Increasing the recommended PHP version in core

The recommendation to update your PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher for users running version 5.6 or lower is scheduled to go live on August 20th, 2019.

A few weeks back, we outlined the plans to continue the work that was begun around WordPress 5.1 on increasing the PHP version recommended (and subsequently required) by WordPress.

Now that feedback has been gathered from multiple venues, both on various make blogs, and different team chats to spread the word about these blogblog (versus network, site) posts, it’s time to start acting on them.

We had originally wanted to push the changes out sooner, but will admit that with mass holidays happening during the start of August, this fell through.

That said, the plans are now in motion, a meta ticket has been created to keep things on track, and the bump is scheduled for August 20th, 2019.