Your hosting company will set a default PHP version for you. Most of the time this works great, but if you need to change the default, here is a beginner’s guide on how to change the PHP version in your Cpanel on Bluehost.
In your Cpanel, there is a PHP version manager. Using this manager allows you to change PHP versions in Bluehost.
Let’s get started.
- Log into to your Bluehost Cpanel
- Find the software section
- Select MultiPHP manager
- How to change your PHP version
- Check your website after changing the PHP version
- Why do I need to change my PHP version?
- Can I check my PHP version without going into my Cpanel?
- How to change the PHP version video tutorial
- Frequently asked questions
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.
Now we have our main dashboard. From here, we click on advanced in the menu on the left.
Now we come to our Cpanel.
Find the Software section
The section we are looking for is called ‘Software’. You can scroll down the page to find ‘Software’, or you can type ‘PHP’ into the search bar at the top.
Select MultiPHP manager
The icon we need to change our PHP version is ‘MultiPHP Manager’ under the ‘Software’ section.
Select that icon and we come to this.
I have one website hosted with Bluehost. It is listed at the bottom. The list also tells me my current PHP version. My website has PHP 7.2.
How to change your PHP version
If I want to change the PHP version for this site. I select my site and then choose a PHP version from the drop-down menu on the right.
From the screenshot, we can see that I have four PHP versions to choose from.
I am going to select PHP version 7.3 for this site. Once I have made my choice, I click on the blue ‘Apply’ link.
Now my site PHP version is 7.3.
Check your website after changing the PHP version
I would recommend you test your website to make sure everything works after version changes.
I think Bluehost had my site on PHP version 7.2 because it is more stable than 7.3.
Why do I need to change my 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.
Last month, one of my websites went offline displaying a message that I needed to update my PHP version for WordPress to work.
I went into my Cpanel, updated my PHP version, my site came back online.
Can I check my PHP version without going into my Cpanel?
There is a WordPress plugin that displays your site PHP version on your WordPress dashboard.
This plugin is called ‘Display PHP version’. You can install it from the WordPress plugin library, or from WordPress.org.
How to change the PHP version video tutorial
If you are with a good hosting company, then they will probably have you on a recent version of PHP.
When a version of PHP is released, it is only supported for two years, so it is important to keep your version updated.
If you don’t want to go into your Cpanel to check your PHP version, install the display plugin. Once you have checked your version, you can delete the plugin.
If you want to know how to change the PHP version in your Cpanel on Bluehost, follow my tutorial step by step. You will have the latest version for your site in less than a minute.
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
You can upgrade your PHP version in your hosting Cpanel. In my post, I show you how to do this in Bluehost’s Cpanel.
At the time of writing this answer on October 2019, the latest version of PHP is 7.3. This version will receive security support until 6 December 2021.
You can find out what version you are using through your hosting Cpanel.
If you are with another hosting company and would like a tutorial, leave me a comment, I will post a tutorial for you.
When was the last time you checked your PHP version?
What PHP version do you have on your site now?
I look forward to reading your comments.