What Version of PHP Does your Web Hosting Company Support?

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Web Hosting PHP Versions

If you’re using a content management system such as WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla for your website, you should be aware of what versions of PHP your web hosting company is supporting—and this information is even more important if you’re a developer. It’s very important that you use the currently recommended version of PHP specified by your CMS.

Because PHP 7 has proven to provide superior performance, I’m pleased to report that all of the hosting companies we looked at are now providing at least PHP 7.0 support. And, PHP 7.2 is now available from many hosts!

Here are the latest PHP recommendations as of January 2019

WordPress
Version 7.3 or Higher

Drupal
Drupal 8 – Version 7.2 or Higher

Joomla
Version 7.1 and Above

Also keep in mind that for better security, using suPHP is recommended for content management systems like WordPress and Joomla. For example, with suPHP, WordPress is run with your account username and not the default shared username of the server.

Use the information below to see the current highest version of PHP that is supported by each web hosting company—and whether or not suPHP is available.

Web Hosting Company Highest PHP Versions as of January 2019

Web HostPHP VersionsuPHP?
 InMotion Hosting 7.3 Yes
 SiteGround 7.3 Yes
 Web Hosting Hub 7.3 Yes
 A2 Hosting 7.2 Yes
 Liquid Web 7.2 Yes
 GreenGeeks 7.2 Yes
 Flywheel 7.2 Yes
 Jaguar PC 7.2 Yes
 Namecheap 7.2 Yes
 WP Engine 7.2 No
 DreamHost 7.2 No
 GoDaddy 7.2 No
 Bluehost 7.0/7.2 No
 HostGator 7.1 Yes
 iPage 7.1 No
 Media Temple 7.1 No

It’s important here to note that although it’s usually preferable to have a higher version of PHP and utilization of suPHP, there are exceptions. For example, in some situations, there could be a compatibility issue with a higher version. And, although suPHP provides better security, there is the possibility of a performance issue. That being said, those web hosts offering a higher version of PHP should also allow you to run lower versions. And the security of suPHP often makes it a better option.

For content management system developers and users, the key is to make sure you know exactly which PHP versions your web host is offering and their utilization methods. That way, you’ll be less likely to run into any unpleasant surprises down the road.

*This page will be continually updated.

**Be sure to bookmark this page to keep updated on what versions of PHP are supported by each web hosting company.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, my hosting provider (hostforlife.eu) has also support the newest PHP 5.6. But, the most important thing is my wordpress can run fine. The requirement for WordPress is PHP 5.4 above and they have supported it since last year. No problem so far

  2. Bluehost appears stuck on PHP 7.0.12, claiming, “that’s the latest stable version.”
    I’m not sure what’s going on over there… rude Tech Support today when I called to inquire about this.
    Time to find a new host!

        • Hi Michael,
          I’m on Bluehost shared hosting too, and I want to upgrade PHP to 7.2 (Single php.ini) from 5.6 (Single php.ini)..
          There is no option in cPanel > PHP Config for 7.2 … it shows only 7.0 Beta !!

          should I just add this handler in htaccess without changing anything in PHP Config ??
          AddHandler application/x-httpd-php72s .php

          Thanks.

          • Hi Raffi,

            Okay, I did some followup with Bluehost and according to them not all of their customer’s cPanels have been upgraded to include 7.2 yet.

            I would recommend you contact their Support before modifying your htaccess.

        • Dear Michael:
          It’s very frustrating to figure out what Blue Host is and is not doing. I’ve been with Blue Host for years. Just developed a new site in Drupal with a 3rd party developer — who told me they checked, and Blue Host only supports 7.0. I called Blue Host to confirm after reading your blog above. The SALES guy said they do have 7.2, so he transferred me to tech. TECH guy said something about not all shared hosting accounts have 7.2. He looked at mine and said he can only find 7.0 there, so I must not be on it. I had him go to this column you’ve written. He looked at the table and said – “see it says in the far right column, 7.2 is not supported.” He said suPHP? means “supports PHP?” So I guess I have to find a new web host.

          • Hi Ruth,

            Sorry to hear about your Bluehost experience. I reached out to one of my contacts there to get a definitive answer on what’s going on with PHP. I’ll just say that there is definitely a lot of confusion over there about PHP 7.2. It’s certainly disappointing.

            So, yes. If you need the latest PHP versions, try A2, SiteGround, or InMotion. They are usually the first ones to offer support for a new PHP version.

  3. GoDaddy recently implemented PHP 7.2 on their shared hosting. It wasn’t listed as an option last week, but today it was.

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