of PHP.
I know 5 sites isn’t very much, but when there are 5, there may be more. Even though I think it would be better to upgrade to PHP 7, as it’s more secure and much faster, in some cases this is not possible. Additionally it will give users a bad experience if the site crashes after the update.
Because it was relatively simple to change the anonymous function to pre 5.3 compatible code, I have adjusted this for version 3.0.5, which is now live.