PHP 7.4 Update
March 9, 2021
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.
The current supported and recommended version is PHP 7.4. This version is actively supported with security updates through Nov. 28, 2022. Support for PHP version 7.3 ends Dec. 6, 2021. All older PHP versions – including versions 7.2, 7.1, 7.0, 5.6 or 5.4 – are no longer supported and 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 7.4 increases WordPress Performance.
Websites running unsupported versions of PHP 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 a FREE audit of your site and let you know what needs to be fixed. Also note that while sites running PHP 7.3 are supported through Dec. 6, 2021, they must be updated to version 7.4 prior to that date to ensure security, compatiblity and the latest performance enhancements.
Finally, some web hosting companies offer PHP legacy support options, including IONOS, our prefered webhosting partner. While this allows you to run 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 because of the additional risk involved.
The best and safest solution is to update your website to the latest, supported version of PHP!
WE CAN HELP: If you need assistance in updating your site's PHP code or have questions, please Contact Us.