Best distro for PHP 5.6 / Wordpress

Posted October 9, 2015 5.5k views

Hi there,
I need to install latest Wordpress (4.3.1 as of now) but it requires PHP 5.6

My question is, which distro is best suited for this. Unfortunately , both Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and CentOS 7.1 don’t have the latest PHP. I’m worried about installing Ubuntu 15.04 since its not LTS.

So, which distro to use for PHP 5.6 , CentOS 7.1 or Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to upgrade stock PHP to 5.6? I guess what I’m trying to say is , which distro is easier to upgrade stock PHP to latest?


  • Hi,

    If you opt for CentOS 7.1, you would get cPanel but some of the features are still not supportive and if you consider Ubuntu 14.04 then you get Plesk 12 control panel.

    Note: It is been heard that PHP 7.0 version is about to release the end of the year 2015.

  • @Elizine not a big fan of cPanel / Plesk I only use Webmin, my question was best distro that provides easy upgrade of PHP to 5.6

  • Hi,

    Though, I am not a big fan of CentOS, but as far as I know the latest 7.1 release has much under its sleeves for PHP 5.6 support.

  • I guess I found my answer, I just used Debian 8 :)
    It has LTS support and it does have 5.6…

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Hey Abdul,

As you’ve found, the best distro is the one you are most comfortable with. If you feel comfortable and knowledgeable on how the distro functions and the applicable security settings are configured, that makes for a happy an effective sysadmin.

With that said, for those who prefer CentOS and do not want the overhead or licensing costs of cPanel, I recently tried out Centmin Mod. It installs a LEMP stack on a CentOS server. It allows you to easily swap out nginx, php, and mysql versions. It also has integrations for various caching modules. Recently it has integrated letsencrypt and http2 support.

Happy coding,

Jon Schwenn
Platform Support Specialist