What’s New In WPCloudDeploy 5.1

WPCloudDeploy 5.1 is a small release with a very limited set of new features, tweaks & fixes.

New: PHP 8.1 Is Now The Default

Now that PHP 7.4 is no longer being officially supported with security updates, we’ve made the default for new sites and servers PHP 8.1

This has some ramifications:

  • You will not be able to install sites on servers where PHP 8.1 is not installed. Most servers should already have it but if, for some reason it’s not there, you should be able to install it from the server’s UPGRADE tab.
  • You will still be able to switch a site to use PHP 7.4.
  • Existing sites will remain on their current PHP version.
  • Even on older servers where the server PHP CLI is set to 7.4, new sites will be installed with PHP 8.1.
  • Operations where we don’t ask for a PHP version will assume PHP 8.1.
  • New servers will set the PHP CLI to version 8.1. This means that all operations that uses wp-cli will run it using PHP 8.1. If you have sites that are not PHP 8.1 compatible, this might cause an issue. In that case you will need to downgrade the PHP CLI version to 7.4.

However, if you really want to use an earlier version of PHP as the default on all your new sites, you can still do that.

There is a new setting that allows you to choose the PHP version that all new sites can be switched to after the installation is complete:

Improved: Onboarding Wizard

The onboarding wizard now supports additional server providers. Support has been added for:

  • Linode
  • Vultr
  • Vultr Baremetal
  • UpCloud
  • Hetzner

There is now an extra screen in the wizard where you have to choose the provider.

Providers will only be listed if their plugins have been uploaded and activated prior to launching the wizard.

Improved: New Filter For Web Server Type

If you have a mix of both OpenLiteSpeed and NGINX servers, you can now quickly filter your server list by one or the other.

New: Bulk Remove Callbacks

There is a new option under the BULK ACTIONS drop-down in the server list – REMOVE CALLBACKS.

With this option it now becomes a lot easier to upgrade your callbacks. You can remove them from multiple servers first and then use the INSTALL CALLBACKS option to add them back.

New: Callbacks Now Send APT Action Status

Every 1 minute we will check to see if APT is running. If it is, WPCD will be notified and a notice placed in the server list.

Where this might be useful is when a server is first deployed. On some providers, servers will almost immediately start running background updates which can cause conflicts if you try to perform actions of your own. This helps to warn you to be careful.


  • Support for PHP versions 5.6, 7.1, 7.2 & 7.3 is deprecated and will might be fully removed in WPCD 5.2.


  • The PHP version for a site will be explicitly stamped on all records. Upon first load, WPCD 5.1 will update any site records that do not have a PHP version explicitly stamped on it.

Known Issues

  • When installing a new site on OLS with PHP 8.1, you will see warnings referencing a missing TIMEZONEDB php module. This is harmless and will be resolved in a future version.

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