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How To Change PHP Version in a GoDaddy Managed WordPress Plan?

There has been a frenzy of WordPress users wanting to update their PHP version to 7.4, ever since it was proven that this stable release brought along significant performance improvements.

Thankfully, when it comes to website owners leveraging GoDaddy Managed WordPress, the process to update or change the domain to a specific PHP version is effortless and straightforward.

The concise summary of the entire task is that you would need to head over to your site settings inside GoDaddy and select the preferred PHP version from there. However, for those looking for step-by-step instructions, follow along.

Step-by-Step Instructions on Updating or Changing the PHP Version on a GoDaddy Managed WP Plan

Step 1: Go to Your Products Page

After logging into GoDaddy, navigate to your products page by following this URL https://account.godaddy.com/products.

Step 2: Scroll Down to the Managed WordPress Section and Click on the “Manage” Button

From the products page, scroll down a bit until you see a section titled “Managed WordPress.” Then, on the right side, there would be a button named Manage. Click on it to proceed to the next step.

step 2 in updating PHP version in GoDaddy Managed WP Plan
Step 2 in updating PHP version in GoDaddy Managed WP Plan.

Step 3: Head Over to the “Settings” Tab and Afterward, Change the PHP Version

Clicking on the “Manage” button in the previous step will direct you to the Overview tab of your managed WP site. Right next to it would be the additional three tabs below:

  1. Backups
  2. Tools
  3. Settings
the overview and 3 additional tabs for a managed wp site in GoDaddy
As shown, in step 2, you will land on the overview tab. Howbeit, the tab you would really need to go to is “Settings.”

When you are on the “Settings” tab, on the very first section, under Production Site, there will be an area that says PHP version, accompanied by a “change” option. (See image below for context).

last step to changing PHP version in a GoDaddy Managed WordPress Plan
Right at the beginning of the “Settings” tab, GoDaddy provides a choice to change the PHP version if desired.

The “change” call to action generates a pop-up whereby a list of eligible PHP versions is available inside a dropdown. Pick the one you want, and as your final step, click on the “Save Changes” button to deploy the selected PHP version on your site.

list of PHP versions to choose from in a GoDaddy Managed WordPress Plan
To wrap things up, decide which PHP version you want to change to, and hit the “Save Changes” button (not shown in this image).

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If You Were Looking To Update Your GoDaddy Managed WordPress Site to PHP 7.4, the Option Is Now Available

It seemed that GoDaddy Managed WordPress plans, especially the Deluxe ones, were late to the party in allowing their users to update their PHP to 7.4. Nevertheless, that wait is over now.

As a matter of fact, GoDaddy Managed WP users can even elect to go with PHP 8.0 as an alternative to the current one if not already; although, GoDaddy recommends sticking to PHP 7.4 as of writing this post.