Bluehost added support for PHP 7.4 for Shared Hosting plans

I manage several WordPress websites hosted on both Bluehost's VPS and Shared Hosting plans. In around April this year, PHP 7.4 has been added to Bluehost's VPS plans. Recently, Bluehost also added support for PHP 7.4 for Shared Hosting plans.

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Bluehost added support for PHP 7.4 for Shared Hosting plans

Bluehost added support for PHP 7.4 for Shared Hosting plans

The current PHP version is 7.4. SiteGround has added support for PHP 7.4 immediately after PHP 7.4 was released. Bluehost has been somewhat slow to introduce latest PHP version. Several months ago, Bluehost added support for PHP 7.4 for VPS plans. Now, this PHP version is also available for Bluehost's Shared Hosting.

If you use BH's VPS plan and the highest available PHP version is still 7.3, you can add support for PHP 7.4 via WHM.

In Shared Hosting plans, now 7.4 version is available. To apply PHP 7.4 on your websites, please click on Advanced and then type 'php' in the search field.

Bluehost - change PHP version

The above screen will appear. Click on the MultiPHP Manager tool where you can switch the PHP version.

Bluehost - Switch PHP version

You choose one from PHP 7.0, PHP 7.1, PHP 7.2, PHP 7.3, PHP 7.4 and PHP 5.2. For performance and security, it's recommended to select PHP 7.4. Most WordPress themes including Avada, Enfold and Newspaper work well without error with PHP 7.4.

You can specify PHP version per domain name (while it's possible to specify PHP version based on first-level sub-directory in SiteGround.)

Under WordPress Admin > Tools > Site Health > Info > Server, you can confirm that PHP 7.4 has been applied. The current version number is 7.4.9 as of today.

PHP 7.4.9 is applied in WordPress

It is very likely we will see PHP 8.0 with JIT this year (which is planned to be released on November 26, 2020.) When PHP 8.0 is released, probably significant performance improvements.

Bluehost will soon introduce a new and easier-to-manage control panel, where users can manage profile, billing, security and site details all in one place.

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