WordPress announced that they will be discontinuing support for PHP 5.6 and 7.0. While it is tempting to ignore something like this, it is actually a huge deal. Not updating your PHP can create an entry point for hackers to input malicious code into your website. If you have questions about this PHP update, we have answers! Check out our mini FAQ below.
If you currently or have worked with us in the past and are curious about whether or not your website needs updating, feel free to contact us.
What is PHP?
PHP is the programming language used to develop most modern websites. The code allows websites to pull data from different modules to create a web page.
Why is updating PHP important?
An outdated PHP leaves you susceptible to hackers putting malware and viruses in your website’s code. This can result in your website crashing and/or hackers holding your website hostage in exchange for money. If you process orders on your website, hackers can steal your customer’s personal or payment information.
How do I know if my PHP needs to be updated?
Login to your current hosting provider. There should be a menu item labelled PHP Settings, PHP Version Manager, or something similar. This is where you can view your PHP version. If it is 5.6 or 7.0, then you need to update before December 1st. If your PHP is greater than 7.0, then no further action is needed.
If you don’t feel comfortable or need assistance finding this information, we can help!
What happens if I update the PHP myself?
You can risk breaking your website or certain functionalities. We highly recommend consulting a professional before updating it yourself
If I’m not a programmer or I don’t know one, will you help me?
We’re always happy to help! We can assess your current PHP version, update it if needed, and fix anything that may break as a result of the upgrade. Contact us if you need help!