[Video] One of the most visited articles I've written on my site has been “How to upgrade from PHP4.0 to PHP5.0 in WordPress using 1and1.com hosting“. I wanted to give you a quick update since things seem to change quite a bit over time online. Keeping your PHP version up to date is critical to many popular web applications we run such as WordPress and WordPress Plugins.
1and1 has continued to update their user interface/control panel. So below is a quick way to manually update your php version for all your websites especially for WordPress. Sometimes you just need a quick visual to give you confidence in getting it accomplished.
I have been using PHP version 5.2 (I know… please forgive me) on this server for a few years or more. I decided I better get that updated to version 5.5 which is the recommended PHP version out at this time. Shoot, you can even go to PHP 5.6 but keep in mind that most WordPress plugins and other softwares you may be using… could be behind a bit. It is always a good reminder to make sure you check your software on what the current recommended PHP version is before any changes.
Some hosting companies automatically update this and others give you a bit more power.
Upgrading to PHP version 5.5
PHP 5.5 offers a more stable environment with higher performance. Sounds great, right? Like… what in the world does that mean to the average web connoisseur? Probably not much. It really is the “engine” that drives the bus in A LOT of web development. PHP is a “server side scripting” and as of 2013 had been installed on over 240 million websites according to the ol' Wikipedia on what is php used for.
(For some reason, a song comes to mind.) As usual… back up your web properties or software you may be using before you do anything. If you need a good backup solution for WordPress, visit BackupBuddy or BackupCreator. Both do a great job and I currently use both.
[Get Started] How to Upgrade PHP version in 1and.com Dashboard
Essentially you have just have a couple of steps to take once your logged into your account. 1and1 appears to have taken away the “global” setting for all your web properties and have made it an individual choice. This is good because you may be running a software that requires it to be stable at an older version and you have the power to choose for each.
- Log into your dashboard with 1and1.com
- Find “Hosting” section (left side about half way down) and select “PHP Settings”
- You'll find all your properties. Select “Set PHP Version” button for each property
- Choose which version by selecting the button underneath the column (Pray to Jesus while you wait to update… jk)
- Bada bing, bada boo.
Link to Video: https://youtu.be/LUF35ExfI4U
I hope this has helped you. If I can be of any assistance, please reach out!