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Upgrading to PHP 8.0

In an ongoing effort to bring you the best products and services, we will be upgrading our servers to PHP 8.0.

Why are we upgrading the PHP version?

In addition to new optimizations and features, PHP 8.0 provides improved data processing, which can boost your site’s speed and performance. You will also gain increased security. Newer versions of PHP have frequent security updates to protect against unwanted hacks and vulnerabilities.

When will the PHP 8.0 upgrade happen?

We will begin slowly rolling out PHP 8.0 to accounts starting early March 2022. 

Do I need to do anything on my end?

No, not currently, but we recommend that you take advantage of all the benefits that running the newest PHP version provides. Before making any changes to your account, make sure to back up all your website files. You will also want to confirm if your website application, plugins, themes, etc., can run on PHP 8.0 before updating to the newer PHP version or if those items need to be updated, as well.

Important Note: You should back up all of your website files before performing the PHP version upgrade of your web installations.

Once PHP 8.0 is available on your current server, you can set your site to use PHP 8.0 by following the instructions in this article: How to Update the PHP Version.

If you wish to learn more about the available PHP versions on our servers, you can check this helpful guide What Version of PHP Are You Using?

What if the recent version of PHP doesn't work on my site?

We’ve put together a list of fixes for the most common errors. Please see the following articles for more information.

If you need help with these changes, please reach out to us via phone or chat to assist you.