Keeping PHP versions up to date is essential for a secure and faster WordPress site. An increase in site speed is good for SEO, and better security keeps hackers away from your website. The update also gives a better user experience and confidence when they visit your site. This article shows you how to update PHP for WordPress sites in a hosting environment using PHP Selector in cPanel.
Although it is vital to keep the PHP version updated for your website, it is crucial to check on the PHP compatibility with the current theme and configuration of the website. Following is a list of important steps to do before updating the PHP version:
After resolving compatibility issues and checking all other settings, contact the hosting provider to understand the update options available for your hosting account. This article shows you how to update the PHP version for Shared hosting, Reseller hosting and Managed WordPress accounts on A2 hosting with cPanel access.
Checking the PHP Version in WordPress
To update the current version of PHP in WordPress, follow these steps:
On the Site Health page switch to info tab to view the current WordPress site settings:
Scroll the list of Site Health Info and click on the Server to view the PHP version:
Updating PHP Version in WordPress using Select PHP Version software
Select the PHP version from the drop down list:
Click Set as current to update the PHP version:
The PHP version is now updated to the latest version or selected version:
Return to WordPress. On the Dashboard in the left sidebar, click Tools, and then click Site Health to check the updated PHP settings:
For more information about on updating the PHP version for WordPress please visit the following links:
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