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Updating default PHP version

by Judah Wright

The coming months mark the end of life for two popular versions of PHP, which the vast majority of the sites running with Server Canyon use.

What does this mean for me?

If your website is running with PHP versions 5.6 or 7.0, their end of life is coming up. See the Supported Versions page on the PHP website for more information. On January 1st, 2019 those versions of PHP will no longer be available to use, and you will be required to switch to a newer version.

How do I prepare for this update?

If you are like most of the Server Canyon clients you are probably using WordPress. Luckily WordPress supports the latest and greatest versions of PHP. The important thing to note is if your site relies on third party plugins and themes, you want to make sure they are up to date. If they are not your site may not be usable.

How can I tell if my site is PHP 7.1+ ready?

This is the easy bit. Here are the instructions:

  1. Simply log into your websites cPanel account by visiting “” and entering your login information. If you do not know your login information, reach out to Server Canyon via our support page.
  2. Scroll down to the “MultiPHP Manager” link and go to that page.
  3. Select all of the domains you wish to change the default PHP version on, select the appropriate version from the dropdown menu, and click “Apply.”
  4. If your website still works, congrats! You are all set! If not, revert the changes then be sure your plugins and themes are up to date before trying again. If you need help you can always contact support.

What happens if I take no action?

On December 12th, 2018 all websites that have not manually set their default PHP version to any of PHP 7.1, 7.2, or 7.3 (which will release soon) will be automatically updated to PHP 7.1. If your site breaks during this update you may revert to either PHP 5.6 or 7.0 to troubleshoot.

On January 1st, 2019, versions 5.6 and 7.0 will no longer be available. It is important to make sure your website is up to date before this date to prevent any chance of downtime.

Can I get help with my update?

Yes! Server Canyon is partnering up with Modular Industries to help clients who would rather not deal with any of this stay up to date.

A one-time checkup for your site to make sure it is PHP 7.1 ready will cost a flat rate of $75. If your site requires updates to be ready Modular Industries will make a custom plan for your website to help bring it up to date. For more information visit their website!