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 needs to run the latest supported version of PHP.
As of January 2020, the current supported and recommended version of PHP is 7.3. This version is actively supported and will receive security support 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.
Updating your server requires access to your webhosting control panel as well as the ability to select which version of PHP your server is running. Most modern webhosts allow you to do this. Once this setting has been updated, it's also very important to update your website code to ensure it is compatible with the version of PHP in use. This includes installing the latest version of WordPress as well as updating any additional code, including our custom web application and eCommerce systems.
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.
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 prior to that date to version 7.3 to ensure security, compatiblity and the latest performance enhancements.