We will be changing the default PHP version on our shared servers from PHP 5.6 to PHP 7.3 as the current default PHP 5.6 version is now
end-of-life and many new software packages and scripts now require PHP 7.
If your sites use PHP 5.6 then the version will be upgraded to PHP 7.3, if your sites use any other PHP version then these won’t be affected.
Recent WordPress versions now mention that our current default PHP version is out of date, we recommend staying on this version until the
upgrade unless you have a plugin or theme that absolutely requires a higher version.
We will further information giving dates and times of the upgrades. The upgrades will be done on a
PHP 7.3 is available now, you can check your site(s) are PHP 7.3 compatible by adding the following code to a .htaccess file:
AddType application/x-httpd-php73 .php
The current PHP 5.6 version will still be available after the upgrade.
If you need to stay on this version after the upgrade, please add the following code to a .htaccess file:
AddType application/x-httpd-php56 .php
If you have any queries about this upgrade please let us know.