In some cases, after changing your PHP version from within cPanel, WordPress may state that the version you just modified is still on an older version (the one you did not set). In situations like this, the solution is usually to modify your .htaccess file to remove the selected hard-coded PHP version.
You can do this by using the following instructions below :
- Navigate to your cPanel account. If you’re not sure how to access your cPanel account, click here.
- Once logged into your cPanel account, look for the file manager icon within cPanel.
- In the file manager, look to the top right corner of the page and select Settings. When the pop-up appears, check the box that says Show hidden files.
- Next, navigate to your public_html directory (or your website’s directory. Generally, this is public_html).
- Once in the public_html directory, look for the file called .htaccess, right-click the file, and hit edit.
- On the edit page for .htaccess, the code to comment out will be located towards the bottom of the page. It will look similar to the following :
# Use PHP(7|7.1|7.2|7.3|7.4) as default AddHandler application/x-httpd-php(70|71|72|73|74) .php
- You can comment this out by adding # to the left of each line; you’ll want to comment it all out, then save the file.
While this is not always the solution, it’s a typical issue to a common problem. The add handler overrides the version you selected from within your cPanel installation.