How to change the PHP version in your Cpanel on Bluehost
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Bluehost – How to change the PHP version for your website tutorial

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

It is important to keep your website PHP version updated, the latest versions have the best security features.

Bluehost sets a PHP version for your site when you open an account with them, it might not be the latest version. I show you how to check what version your site currently has and how to upgrade it.

I remember when I started blogging, I had no idea what PHP was or how to check it, it is easy to check and upgrade your version.

Let’s get started.

Log into to your Bluehost Cpanel

First, we need to get access to the Bluehost Cpanel. Go to your login page and enter your details.

Here is my login page.

Bluehost Cpanel login page

From here, click on ‘Advanced’ in the menu on the left.

Select the 'Advanced' option

Then you arrive at the Bluehost Cpanel dashboard.

Go to ‘Software

To change the PHP version, go to ‘Software’ on your dashboard. Scroll down the page to find ‘Software’ or you can type ‘PHP’ into the search bar.

Select MultiPHP manager

Select ‘MultiPHP manager

In ‘Software’, select ‘MultiPHP Manager’.

MultiPHP manager

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

How to change the PHP version

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

Like this.

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

From the screenshot above, there are four PHP versions to choose from.

Select the PHP version you want to upgrade to, then click on the ‘Apply’ link.

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

Check your website after changing the PHP version

After you have upgraded, I recommend going to your website to check that everything is working as it should. If there are issues, go back to your Cpanel and revert to the previous version.

Why should you change the PHP version?

It is important to keep your PHP version updated. The latest versions are supported and have patches to resolve security vulnerabilities. Your site will run smoother and faster.

Can you check the PHP version without going into your Cpanel?

There is a WordPress plugin that displays your site’s current PHP version on your WordPress dashboard. The plugin is ‘Display PHP version’. You can install it from the WordPress plugin library.

How to change the PHP version video tutorial


Bluehost will set 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 makes it easy for you to check and upgrade the PHP version for your Bluehost website. PHP versions are supported for two years, therefore, it is important to make sure your site has the latest version.

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

Backing up your site is also extremely important. If you don’t, you run the risk of losing all your work. If you haven’t backed up your site yet and would like to. Check out my ‘how to backup your WordPress site‘ post.

Frequently asked questions

How do I upgrade my PHP?

You can upgrade your PHP version in your hosting Cpanel. In my post, I show you how to do this in Bluehost’s Cpanel.

What is the latest version of PHP?

At the time of writing this answer in October 2019, the latest version of PHP is 7.3. This version will receive security support until 6 December 2021.

How do I know which PHP version I am using?

You can find out what version you are using through your hosting Cpanel.

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