In fact, Kinsta’s PHP benchmarks showed PHP 7.4 was almost 3x faster than PHP 5.6. When upgrading PHP versions is as simple as logging into your hosting account and clicking a couple buttons, there’s no reason to run an outdated PHP version like many WordPress users do.
Why You Should Upgrade PHP Versions
- Makes your site faster
- Makes your site more secure
- Facilitates better error handling
- WordPress recommends PHP 7.3 or greater
- WooCommerce recommends PHP 7.2 or greater
WordPress statistics show nearly 50% of WordPress users still use PHP 7.0 or lower:
1. Check Your Current PHP Version
The easiest way to check your current PHP version is in your hosting account.
Find the PHP version manager (or similar) and check which version you’re currently on:
You can also use the Display PHP Version plugin:
Or use Query Monitor:
This article was written by Tom Dupuis and originally published on Tom Dupuis.