What should the next PHP version recommendation be?

Hi All,

It’s been 8 weeks since the minimum required PHP version for WordPress was increased from PHP 5.2 to PHP 5.6.

Before we increase the minimum required PHP version again, we would like to trigger the servehappy warning banner to sites running on one of the end of life (EOL) copies of PHP. Before we can do that, we need to understand the impact the next PHP version recommendation would have on the users.

This is where the Hosting Team guidance would be awesome! Any feedback on the following three questions would be great.

  1. How has the PHP minimum requirement bump affected you?
  2. What should the next PHP minimum recommendation be and why?
  3. What common issues do you foresee having with the sites that you host with the next PHP bump?
— Edit: Adding a 4th question: What versions of PHP should we target with a servehappy warning banner? These are not minimum requirements but encouragements to get people to be proactive and bump their PHP version before the minimum requirement bump happens. #site-health