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How to switch PHP version of the WordPress marketplace app to 7.4?

The current version of the Wordpress marketplace app is shipped with PHP v8: https://marketplace.digitalocean.com/apps/wordpress

How can I configure it to use PHP v7.4 instead?


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Hello, @plantslovertbilisi

As per Bobby’s comment, the active support for PHP 7.4 would end by the end of the year which you should take under consideration.

You can also spin up a Ubuntu or CentOS droplet and then install PHP 7.4 (configure the LAMP stack) as per your wish.

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-linux-apache-mysql-php-lamp-stack-on-ubuntu-20-04

And then install WordPress manually as per this tutorial:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-wordpress-on-ubuntu-20-04-with-a-lamp-stack

However, if you’ve already used the marketplace app you should follow the instructions provided by Bobby.

Regards, Alex

Hello,

Just as a side note, the active support for PHP 7.4 would end by the end of the year as per the PHP official website here:

https://www.php.net/supported-versions.php

In case that you still would like to downgrade the PHP version from 8.0 to 7.4, you could do it by running the following commands:

Make sure to take a snapshot of your server before proceeding. That way in case anything goes wrong, you would be able to revert back to a working state of your website!

  • Update your repositories:
sudo apt update
  • Install PHP 7.4 along with all of the required PHP modules:
sudo apt install php7.4 php7.4-cli php7.4-mysql php7.4-curl php7.4-gd php7.4-mbstring php7.4-xml php7.4-xmlrpc php7.4-soap php7.4-intl php7.4-zip libapache2-mod-php7.4 php7.4-common php7.4-json php7.4-opcache php7.4-readline
  • Disable the PHP 8 Apache2 module:
a2dismod php8.0
  • Enable the PHP 7.4 Apache module:
a2enmod php7.4 
  • Finally, restart Apache so it could load the new PHP 7.4 module:
systemctl restart apache2

Hope that this helps. Best, Bobby