Wordpress Site Health is now telling me that PHP 7.3.24 is old, so for performance I should upgrade. The next version available is 7.4 but Cloudways warns that ionCube will not be supported. This appears to be a PHP encryptor for developers. Is there any reason why I shouldn’t upgrade yet?
In my opinion, ignore WordPress Site Health warnings. I have tried to highlight this in WordPress forums but it is of no use.
- You do not know if most of your plugins are compatible with 7.4. WordPress moderators make no effort to make an indicator for this in the plugin repository.
- The incremental benefit of upgrading to 7.4 will not be worth the hassle of trying to troubleshoot incompatibility issues.
Hope this helps.
It’s definitely worth giving a go. Most WordPress sits will be compatible and always best to keep up with the latest version. PHP in Cloudways you can return to a previous version if you find that PHP 7.4 doesn’t work with your site.
MariaDB however you can’t go back as easily. Keep that in mind.
I don’t have any live sites on this server yet so I went ahead and updated. I haven’t seen any issues yet. I thought I could just create another App for testing but sounds like for these things I need a seperate test server. Thanks