cPanel ships with multiple versions of PHP though the configured version is normally not the latest and greatest. PHP 5 for example was the default version when PHP 7 was already available and comes with respectable improvements namely in the speed department.

You can switch the PHP version for your cPanel hosting to the latest available version (or any other installed version) from cPanel's dashboard.

Make sure your application is compatible with the PHP version you're switching to before making the switch.

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Steps to switch PHP version in cPanel hosting:

  1. Login to your cPanel account.
  2. Go to the Software section and click on Select PHP Version.
  3. Click on the dropdown list of the Current PHP version option.
  4. Select the PHP version that you want to use.
  5. Click Set as current for the changes to be effective.
  6. Check your current PHP version to confirm.
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