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Update PHP WordPress Websites - Benefits Upgrading to PHP 7.4

Update PHP WordPress Websites - New ISP Rollouts for PHP?

If your WordPress site has stopped working after your ISP updated to PHP 7.1 or greater, then we can help you to get your website up and running.

Many ISPs are enforcing upgrades to PHP 7.4.

As the minimum PHP requirements for WordPress core increase, many plugins and themes will be incompatible if they are not upgraded for the newer version of PHP.

Old versions of plugins will not continue to receive security patches, making your website vulnerable to security breaches by hackers.

WordPress PHP Recommended Requirements

To run WordPress they recommend your host supports:

  • PHP version 7.3 or greater.
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.1 or greater.
  • HTTPS support

Worpdress recommends Apache or Nginx as the most robust and featureful server for running WordPress, but any server that supports PHP and MySQL will do. 

Note: If you are in a legacy environment where you only have older PHP or MySQL versions, WordPress also works with PHP 5.6.20+ and MySQL 5.0+, but these versions have reached official End Of Life and as such may expose your site to security vulnerabilities.

Why is PHP 7.4 better?

It’s important that your website code is kept up to date. ISPs (Hosting Platforms) are responsible for the infrastructure where your site is hosted, however, as the website owner, you or your web designer is responsible for keeping the website up to date with latest versions.

Security updates for older PHP versions have ended, and most ISPs will not support these older versions on their hosting platform.
If your website is still making use of PHP 5.6 or anything from 7.0 below, in terms of using older versions of WordPress or Plugins, then your site will most likely break if the ISP upgrades to PHP 7.4.

PHP 7.4  improvements include:

The latest version of PHP should increase the performance of your website and will make writing cleaner code easier and faster. We encourage our customers to take advantage of these benefits – for you and your website visitors.

PHP & Website Compatibility

Why PHP
7.4

ISPs are enforcing Upgrades to improve efficiency.

PHP 7 Improves Performance

Improving Performance improves the User Experience.

PHP Limits Vulnerability & Hacks

PHP 7.4 and upgrades to WordPress and  Plugins limits hacks to websites 

Resource Efficient & User Experience

Far better handling of code between the various resources.