Upgrade to PHP7

PHP 7 is available for all Alpine Hosting Customers.

Improvements in PHP 7 over PHP 5.6 means signifigant security and performance increases for websites. In fact, it is estimated that PHP 7 offers a 100 percent improvement in speed over PHP 5.6. This major improvement allows website owners to offer thier visitors a website that provides the rapid response times that modern web users have come to expect.

It's easy to understand the primary reason web site owners will want to move to PHP 7:

SPEED!

For information about supported PHP versions see this page at PHP.net:

http://php.net/supported-versions.php

How to determine which version of PHP your website is using

If you have an Alpine Hosting plan you can find your PHP version in cPanel. You can login to cPanel from one of two ways:

  1. Login from the AlpineWeb Customer Backroom here:

    https://www.alpineweb.com/backroom/clientarea.php

  2. Login to cPanel directly:

    http://www.your-domain.com/cpanel

After logging in to cPanel, click on the Server Information in the right hand column. This will display the version of PHP your account is using.

Upgrade to PHP 7

It is recommended to test your PHP application before upgrading to a newer version of PHP.

If you website is powered by WordPress we recommend using the WordPress PHP Compatibility Checker Plugin to test your WordPress site for PHP version compatibility.

WordPress PHP Compatibility Checker Plugin

This plugin can help you make an informed decision about the upgrade path.

  1. To upgrade your website to PHP 7 log in to your cPanel account:

    http://www.my-domain-name.com/cpanel

  2. Once logged in to cPanel navigate to:

    Software > MultiPHP Manager

  3. Next, select the checkbox next to the domain(s) you wish to upgrade, select the PHP version - we recommend PHP 7.2 - and click on Apply.

If you encounter a "Service Unavailable" error message immediately after upgrading and visiting your website, refresh your browser and your web site should load properly.

If you encounter any other problems there may be a software incompatibility in your website software. You can always revert back to PHP 5.6 if necessary.

We think you'll be pleased with the performance increase.

Questions?

If you have questions please submit a Help Ticket and our knowledgeable Support Staff will be happy to provide assistance:

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