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How to Change the PHP Version for Subfolders or Subdomains
How to Change the PHP Version for Subfolders or Subdomains

Setting a specific PHP version for additional websites, subfolders or subdomains

Updated over a week ago

If you want to update the PHP version applicable to your hosting plan as a whole, you can do it directly in hPanel.

In case you'd like to change the PHP version for only one of your domains, subdomains, or a subfolder inside any of these, you can do so by adding a line of code on the .htaccess file:

Step 1 - Open Your .htaccess File

Go to Websites → Dashboard, search for File Manager on the sidebar and click on it:

Then, access the folder to which you would like to apply a different PHP version. If you want to edit a domain, access its public_html folder. For a subdomain, the corresponding folder will be inside the domain's public_html folder:

For a specific folder, go to the desired folder's path. Once in the correct location, open the .htaccess file by double-clicking on it.

If the file doesn't exist, you can create it directly in the File Manager. Make sure to include a dot (.) at the beginning of the filename!

Step 2 - Edit the .htaccess File

Add the following code to your .htaccess file (at the very beginning of it):

<FilesMatch "\.(php4|php5|php3|php2|php|phtml)$">
SetHandler application/x-lsphp71
</FilesMatch>

The second line will define the PHP version for the folder. All you need to do is change application/x-lsphp71 code for the version that you would like to use. Check this table for the possible values:

PHP version

Code

5.2

application/x-lsphp52

5.3

application/x-lsphp53

5.4

application/x-lsphp54

5.5

application/x-lsphp55

5.6

application/x-lsphp56

7.0

application/x-lsphp70

7.1

application/x-lsphp71

7.2

application/x-lsphp72

7.3*

application/x-lsphp73

7.4

application/x-lsphp74

8.0

application/x-lsphp80

8.1

application/x-lsphp81

*PHP versions prior to this one are currently considered outdated and are no longer supported.

NOTES

  • To check if the change was applied correctly, you can create a phpinfo.php file

  • Changing PHP versions using files is not recommended, as it doesn't include PHP extensions and options. Thus, it might affect the website's work

  • Using the php -v command on SSH will show the PHP version of the hosting plan, not the domain or subdomain

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