Important PHP Updates
January 8, 2020
Many websites, including all WordPress websites, use a web technology called PHP. To keep your site secure and performing at its best, your server must be running the latest supported version of PHP.
As of January 2020, the current supported and recommended version is PHP 7.3. This version is actively supported with security updates through Dec. 6, 2021. If your server is running any version previous to PHP 7.3 – including versions 7.2, 7.1, 7.0 or 5.6 – it should be updated as soon as possible.
Running the latest version of PHP ensures that your server environment includes all the latest security updates to protect you and your web visitors. It also provides the latest performance enhancements and upgrades to keep your site running at its best. See how PHP 7.3 increases WordPress Performance.
Website running versions of PHP that are no longer supported are vulnerable to hacker intrusion, compatibility issues, and slow performance.
On a yearly basis, we audit all of our clients' websites and make recommendations based on issues we find, including the PHP version being used. We then offer affordable solutions to remedy these issues, including any code updates that are required when upgrading to the latest version of PHP.
If you're not sure what version of PHP your site uses or you notice error messages, performance slow downs, or security issues, please let us know and we will conduct an audit of your site and let you know what needs to be done. Also note that while sites running PHP 7.2 are supported through Nov. 30, 2020, they must be updated to version 7.3 prior to that date to ensure security, compatiblity and the latest performance enhancements.
Finally, some web hosting companies offer PHP legacy compatibility options, including IONOS, our prefered webhosting partner. While this may allow you to keep running an older site on an unsupported version of PHP, it is not recommended and you will be charged additional monthly fees by your hosting company.
The best and safest solution is to update your website to the latest, supported version of PHP before the Nov. 30 deadline!