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 PHP support has noticeably improved in recent times. Currently, I’m pleased to report that most web hosting companies are offering PHP 7.3 version support.

Here are the latest PHP recommendations as of August 2019

WordPress
Version 7.3 or Higher

Drupal
Drupal 8 – Version 7.2 or Higher

Joomla
Version 7.1 and Above

Web Hosting Company Highest PHP Versions as of August 2019

Web HostPHP Version
 A2 Hosting 7.3
 Bluehost 7.3
 DreamHost 7.3
 FastComet 7.3
 GoDaddy 7.3
 GreenGeeks 7.3
 Hostinger 7.3
 InMotion Hosting 7.3
 InterServer 7.3
 iPage 7.3
 Jaguar PC 7.3
 Liquid Web 7.3
 Namecheap 7.3
 Pressable 7.3
 SiteGround 7.3
 Web Hosting Hub 7.3
 WP Engine 7.3
 Flywheel 7.2
 HostGator 7.2
 Media Temple 7.2

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.

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.

25 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.

  4. Well bad news for me. I’m the guy who has iPage and just built out my site with Divi and can’t add Woocommerce without getting a server error. Pretty sure this is a PHP issue, but this isn’t my bag.

      • Nope – it’s 7.1. That’s the max ver through the cPanel php selector. Shocking, I know.

        If you ask their support (if you can actually speak to their support) for 7.2+ they offer you an .htaccess code which doesn’t work with CMS – for example WordPress.

        (I’ve been on support with them ALL day.)

        Happy to give lots more details, including screenshots.

        • Well, that sucks! Exactly which hosting plan do you have with HostGator? Shared Hosting (Business, Baby, Hatchling)?

          • Hostgator support said that them admins are deployng them updates, but did not give me any time window. they also said that when done, 7.3 will be available.

  5. I am from the Administration team at Bravenet, responsible for the PHP Hosting platform for Bravenet, and thought I’d mention where we are at.

    Currently the latest we offer is PHP 7.3.9, (in addition to 7.2.22, 7.1.32). Soon to be 7.3.10, 7.2.23 probably next week if the rpm builds test ok.

    (Also have a build of 7.4RC for our hosting platform, but won’t be available until the 7.4.0 release).

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