As with most modern Software, PHP is constantly being updated by its developers. When each new version hits its general availability release, we at Electric IT install it on our servers to ensure that it’s available to all out customers, should they need it. With the new versions of PHP, as well as new features being added, sometimes things from old versions are removed. This means that there is a risk that something on your website will not work if it’s updated to a new version of PHP. For this reason, Electric IT do not automatically update the version of PHP you’re using on your cPanel account - it’s something that you need to upgrade and test yourself. Or, if you’d rather take the stress out of it all, you can make use of one of our Website Support Packages, and get one of our experts to do it all for you!
If you feel like you’re up to the task, here are the steps to change your PHP version:
Log in to your cPanel account (Explained Here)
Type ‘PHP’ in the search box
3. Click ‘Select PHP Version’
4. Next to ‘Current PHP Version’ click the drop down
5. Choose a new version - TIP: Always choose the most up-to-date version that is compatible with your website
6. The next step is to test your website and ensure everything still works as expected. If there are issues, you may need to return to the php screen and select a lower version.