How to change the PHP version in your Cpanel on Bluehost

In my post, I show you step by step how to change the PHP version in Bluehost for your website using your hosting Cpanel.

When you purchase hosting with Bluehost, they set a PHP version for your site I show you how to check what version your site currently has and how to upgrade it.

PHP versions are supported for two years, if your site does not have the latest release, it should be a supported version.

To view a list of supported PHP versions, go to www.php.net.

I remember when I started blogging, I did not know how to upgrade my PHP version. The process is simple to do.

Let’s get started.

Log into to your Bluehost Cpanel

First, you need to log into your Bluehost Cpanel.

Here is Bluehost’s login page.

Bluehost Cpanel login page

Once logged in, click on ‘Advanced’ in the menu on the left.

Select the 'Advanced' option

Here is the Cpanel dashboard in Bluehost.

Cpanel dashboard on Bluehost

Navigate to software

You can change the PHP version in ‘Software’ on your dashboard. Scroll down the page, or you can type ‘PHP’ into the search bar.

Navigate to software

Select ‘MultiPHP manager

In ‘Software’, select ‘MultiPHP Manager’.

MultiPHP manager

‘MultiPHP Manager’, enables you to check your current PHP version. I have one website hosted with Bluehost, my current PHP version for this site is PHP 7.2.

How to update the PHP version

To change the PHP version, select the site you want to upgrade and choose a PHP version from the drop-down menu on the right.

Select your site and then change the PHP version from the drop-down menu

From the screenshot above, there are four PHP versions.

Select the PHP version, then click on the ‘Apply’ link.

Once the PHP version has changed, the new version is displayed next to your site name.

Check your website after changing your PHP version

After you have upgraded, I recommend going to your website to check that everything is working.

The latest PHP version is not compatible with some websites, so once you have upgraded, check your site.

If there are issues, go back to your Cpanel and revert to the previous version.

How to change the PHP version video tutorial

Conclusion

Bluehost sets a PHP version for your website when you open an account with them. To check the PHP version for your site, go to your Cpanel and open ‘MultiPHP Manager’ in the ‘Software’ section.

My step by step tutorial shows you how to check and upgrade the PHP version for your Bluehost website. The process takes just a minute or two.

Each PHP version release has support for two years, to help keep your site secure, make sure you have a supported version running.

Before you return to your site to upgrade your PHP version, would you kindly leave me a comment? I would love to know if you found my post helpful. Did my blog post help you? Would you like me to go into more detail? I look forward to reading your comments.

Backing up your site is also extremely important. Without a backup, you risk losing all your work. To start, check out my ‘how to backup your WordPress site‘ post.

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