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Installing a new PHP version on Scout

Last updated by Ashley Cawley on October 25, 2023 15:58

00:00: This guide provides a step by step walkthrough of Installing a new PHP version on Scout using Cloudabove

00:07: When managing a site in Scout you can change its PHP version by using the PHP tab. The versions you have available to you may vary depending on what versions are installed on your server at the moment. The good news is that it is quick and easy to install additional PHP versions if you need them, lets see how.

00:25: Navigate to "Servers" on the left hand side.

00:28: Select the "Settings" option for the Server which holds the site you are working on.

00:33: Choose the "Software" tab at the top.

00:36: On this screen you will see a wide variety of different PHP versions which are available to install on your server if you want to. Find the version you desire and click on the "Install" button on the right. It will take one minute for the new PHP version to be installed on the server. After you see a message saying that it has been installed successfully we can navigate back to the site in Scout to update its settings.

00:59: Select "Sites" from the left hand menu.

01:02: Click on the "Settings" cog beside the site you are working on.

01:06: Navigate to the "PHP" section

01:09: Take note of the PHP version that the site is currently using as this information may be needed later. Click on the PHP dropdown menu.

01:18: Select the PHP version which you recently installed.

01:22: Click on the "Change version" button.

01:25: Congratulations! You've just installed a new PHP version on your server and updated your site settings to use that new version. The site will use that new version immediately. Please note, whenever a PHP version is changed it is important to test your website thoroughly, checking that its core functions work as they did before. Websites are made up of many different components like Plugins and Themes and not all of these are compatible with all PHP versions, so you need to make sure things still work. If things appear broken then reverting back to the previous PHP version is recommended.