In roughly four weeks, WP Engine will start converting their users websites away from PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 and other hosting providers aren’t far behind. This change will affect almost 50% of WordPress websites, as those sites are still running PHP 5.6 or 7.0. The reason for this upcoming change is that both PHP 5.6 and 7.0 will be officially be deprecated, and may present security concerns going forward as they won’t be supported any longer.
If you are hosting your WordPress website or websites on the WP Engine platform, you will need to make sure your website is PHP 7.2 compatible in the next few months. Unfortunately for many websites, this will likely involve making changes to some of your plugins and potentially even your website theme.
How To Find Out If I Have Issues
WP Engine has included a compatibility checker, so you should immediately run that and see what the results are. If you aren’t on WP Engine, you can install and run the PHP Compatibility Checker for a report of your issues. If you have any warnings or errors, you should definitely take care of them shortly, especially if you are on a platform that is forcing you to change to PHP 7.2 soon.
If you need any help making sure your website is PHP 7.2 ready, please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you. We’ve been hard at work helping WP Engine and other hosting provider customers do their conversions already, so we’d be more than happy to give you a hand as well.
Contact us today if you want to make sure your WordPress website is PHP 7.2 ready. For more information about some of the clients we’ve helped and what else we can do for you, please visit Lindell Media’s main WordPress web development page.