WordPress powers roughly 1/3 of the entire internet, but starting next month more than half of the WordPress sites out there could become much less secure. Is yours one of them?
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So, a major piece of software that helps power WordPress is PHP. PHP is a scripting language that most web hosts support, and it makes systems like WordPress possible. PHP is always improving with new releases, and starting in December some older versions of PHP will no longer receive security updates.
Specifically, PHP version 5.6 (the most used version out there) will stop being updated on December 31, and version 7.0 (the second most used version) will stop being updated on December 3.
Now, this doesn’t mean that your site will becoming insecure the day the updates stop. It could be months before a vulnerability is discovered that might cause issues, so you might be ok for a while. That said, you’d be wise to get things updated as soon as you can.
In terms of updates, most web hosts will take care of that for you. The best hosts already have you on a safe version, but with 57% of websites still using 5.6 or 7.0, there’s a good chance your host isn’t one of them.
If you’re not sure how to deal with this yourself, you can either talk to your web team to see where you stand, or just email your hosting company to find out what version you’re on and how you can upgrade to something more secure. Either way, it’d be wise to take some action to make sure you stay secure.