If you have an outdated PHP version, you may receive a notification in the backend of WooCommerce. The PHP version can be updated at the server level, or via your hosting provider.

What is PHP?

PHP is a scripting language that probably controls your WooCommerce webshop. PHP, like all software, is updated over time to correct security issues and improve their functions. That is why, as with other software, it is important to keep your PHP version up-to-date.

How do you update the PHP version?

Hosting provider

The PHP version can only be updated by your hosting provider. Indicate clearly in this request that it is a PHP update in connection with a protocol of an API link. The upgrade process is a simple process and should be something that your hosting provider can do for you without reviewing your website or asking you for a fee. Here is an example letter that you can send to your hosting company:

Dear host,

I’m running a WooCommerce webshop on one of your servers and WooCommerce has recommended using at least PHP 5.6. WordPress, the content management system that WooCommerce uses, has listed PHP 7 as the recommended version on n their requirements page: https://wordpress.org/about/requirements/

Can you please let me know if my hosting supports PHP 5.6 or higher and how I can upgrade?

Looking forward to your reply.

VPS server

Do you have a VPS (Virtual Private Server)? View the article: Update PHP version of VPS.

Are you stuck?

If you cannot resolve this with your hosting provider if you have additional questions about the PHP version, please contact us at support@woosa.nl.
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