I show you step by step how to upgrade your current PHP version in Hostgator. I also show you how to check your current PHP version.
If you are not technical, don’t worry, follow my guide and you can upgrade your PHP version in a few minutes.
Let’s get started.
- Log into your Hostgator Cpanel
- How to check your current PHP version
- How to update your PHP version in Hostgator
- Check your website after upgrading PHP versions
- How to upgrade your PHP version video tutorial
- Frequently asked questions
Log into your Hostgator Cpanel
First, log into your Hostgator Cpanel account. This is the login page.
After you log in, you come to your Cpanel dashboard.
On your dashboard, look for the ‘Software’ section. You can scroll down the page, or, you can select the ‘Software’ link in the main menu on the left.
How to check your current PHP version
In the ‘Software’ section, select the ‘PHP selector’ icon.
Next, you come to this page.
The folder you need is ‘Public_HTML’. Click on that folder to find your website’s current PHP version.
Your current PHP version is shown in the drop-down window. In my example, the current PHP version is 7.0.
How to update your PHP version in Hostgator
To update your PHP version, click on the down arrow in the drop-down menu. In that menu, select the version you want to upgrade to.
Hostgator has two options for me, I can stay with PHP 7.0 or upgrade to PHP 7.1. I am going to upgrade to PHP 7.1. To upgrade, select the version in the menu and click on the ‘Update’ link.
After you click on ‘Update’, you get this confirmation message.
If you return to the previous page, you can see confirmation of your current PHP version.
As of March. 2020, the latest PHP version is 7.3. I no longer use Hostgator, therefore, I am unable to check if they have PHP 7.3 available.
Check your website after upgrading PHP
After upgrading your PHP version, I recommend you visit your site to check that upgrading PHP versions hasn’t caused issues with your site.
I checked my site after upgrading, everything is working fine.
How to upgrade your PHP version video tutorial
Now you can check and upgrade your PHP version in Hostgator. I no longer host with Hostgator, therefore, I am unable to check if they have the latest PHP 7.3 version available to their customers.
If you follow my step by step guide, you can check if PHP 7.3 is available for your site. It is good practice to upgrade your PHP version, it ensures you have the latest security releases.
If you have a hosting with Bluehost, I have a ‘How to upgrade the PHP version in Bluehost’s Cpanel‘ post.
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Frequently asked questions
You can update your version of PHP in your Cpanel.
The latest version of PHP at the time of writing this post is 7.3.
No, PHP 7.0 is no longer supported.
You can’t update your PHP version in WordPress. You update it in your hosting Cpanel.
Cpanel layouts differ from company to company, contact your hosting company to confirm your current PHP version.