PHP is one of the most popular programming languages that is used extensively for web development and can be inserted in HTML elements. PHP is also one of the components that exist in various types of web server solution packages such as a XAMPP, MAMP, LAMP, and WampServer. PHP becomes the programming language for building the CMS web apps like Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal, Magento, Mambo, Moodle, and so on.
When you build a website using Joomla, WordPress, or another CMS, each CMS requires specific system requirements. For example, Joomla 4.0 can only be installed using PHP 7.x. If you use an older version of PHP, the installation of Joomla 4.0 will fail. If you plan to create a website with Joomla 4.0, you need to make sure about the availability of PHP 7.0 or above.
A Web hosting service provider that you rent usually provides multiple versions of PHP. But not all web hosting service provider provides the latest version of PHP. Before using a web hosting service, you can make sure that the web hosting service provider provides the PHP version you want. Thus, you can customize the system requirements of the web app you use.
The tendency of web hosting service providers has not provided the latest version of PHP is related to cost issues. The provision of the new PHP version requires a lot of money and this is what they want to avoid. Therefore, you can survey or search for information in advance regarding support for the PHP version.
To change the PHP version in cPanel to qualify the system requirement is not difficult. If you are accustomed to using cPanel, you can do it easily. If you do not find the desired version of PHP, you can contact the web hosting service provider. Here is how to change the PHP version in cPanel:
Open a browser and log in to your cPanel account. In the Software group, click the Select PHP version button.
You are taken to the PHP Selector | extensions page. On this page, you can see which version of PHP is currently in use. Your PHP version is PHP 5.6.
Click the drop-down list box labeled PHP Version (1), select the desired PHP version, for example PHP 7.2 (2) and then click Set as current button (3). Now you are already using PHP 7.2.