WordPress and Toolset Increase PHP Requirement to PHP 7+
WordPress 6.3 will drop support for PHP 5.6 and raise the minimum supported version to PHP 7.0. To deliver even greater performance and stability, we’re doing the same for the next Toolset release.
More About the PHP Requirement Update
Set for August 8th, 2023, WordPress 6.3 adds new features and discontinues PHP 5.6 support, bringing up the requirement to PHP 7+.
In line with WordPress 6.3, the next release of Toolset’s suite of plugins will drop PHP 5.6 support. You can expect the new version of Toolset with the updated PHP requirements around the same time as WordPress 6.3.
Here’s why the move from PHP 5.6 to PHP 7 matters:
- Superior performance – PHP 7 and later versions supercharge your website with faster loading times and improved efficiency.
- Better website security – Upgrading to PHP 7+ helps guard against potential vulnerabilities.
- Optimized memory management – Newer versions of PHP provide optimized memory usage. This translates to your website running more smoothly, even when handling complex tasks.
How This PHP Update Affects You
Already running on PHP 7 or newer? You’re good to go and don’t need to do anything!
For websites still operating on PHP 5.6, we strongly recommend you update to PHP 7 or a newer version as soon as possible.
Not Sure What PHP Version You’re Running or How to Upgrade?
You can check what PHP version you’re running using the Site Health feature in WordPress. From your WordPress admin area, navigate to Tools → Site Health, and click on the Info tab. Under the Server section, you will find your current PHP version.
If you need to upgrade your PHP version, how you do it depends on who you host with. We recommend you reach out to them, as most web hosts are more than happy to upgrade your WordPress PHP version for you.
Some hosting providers offer a straightforward method to upgrade your PHP version directly from your hosting control panel.
Here’s an example of how you can do this using cPanel’s MultiPHP Manager page:
What Happens If You Can’t Upgrade
We understand that you may not be able to update your PHP version immediately.
If that’s the case for your site, you can continue using WordPress 6.2.2 and Toolset 1.6.7. Both versions are highly stable and fully compatible with PHP 5.6.
We Want to Hear From You
Moving from PHP 5.6 to PHP 7+ in both WordPress 6.3 and the upcoming version of Toolset aims to boost your website’s performance, security, and efficiency.
We’d love to hear your thoughts. Which PHP version is your site running on? Feel free to share in the comments section below!