PHP Upgrades in 2023

Supported PHP Versions In 2023

By Sandra Ciminelli – Web Designer/Developer

Supported PHP Versions In 2023

Each year, it’s important for PHP developers to stay up-to-date with the latest information on supported PHP versions. PHP, stands for Hypertext Preprocessor, a widely-used server-side scripting language used for web development. ,he encouraging news is that PHP continues to expand and prosper, with frequent releases of new versions. Nevertheless, as with any technology, it is essential for developers and those who have a self-hosted WordPress website to discern which versions are still supported and which have already reached end-of-life (EOL). Staying informed is essential for keeping up with the ever-evolving and changing landscape of technology.

In this post, I’ll be taking a look at the PHP versions that will be officially supported in 2023, and will discuss what this means for website owners and developers.

Below you will be able to access information on the latest versions that are currently available, noting that the 7.4 release is reaching EOL by the end of 2023.

1. PHP 7.4 and earlier versions – No longer ‘actively’ supported.

PHP 7.4, has been one of the most widely used versions that has now reached the end of its ‘active’ support period in November 2022. This version will continue to have ‘security’ support until 26 Nov 2023. User of this version will no longer receive security updates or critical bug fixes beyond that date, which potentially creates vulnerabilities, exposing websites and applications using this and earlier versions to risks. Consider upgrading to a new supported version like 8.0 that is capable of providing the necessary security and performance enhancements.

2. PHP 8.0 – Released on 26 Nov. 2020 – Supported until November 26, 2025.

By 2023, developers and businesses are expected to adopt PHP 8.0 in large numbers. This version provides several benefits, such as the support timeline that lasts until November 26, 2025. This is great news for those who rely on PHP for their web applications and software projects, resting assured that PHP 8.0 will remain relevant and will be supported for years to come. PHP 8.0 will continue to be a reliable choice for web developers, providing them with the tools they need to create powerful and efficient websites and applications.

3. PHP 8.1 & PHP 8.2 Release Dates

  1. PHP 8.1 was released on 25 November 2021.
  2. PHP 8.2 was released on 8 December 2022.

Sources: More details about these supported versions can be found on the website, where a table is available listing all unsupported versions. See End Of Life Branches.

In conclusion, I recommend staying on top of the latest PHP releases. As time goes by, older versions become obsolete, posing greater security risks. As such, businesses should plan to upgrade to a newer available version for the latest features and enhancements, ensuring compatibility and security of their websites and applications.

How do I upgrade my PHP version?

Advanced users who are knowledgeable and confident:

  1. Changing the PHP of your website is often done in ‘cPanel > Security > PHP.

PHP Updates in 2023

2. When the PHP selector opens up, scroll down to ‘Current PHP version’,  using the drop down menu, select your new version of PHP and then click on ‘make current’. See diagram.

php selector

3. Check that your website is working fine. If not then change the PHP to a compatible working version of PHP.

Non-Technical Users:

it’s advisable to contact your Web Hosting Provider or your Web Developer to upgrade your PHP version on your behalf to a more secure, compatible and stable version.

Hi I’m Sandra, Get in touch with me for PHP help with your WordPress website. I’d love to be able to support you and your small business.

Sandra Ciminelli
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