Impact of PHP Updates on your WordPress Sites

Many PHP users frequently ask me the question that how do the latest updates of PHP impact their WordPress sites. So I thought of covering this topic in a blog. This blog will help you in understanding how does the PHP updates from your web hosts impact your WordPress sites. There are many things that will create conflicts or downtime on your website. This article will help avoid those too.

The PHP updates by your web hosts mostly go smoothly, but if gone wrong, it will have a bad impact on your website. The smoothness of the update depends on you well your web host has configured your servers. If you use an unreliable web host for your WordPress site, it can cause an unexpected downtime on your website during or after the update. There is no proper solution to this issue other than migrating to a better host.

What should you do when your host updates PHP?

Most of the web hosts will be already hosting thousands of WordPress sites and so, they will take every precaution to make their customers feel happy and satisfied. They want their work to go smoothly. The first thing all the WordPress site owners must do is take a regular backup of your WordPress site. You can install an automatic backup solution or create a manual backup. The next thing is, make sure that you are running the latest version of WordPress. All your plugins and themes also have to be up-to-date. You can go to the Updates screen and check for the updates available and install the ones that are available. A PHP update won’t affect WordPress itself and most popular WordPress plugins, but some plugin may stop working. If something like this happens, you can contact the plugin author for support or find an alternative.

What should you do if a PHP update breaks your WordPress site?

This does not happen quite often. But if you have an abundance of free and paid plugins, a single line of poor code can result in an error. First of all, you have to make sure that it is not a plugin or theme causing this error. You can deactivate all your WordPress plugins and switch to a default WordPress theme to do this. If your problem is not solved by this, you can contact your web host’s support team. Most probably. They will be noticing your issue and they will be ready to assist you. If not, then try to install a fresh copy of WordPress and then restore your WordPress site from the backup. If all these plans fail, then you must change your WordPress hosting.

This is the impact that the PHP updates from your web host will impact your WordPress site. If you take a little care on these issues, then you can surely avoid the conflicts or downtime on your website.