I was told to "go on the Forum" yesterday LOL
So was I, on Monday. On the phone, the tech support person promised to forward my questions up the chain. The person who might know more about the PHP schedule was out of the office, but supposed to be back in yesterday. No answer yet.
In the meantime I signed up with BlueHost. They seem to be focusing on Wordpress sites and do have updated PHP. The 1-year introductory signup rate is pretty attractive.
Which is a shame, since I would like to give Sonic the new business. I've been a customer for a very long time.