Higher levels of PHP

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by davideo » Sun May 06, 2018 10:57 am
I've got a crashed WordPress website that WordPress is unable to restore because my PHP level is 4.4.9, and they require 7.0 or above to be able to transfer files. I modified my .htaccess file as directed in this forum to call for 5.6, 5.3 and 5.0, but none of them made a difference. As far as I can tell from this forum, PHP 7.0 isn't supported by Sonic.

Support today was unable to confirm today whether that was true or not. I'd appreciate hearing from Sonic operations staff, or anyone informed as to these matters, what would be needed to add PHP 7.0 to my site.


by joemuller » Mon May 07, 2018 1:19 pm

All the core functionality of Wordpress should be available using PHP 5.6. We do not have PHP 7.x available at the moment, but it is on the radar.

For quick-reference purposes, here's what you'll want to make sure is at the top of your .htaccess (that's a 'dot', followed by 'htaccess' for the name) file:

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AddHandler php-cgi .php
Action php-cgi /cgi-bin/php56

If you've been moving the site around between directories or services, you may want to check the following Wordpress support page:


Best of luck!
I'm a proud employee of Sonic.net! :-)
by malloys » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:35 am
Hey Sonic support,

I realize this is an 10-month old thread but...

Any update (specifically, a target date) on Sonic's plans for the availability of PHP 7.3?

The WordPress folks have this to say about previous version's insecurity:

And, to confirm, my WordPress dashboard indicates the following:

"PHP Update Required"
"WordPress has detected that your site is running on an insecure version of PHP."

FWIW, I'm currently running PHP 5.5, but I'm sure that upgrading to 5.6 will not eliminate the warning message. A 7.x version is required.

So, any update on the target date for PHP 7.x availability?

Thanks much.
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