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You can easily upgrade or update your server's version of PHP using the EasyApache 4 tool in WHM (Web Host Manager). In this tutorial we will show walk you through the update/upgrade steps. If you came here from our article on how to pass PCI compliance scans, outdated versions of PHP are a common thing that can cause your website to fail a PCI scan. So understanding how to update PHP on your own using EasyApache in WHM is great knowledge to have in order to help keep your website PCI compliant.

Upgrading PHP with EasyApache

  1. Log into WHM as the "root" user.
  2. In the search box type 'easy' then click the EasyApache 4 option.
  3. Click the Customize button next to Currently Installed Packages.
  4. Click the PHP Versions link.

    You will then see your installed packages listed. If a PHP version is updatable it will have an Update switch already turned on.

  5. To install additional PHP versions, click the slider next to the options. In this example, I am installing PHP 7.1.
  6. Click the Review button once you have chosen which packages to update/install.

    You will then see a message stating "Preparing selected packages for review …" This may take several minutes to complete.

  7. The Review page will list all the changes you are about to make. Scroll to the bottom, and click the Provision button to proceed.

    The provision process will then begin. This may take several minutes to complete.

  8. You are finished when you see a message stating "The provision process is complete." Click the Done button to return to the main EasyApache 4 page.

Congratulations, now you know how to update and upgrade the PHP version on your server!

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n/a Points
2018-12-04 6:34 am

I cannot find php version in my cpanel and i really want to upgrade it.. can you help me with that?


10,911 Points
2018-12-04 11:21 am
Check and see if you have the PHP Configuration button under the "Software" section in cPanel. There you will be able to see and switch between PHP versions.
n/a Points
2018-10-22 4:13 pm

Hi, I have a question, do you need to restart Apache after instalation? Thanks in advance

3,665 Points
2018-10-22 8:10 pm
Nope, a restart is not necessary. This is thanks to the EA4 interface!
n/a Points
2018-07-19 11:38 am

Thank you so much for this info!

31,475 Points
2018-07-19 12:16 pm
We are so happy it helped! Let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you,

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