PHP Update Required
WordPress has detected that your site is running on an insecure version of PHP.
What is PHP and how does it affect my site?
PHP is the programming language we use to build and maintain WordPress. Newer versions of PHP are both faster and more secure, so updating will have a positive effect on your site’s performance.
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Although "SEO" is its primary function, one can choose not to enable that and just use the file editor (and then disable the plugin if you're that concerned about it, despite it's being available from WP itself). If you're really worried about it you can use one of the other two methods for editing the file that are described in the article that I linked.ankh wrote:
SEO -- "search engine optimization"
Are you confident that this isn't an advertising tool that takes advantage of the vulnerable version of PHP to install itself and pretend to be updating your page?
It claims to be used to drive traffic to your website.
OK, sonny (I'm 73) there is one copy of the .htaccess file in each WordPress installation's configuration. That's what is pointing to the old PHP and you need to edit it to point to the new PHP 7. The SEO plugin just happens to make that easier by providing an editor that loads .htaccess for you.ankh wrote:
So is there one PHP installation for all users, or a separate PHP file -- either one for each user or one for each website
Please explain like I'm 70. Where is the thing that has to be changed to make these PHP installation nag warnings stop popping up? And whose responsibility is it to change it? And step by step, how?