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 PHP support has noticeably improved in recent times. Currently, the majority of web hosts below are supporting PHP 7.3. And, all but one host is offering at least 7.2 support.
Here are the latest PHP recommendations as of April 2019
Version 7.3 or Higher
Drupal 8 – Version 7.2 or Higher
Version 7.1 and Above
Web Hosting Company Highest PHP Versions as of April 2019
|Web Host||PHP Version|
|Web Hosting Hub||7.3|
*Not all Bluehost users may have access to 7.3 at this time.
**WP Engine is now beginning the process of rolling out 7.3.
It’s important here to note that although it’s usually preferable to have a higher version of PHP, there are exceptions. For example, in some situations, there could be a compatibility issue with a higher version.
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.