PHP 7.3 is here, and it's faster than ever!

PHP 7.3 is here, and it's faster than ever!

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PHP 7.3 is now available and WHC is upgrading the native PHP version for web hosting accounts to PHP 7.2 starting May 2. We recommend you check your current PHP configuration and set the newest PHP version that works for your website before May 2 to avoid any unexpected issues.

Starting May 2, 2019, WHC is standardizing the native PHP configurations across all Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and Managed WordPress Hosting accounts to use PHP version 7.2, replacing PHP 5.6 and 7.0.

We’re also making the newest version of PHP, 7.3, available to all users. You can activate PHP 7.3 today by switching your PHP version.

PHP is a scripting language that powers most dynamic websites, like those using WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. Newer version of PHP ensure you continue to benefit from PHP’s security and maintenance updates. They’re also considerably faster than previous versions.

For most of you, changing the system’s native PHP configuration will not actually change your website’s PHP version. This is because most accounts use a version of PHP that’s explicitly set in your control panel, under Select PHP Version. If you have any PHP version selected other than native, you will not be impacted by this change. Otherwise, we recommend you explicitly set the version of PHP that your website should use before May 2, 2019.

If you choose to change your PHP version to a more recent version, please test your website thoroughly after making the switch. While older versions are generally safely supported (going as far back as PHP 5.2 and earlier), we always recommend using the newest available PHP versions for best features, stability and performance.

In case of problems after making a change, don’t worry! Switching your PHP version back to another version is just as simple and can be done in just a few clicks, so any changes you make won’t do permanent damage.

If you have questions about this change or experience issues after changing your PHP version, consider getting in touch with your website’s developer or contact WHC’s 24/7 support. We’re here to help!

Warm regards,
WHC Team

About the author: Emil Falcon

Emil is WHC's Founder and CEO. When he’s not busy obsessing about things such as optimizing workflows or enhancing system performance, security and reliability, he’s spearheading initiatives that can help entrepreneurs and businesses succeed across Canada.

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