HostGator has frozen their shared platforms at MySQL 5.6 with no plans to offer MySQL 5.7 to the shared packages, even though 5.6 went EOL on February 5th, 2021. They're pushing people to use their Virtual Private Server which is about 10x the cost of shared. So, if you're installing CiviCRM, DON'T host with HostGator. We'd like to stay up-to-date on CiviCRM, at least the security fixes, but the only option seems to be to pay for Extended Security Release. Are there any alternatives for those who have been locked out by their hosting platforms? cheers ... :) gn
Geoff - although I do want to encourage you to upgrade your mysql you are still able to install the free version of CiviCRM on mysql 5.6 at this stage. We are discussing when to stop supporting it over here https://lab.civicrm.org/dev/core/-/issues/2481
I just wanted to add this in here...I think in terms of safety, it would probably be better to upgrade to the VPS or your own dedicated server. While expensive, I'm not sure I'd be OK with having constituent data on a shared hosting environment. It would also give you a bit more flexibility in terms of upgrades.