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Your WordPress website can be faster and more secure - and you can take care of it yourself!

This page will explain why you should care and what you can do.

Why PHP is important to you

PHP is the programming language on which WordPress is built. The version is determined by your hosting provider at the server level. You are probably familiar with the importance of keeping WordPress and your themes and plugins up to date, but keeping PHP up to date is just as important.

There are two main advantages to keeping PHP up to date:

  • Your website will be fasterbecause the current version of PHP is more efficient. The update to the currently supported version (currently 7.4) will increase the performance enormously - compared to older versions up to three or four times faster.
  • Your website will be more secure. PHP, like WordPress, is maintained by the community. Because PHP is so popular, it's a target for hackers - but the latest version will have the latest security features. Older versions of PHP do not have this, so updating is essential to keep your WordPress website safe.

Then there are a number of other advantages:

  • A faster WordPress website is rewarded with search enginesso that you slide up there!
  • A faster website will retain your visitors better (they will leave if it loads too long) and make your website more effective ..
  • A more secure website offers better protection against hackers and against the costs and reputation loss associated with a hacked website.

These benefits are good for you and good for your website visitors. These are the reasons why you should update PHP today. The next section shows how you can do this.

Before you update your PHP version

This section starts with a few warnings, but don't worry! As with most technical things, there is only one background area that needs to be covered before it gets to the part where you update your PHP version.

Updating your PHP version shouldn't be a problem, but it can't guaranteed be that there won't be any problems. WordPress itself works with PHP versions up to 5.6.20 (the WordPress core team currently recommends version 7.4, so that's one enormousBackwards compatibility!). The WordPress core team doesn't know if your themes or plugins will work. They should and will almost certainly be popular or reputable, but it cannot be guaranteed.

There are a few steps you should take to minimize any risk before proceeding:

  • Create a backup of the website: A backup allows you to restore your website to the way it is right now in case something goes wrong. There are plenty of free backup plugins available, so if you don't already have a backup solution - use one of these. To restore this backup, you will also need your web hosting company to roll your PHP version back to your current version (we will explain how to do this later).
  • Update WordPress, Themes and Plugins: via your WordPress dashboard, go to updates and update everything. You should be doing this regularly anyway. 🙂 Then check that your website is working as expected.
  • Check PHP compatibility: Install the PHP Compatibility Checker plugin to check your themes and plugins for possible problems. This plugin isn't perfect and can miss elements or trigger false positives, but it works for most of the cases.
  • Fix all PHP compatibility issues: If the PHP Compatibility Checker plugin finds problems, contact the theme or plugin development team and ask them to investigate the problems. If they can't contact you, look for themes or plugins with similar functionality on and use one of them instead.

Go through these steps and you are ready to update the PHP version of your WordPress website - and enjoy all the advantages that come with it!

If you have any problems or need help, you should contact a professional web developer, your hosting provider, or the authors of your themes and plugins. They will all be happy to help you with this.

Now let's get to the final part: updating the PHP version of your website.

Here's how to update your website's PHP version for a faster and safer website

You are now ready to update your website's PHP version! You have done a careful check, created backups and are in the best possible shape to carry out the update.

Since the PHP version is set by your hosting provider at the server level, updating either involves interacting through your host's settings or asking them to do so.

How so exactly you carry out the update depends on your hosting company. The WordPress core team has asked hosting companies to provide instructions on how to update your PHP version on their hosting. You can find a list of hosting providers who provide instructions.

If you can't find your hosting company on this list, email us and ask for help! Here is some sample text you can use:

Dear Sirs and Madames,

I want my website to have the latest PHP version
operate as efficiently and safely as possible.
I want to make sure of that for the server that
my WordPress website is hosted. If not there
the current version of PHP is already running, share
please tell me what I need to do for an update.

Many Thanks!

If you run into problems at this stage, either change the PHP version yourself, contact your hosting company or a professional web development agency. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong, you'll need to restore your backup and contact your hosting company and ask to restore the previous version of PHP that you were running. You can then restore your backup.

You should now have all the information you need to update! Good work! With the latest version of PHP, you can enjoy a faster, safer website and happier visitors.

Faster, safer WordPress websites for everyone

If you make sure you are using the latest version of PHP, your website will be as fast and secure as possible.

You now have all the information you need to update to the latest version of PHP, and you also know how to update in the future. Look for more PHP update notices on your WordPress dashboard for more information.

As a final reminder: If you have any further questions, contact your hosting company, a professional web agency or the development team for your theme or plugin. They can all help with their expertise.

Thanks for making the internet a better place!