In technical terms, PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language. Much of its syntax is borrowed from C, Java, and Perl with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown in. The goal of the language is to allow web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly. In other words, depending on the HTML files you manage in your web files, the PHP version might affect the functionality of the site.
As of late September/early October 2022, we require our customers using our hosting services to update their PHP version to '8.1' or 'Always Use Current' for your and our security. Regularly updating and using the recent version of PHP is crucial to keeping your site and our servers safe.
Benefits of upgrading your sites to the latest PHP version include:
Better security: Older PHP versions can be more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Improved performance: Upgraded PHP can improve load times through internal code improvements and reduced memory usage.
More support: Currently supported versions have active support, with regular bug fixes and security patches.
Ultimately, your website will be faster and more secure when it’s running on the latest version of PHP.
*Note: Before making any updates to PHP 8.1 or 'Always Use Current' make sure your sites plugin or themes are compatible with the update otherwise you could break your site*