PHP 5.6 – originally launched over 4 years ago in August 2014 will reach end of life on the 31st December 2018. After this point, it will no longer receive security updates and should, therefore, no longer be used. The newer PHP 7.0, dating back to December 2015, will reach end of life even sooner – the 3rd December 2018.
All the commonly used PHP scripts such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento and Drupal have offered compatibility with PHP 7.2 for some time now. As an added bonus, you’re also likely to see a significant speed increase by making the switch. It’s also very easy to do.
We have a handy guide, here.
If your website is currently set to ‘inherit’ the system default version, it will switch to using 7.2 automatically on Monday 26th November 2018. If this causes any problem with your website, you’ll be able to revert the change by following the above guide. You will then need to make sure you make updates to your website to allow compatibility with PHP 7.2. On 31st December 2018 PHP 5.6 and 7.0 will be removed as an option. To avoid the automatic change, or to change early, you can select the version you wish to use in advance.
As always, if you have any queries about this, please get in touch.