2019 Website PHP Update Options


The updates are required. How you update is your choice.

What is PHP?

PHP is the scripting language the runs as the backbone for almost 80% of the internet, including YOUR website. Occasional updates are made to this PHP language that must then be updated within systems using PHP.

Why upgrade to PHP 7.2?

PHP 7.2 is the latest and greatest version of PHP, and it includes a wide range of benefits over previous versions of PHP. While we can’t possibly list all of the reasons here, the main reasons VantagePoint is upgrading ALL websites to PHP 7.2 are:

1. The latest versions of WordPress (which run your website) will only accept PHP 7.2 in the coming months as a way to develop and maintain websites.

2. PHP 7.2 offers better development features that help us to create better websites and perform additional work to an existing website with ease.

3. The last, but certainly not the least reason is performance & security. As you can imagine, cybersecurity is a real threat into today’s digital world, and VantagePoint has never had a Cybersecurity incident with any of its sites. This is because we take the precautions necessary and work with partners to help keep your site secure. The PHP 7.2 upgrade is certainly a more secure version for your website. Also, website performance can be the difference between capturing a customer and losing one. PHP 7.2 enhances the performance of your site, so elements load faster, analytics are more reliable and you can trust that your users are getting the best web experience possible.

Option #1
MOST RECOMMENDED

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The most recommended option is to leave it to the pros. VantagePoint can make sure your website receives a smooth update to PHP 7.2. This time is still billed by the minute, and because every website is different, the cost will vary up to $250.

EARLY BIRD SAVINGS

25% OFF before March 8th  |  10% OFF before March 15th
Offer Deadline is March 22nd

PHP 7.2

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Please note that you will receive an invoice a few days prior to your account getting charged.
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Option #2
Recommended for Advanced Users Only

Update it Yourself


Before proceeding, please note that it is very important that you have knowledge in the following areas:

  • The Backend of WP Engine
  • Custom PHP Coding
  • The Construction of PHP Updates Through FileZilla.

PHP Update Instructions

1. Log into the backend of your website
Contact VPoint if you need your login

2. Scan Your Website

a. On the left-hand side, hover over “Plugins” and click “Add New”
b. Search for “PHP Compatibility Checker”:
c. Click “Install Now” and then click the  “Activate” button
d. Access the Plugin Settings

i. On the left-hand side hover over “Tools” and click on “PHP Compatibility”
ii. For PHP Version, check “PHP 7.2”
iii. For Plugin / Theme Status, check “Only scan active plugins and themes”
iv. Click “Scan Site”, and from there it will take some time for the plugin to scan all of the plugins and the them

3. Fix Errors

a. Once the scan is complete, you will receive results.
b. All the errors marked with Warnings or Unknown need to be fixed
c.In order to fix the errors you will need the following:

i. WP Engine access – contact VPoint for login
ii. FTP Access, which can be done through a program like FileZilla

d. Articles to Reference:

i. Using FileZilla: https://www.ostraining.com/blog/coding/filezilla-beginner/


4. Test Your Website on PHP 7.2

a. Log into WP Engine
b. On the top of the page, click “Sites” and click your website
c. From there, you will be directed to the “Overview” page
d. Under “Overview”, there is a section titled “PHP Test Driver”, click the blue “Preview Site” button
e. The button will open your site up in PHP Version 7.2 in order to test all of the functionality before the final “Go Live” process is initiated

5. Go Live

a. Log into WP Engine
b. On the top of the page, click “Sites” and click your website
c. From there, you will be directed to the “Overview” page:
d. Click on your current PHP and a popup will come up
e. Select PHP version 7.2 and click “Change PHP Version”
f. Additional information can be found HERE

Option #3
NOT RECOMMENDED. AT ALL.

Do Nothing


While not advised, you do have the option not to perform the update. However, by choosing this option, there are several risks that you need to keep in mind:

  • eCommerce– By not updating your eCommerce website, it could potentially lead to the coding of the cart to get misconfigured, and therefore the crash of your online store
  • Forms– Because your website will not be running the latest PHP version, your forms will be affected in that the email configuration will get interrupted. Therefore, you will not be receiving incoming submissions directly.
  • Increased Chances of a Cybersecurity Threat– WordPress is already one of the most targeted content management tools out there, and by not updating to PHP 7.2, the chances of getting hacked are dramatically increased.
  • Lowered Website Performance– By opting not to perform the update, your performance will be affected in that elements will load slower, your analytics will not be accurate, and the overall web experience for users will be lower. And remember, performance can be the difference between gaining a customer and losing one.
  • Any Custom Coding to the website may be lost, which means the functionality of your website will be gone. These include but are not limited to:

° Event Calendars
° MLS Solutions/Feeds
° Linked PDFs
° Estimators
° Custom Built Blogs

Does all of this sound awful? It should, because it would be. So CLICK HERE to get back to Option #1 and let the pros take care of it for you.