To run WordPress, it’s recommended your host supports:

  • PHP version 7.4 or greater.
  • MySQL version 8.0 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.5 or greater.
  • HTTPS support

That’s really it. Apache or Nginx is recommended as the most robust and featureful server for running WordPress, but any server that supports PHP and MySQL will do. That said, for the smoothest experience in setting up—and running—your site, each host on the hosting page supports the above and more with no problems.

For detailed PHP extension recommendations, see the Hosting Handbook.

Note: If you are in a legacy environment where you only have older PHP or MySQL versions, WordPress also works with PHP 7.0+ and MySQL 5.5.5+. However, these versions have reached their official End Of Life and may expose your site to security vulnerabilities.

Ask your host to run WordPress

If you’re unsure whether or not your host can already run WordPress, here’s a request you can copy and paste to send them!

I’m interested in running the open source WordPress <https://wordpress.org/> web software, and I was wondering if my account supported the following:

  • PHP 7.4 or greater
  • MySQL 8.0 or greater OR MariaDB 10.5 or greater
  • Nginx or Apache with mod_rewrite module
  • HTTPS support


Not required, but recommended for better security

Hosting is more secure when PHP applications, like WordPress, are run using your account’s username instead of the server’s default shared username. Ask your potential host what steps they take to ensure the security of your account.