PHP is the most popular server-side scripting language, powering millions of websites including WordPress sites, keep it updated is very important for site security and performance, see now how to update PHP version.
If you arrived at this page from the notice in your WordPress site, your blog is running an outdated and unmaintained version of PHP. Not only is your website’s performance (a lot) lower than it should be, you may find that things do not work as you expect and be open to security vulnerabilities!
How To Update PHP?
What is PHP?
PHP is a scripting language which most likely powers your WordPress webpage. PHP, like all software, gets updated over time to patch security issues and improve its features. And like other software, it’s important to keep your PHP version up to date. Latest versions of PHP can make your site 3x faster and secure to make sure you’re on PHP 7+.
Updating your PHP version
Contact your host
In most cases you cannot update the PHP version yourself and need to contact your host about this. The upgrade process is an easy process and should be something your host can do for you without impacting your website or charging you a fee. Here’s a letter you can send to your hosting company:
I’m running a WordPress website on one of your servers and WordPress has recommended using at least PHP 7. WordPress, the content management system that we use, has listed PHP 7 as the recommended version on n their requirements page: https://wordpress.org/about/requirements/
Can you please let me know if my hosting supports PHP 7 or higher and how I can upgrade?
Looking forward to your reply.
If you have a VPS server, see How to upgrade from PHP 5.
My host doesn’t support PHP 7
If your host doesn’t support PHP 7 or higher, we recommend you find a host that does. We have a list of WordPress hosting solutions we recommend and all support PHP 7 or higher. If you contact another host, be sure to ask them which PHP version your website will run on before purchasing.
PHP has a list of unsupported version including dates on their website. If you develop WordPress plugins yourself you might want to check out the PHP library called WPupdatePHP.