Adapting .htaccess for Multiple PHP Versions in cPanel: A Step-by-Step Guide

 Thursday, January 4, 2024

When managing multiple websites on cPanel with distinct PHP version requirements, configuring the .htaccess file can provide more granular control over PHP settings. This guide will walk you through the process of adjusting .htaccess to suit different PHP versions for each website.


1. Locate .htaccess File

   Access your cPanel File Manager or use an FTP client to navigate to the root directory of the website for which you want to modify the PHP version.


2. Backup .htaccess

   Before making any changes, create a backup of your current .htaccess file. This ensures you can revert to the original state if needed.


3. Edit .htaccess

  1.    Open the .htaccess file using a text editor (e.g., cPanel File Manager's built-in editor or a code editor like Notepad++).
  2.    Add the following lines at the beginning of the file:

       A. apache

     <FilesMatch \.php$>

     SetHandler application/x-httpd-php7.4



         B. Replace 7.4 with the PHP version you want to use.


4. Verify Syntax

   Ensure that the syntax is correct by saving the file and checking for any errors. Incorrect syntax may lead to issues with your website.


5. Save Changes

   Save the changes to the .htaccess file and close the editor.


6. Test Your Website

   Thoroughly test your website to confirm that the selected PHP version is now in use. Pay attention to any error messages or unexpected behavior.


7. Repeat for Other Websites

   If you have additional websites requiring different PHP versions, repeat the process for each site, customizing the PHP version accordingly.


8. Adjust PHP Settings (Optional)

   If necessary, you can further customize PHP settings by adding directives to the .htaccess file.

    For example: apache

     php_value upload_max_filesize 20M

     php_value max_execution_time 300


     Adjust these settings based on your website's requirements.



   Adapting the .htaccess file for multiple PHP versions in cPanel offers a flexible solution for tailoring your server's configuration to each website's needs. Always test changes on a staging environment or during periods of low traffic to minimize potential disruptions.

Remember to consult your hosting provider's documentation for any platform-specific considerations and stay informed about updates to PHP versions for optimal website performance and security.