Change php version htaccess wordpress

At some point, you might need to change the PHP version of your WordPress website, especially if you’re running on an old version.

Change php version htaccess wordpress

So, in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do that using .htaccess, which is a configuration file for servers that run on the Apache software.

Change the PHP version of your WordPress site using .htaccess

Before proceeding, back up your .htaccess file or your entire website, just to be extra safe!

Change php version htaccess wordpress

Also, if you’re doing this to permanently upgrade the PHP version of your WordPress website, find out if your web host, theme, and plugins support a higher version of PHP, such as 7+.

Step 1 – Access your site’s files

Here’s how to access and edit your WordPress website’s files.

Change php version htaccess wordpress

The .htaccess file should normally be in your WordPress website’s root folder – public_html.

Change php version htaccess wordpress

.htaccess in cPanel

Step 2 – Edit the .htaccess file

Open the .htaccess file for editing.

Change php version htaccess wordpress

If you’re in cPanel, right-click on it and select Edit or Code Edit.

Change php version htaccess wordpress

Editing .htaccess in cPanel

Step 3 – Add the code and save the file

I’ll give you several handlers to add, but you should stick to PHP 7+ (7.2 currently recommended) because it’s faster and more secure!

Add one of the below handlers right above the #BEGIN WordPress line in your .htaccess file.

Change php version htaccess wordpress

Change to PHP 7.3

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php73 .php

Change to PHP 7.2

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php72 .php

Change to PHP 7.1

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php71 .php

Change to PHP 7.0

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php70 .php

Change to PHP 5.6

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php56 .php

Change to PHP 5.5

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php55 .php

That’s a wrap

Hope you found the tutorial useful and managed to change the PHP version of your WordPress website using .htaccess!

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  • Previously I worked through an issue where my host’s server was running PHP 7.4, but my site was not using it, by editing the .htaccess file. That worked great for a while, but then reverted back.

    Upon closer examination I see the following in my .htaccess, which shows that the AddHandler is rewritten.

    I’ve looked through my php.ini (which appears to show 7.4) and done some searches that reference needing to update Apache to get this fixed.

    Can anyone provide some confirmation or alternatives to how to get WordPress to recognize the php version itself vs my manual edits of the .htaccess file?


    # BEGIN WordPress
    # The directives (lines) between "BEGIN WordPress" and "END WordPress" are
    # dynamically generated, and should only be modified via WordPress filters.
    # Any changes to the directives between these markers will be overwritten.
    AddHandler application/x-httpd-ea-php70 .php
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteRule .* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
    RewriteBase /site/
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /site/index.php [L]
    # END WordPress

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  • Can I change PHP version in htaccess?

    You can't change PHP version by . htaccess. you need to get your server updated, for PHP 5.3 or you can find another host, which serves PHP 5.3 on shared hosting.

    How do I change PHP version in WordPress?

    To update your WordPress site's PHP version, go to Sites and select the site you'd like to change the PHP version on. Then click on the Tools tab. Under PHP Engine click on the Modify button and select your preferred PHP version in the drop-down menu.

    How do I change my PHP version?

    Changing the PHP version.
    Navigate to the Manage Websites page..
    Click the Manage button to the right of your domain..
    Under the PHP section, click the Modify icon..
    Choose a version of PHP from the dropdown menu..
    Scroll down and click the Change PHP Version button to save your changes..

    How do I change my PHP version in WordPress cPanel?

    Login to cPanel account : ... .
    Scroll to the SOFTWARE section of the cPanel home screen, click Select PHP Version:.
    Select the PHP version from the drop down list:.
    Click Set as current to update the PHP version:.
    The PHP version is now updated to the latest version or selected version:.
    Return to WordPress..