Your Site Could be Faster and More Secure with a Newer PHP Version

WordPress Optimization by RankYa

Today, while creating a brand new course for RankYa Fans, I got this warning message in my WordPress Dashboard

Your Site Could be Faster and More Secure with a Newer PHP Version

If you are also seeing this WordPress Dashboard warning message and want to change the PHP Version on your Web Hosting cPanel, then simply follow these steps:

Contact your web hosting company to get them to change it for you as most modern web hosting companies will do that at no charge to you to keep you as their customer happy. But if you want to tackle it yourself, then do this:

  1. Login to Your Web Hosting Account
  2. Locate ‘Select PHP Version’
  3. Note Down Current PHP Version (because you can always revert back if something goes wrong)
  4. Change PHP Version to 7.0 (or 5.6)
  5. Save Changes
  6. Visit Your Website and double check if all is okay (if not revert back to previous PHP Version)

Options for Changing to Newer PHP Version 7.0 in Crazy Domains Web Hosting

Login to Your Crazy Domains Web Hosting Account (here’s )

Selecting PHP Version Crazy Domains Web Hosting Setting

Then change to desired PHP Version (preferably the Version 7.0 as ) and set as default

PHP version selection option Crazy Domains Web Hosting Account

Options for Changing PHP Version in GoDaddy Web Hosting

For GoDaddy Linux Self Hosted WordPress sites (depending on your web hosting package you signed up for, you may not have Version 7.0 available, if so, set it to  5.6 at minimum)

PHP Version GoDaddy Web Hosting Setting

Options for Changing to Newer PHP Version 7.0 in DreamHost Web Hosting

  1. Login to
  2. Domains > Manage Domains > Web Hosting (Edit)
  3. Locate Web Options and change to PHP 7.0 FastCGI

Selecting PHP Version Dreamhost Web Hosting Setting

Video Tutorial for Fixing Your Site Could be Faster and More Secure with a Newer PHP Version Message in WordPress CMS Dashboard

As with all software, they get updated often as technology evolves, PHP is no different, so if your web hosting allows you the option to change the PHP Version your WordPress site is built upon, then upgrade it because it is better and faster for processing.

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Author: RankYa

RankYa: Online Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Google AdWords and Google Analytics Certified Professional. Specialist in: SEO, Website Optimization, WordPress, Structured Data, JSON-LD, Microdata, Microformats, RDF, Schema.org Vocabulary, HTML5, Advanced Image Optimization, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Webmaster Guidelines, Social Media Marketing, Facebook marketing and YouTube video ranking mastery.

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