All websites are running on code. On the server, a different programming language is likely running the scene, especially if you have a WordPress website. We are, of course, talking about PHP. Most of the things you see on both the front and back end of your WordPress site exist thanks to PHP. The same is true for any themes and plugins you may have installed. Because this programming language is so central to the WordPress platform, today we want to talk about something that many of us deal with too rarely: how to update the PHP version of your site. That might also contribute to the fact that PHP is one of the most popular languages for web development. It not only runs the scenes behind WordPress but is also a part of Facebook and other popular sites.
Why Update the PHP Version of Your WordPress Site?
PHP and WordPress
Upgrade to the highest version e. PHP 7. Use at your own risk. Otherwise, you have to find the problem. You need to find that plugin and delete it, or replace it with a plugin that is compatible.
PHP 5. Any sites previously set to these versions will continue to run them normally. However, it's highly recommended that you upgrade to PHP 7. A major issue with PHP 5. If you encounter issues, DreamHost Support is happy to assist. While PHP versions 7. You may see a warning message in your WordPress dashboard asking you to upgrade PHP if it still uses versions 7.
In this guide, we show how you can safely update PHP to the latest version, without breaking your WordPress site. First, you need to check what PHP version you are currently using. Please wait with updating until step 5 in this guide. If you are using PHP version 7. If you have PHP 7. Please continue to step 2. Make sure that WordPress core and all your themes and plugins are updated to the latest version. You are now ready to update PHP.