PHP Version Selector Select the default PHP Version and install Modules or modify initialization Settings.
You can locate your PHP selector in your cPanel PROGRAMMING section:
PHP is a popular web programming language that is constantly evolving and we offer versions 5.6, 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 and we run hardened versions of PHP so even older versions reach end of life for official PHP support you can confidently run older applications knowing they are patched for security.
If you are running Application Scripts written in PHP programming language such as Wordpress or Drupal or Opencart those application developers will specify minimum PHP "Version" and sometimes additional "Module" or "Option " requirements for their application to run properly. It is up to you to keep your PHP settings updated and compatible for the applications you install on your server.
PHP VERSIONS: By default your server will run native 5.6 or will display its current default verson. You can click on the PHP version link to view Version Menu and once selected click the "Set as current" link to set it to the new default.
PHP EXTENSION MODULES: Below each PHP Version will display all of the available Modules that you enable by clicking on the open checkbox or disable by clicking on checked box. Some applications may require a specific Database Connector Module or a pdf generator Module or they will error. We load a default set of Modules that permit the majority of Applications to work but you may need to enable additional Modules depending on the requirements defined by your Application. Note some older applications may require mbstring to be enabled in order to run. Check with your specific Application provider for assistance.
PHP SETTING OPTIONS: Each PHP Version also allows you to modify its Option Settings such as error logging or max post size or to allow _url_fopen etc. Click the "Switch to PHP options" button to view options mode.
These are advanced options must be controlled via the Selector that allow additional control and also preset to our defaults and will work out of the box in most cases. Keep in mind some limits are set as Global Defaults and although you can set a lower value you will not be able to exceed the default value on our shared servers.
Every customer has different application requirements and as your application are updated you may eventually need to update your PHP version to keep them up to date and secure. In most cases your script will provide an on screen error of what is missing or you can check your error.php log in the application folder to gain additional insight. Once common error we see is scripts that require mbstring module stop working if its not enabled or the wrong mysql connector is selected for the version being use.
Lowesthosting.com can only provide limited support for third party applications. If you require assistance please open a support ticket and provide the Application Name, Path to the Script, Script Version if known and Method used for testing ie: i go to page mydomain.com/store and the date block in upper right is not working . or I log into mydomain.com/store/admin using login x and password but it displays missing mysql_pdo
If running the newer version of php causes an issue with your script you can revert it back using the same procedure. Also remember to clear your browser file cache after each php version change.