What to do if my Site Does Not Support Newer Versions of PHP
My sites don’t work with newer versions of PHP; what can I do?
Many popular website platforms use PHP for rendering their content. It’s common for these sites to have automatic update tools to ensure that they work with the latest PHP version; however, sometimes, a theme or plugin for these services may prevent them from updating or may not work with a newer version of PHP.
- Attempt to Update Your Website
- Contact a Developer
- Design a New Site
- Migrate to a Platform that Allows End of Life PHP Versions
If you are able to test and identify that your sites do not work with a newer version of PHP, you may consider checking multiple options below to fix it.
Many platforms, such as WordPress, can be updated to versions that are compatible with the most up-to-date versions of PHP. The first step may be as simple as attempting to update your website from the dashboard. Please remember to take a backup before making any changes so that the site can be restored to its previous state if it experiences any issues while upgrading.
Either your web developer or another web developer may be able to assist you with updating your website to be compliant with a modern secure version of PHP. The Developer who originally built your site is likely to have the best chance of resolving the issue quickly and effectively.
Another valid option is to design a new site, using the opportunity to provide your visitors with a fresh experience that uses a modern PHP version. Bluehost offers a variety of tools to build a website from scratch that will work on your new service.
Additionally, it is possible to get third-party developers to rebuild your site for you.
We understand that it may be a challenge to update your site to be compliant with modern PHP versions. If there is no way to update or rebuild your site to be compliant with your updated service, it is possible to migrate your content to another service provider that has PHP 7.0 to 7.2 available.
If you are unable to find a provider that explicitly offers this option, it is possible to get a VPS or dedicated server that will allow you to control the software environment on which you host your website.