Uses Joomla PHP
Your PHP version and the Joomla system information panel
Making sure that the correct version of PHP is installed on your web server is important for Joomla to run properly. Fortunately, Joomla has a helpful system information window where you can find not only the PHP version but also a lot of other useful information about your website and server environment.
How to find the PHP version of your site
To access the system information panel, simply log into the administrator area of your Joomla site and navigate to System -> System information.
In the "System Information" tab you will find the PHP version of your server, which is about halfway up the list:
And that's it, you've figured out your PHP version!
.... but wait a minute, that's not the end of the article! :-)
Exploring the system information panel
There is a ton of other useful information in the System Information section that can help you solve a technical problem should you ever come across one (and you will for sure). It is also quite common that if you need help from developers, they will ask you to provide this information for a diagnosis.
The information from the system information panel is divided into the following 5 subsections.
General system information
The first tab provides general information about your database, web server and PHP.
You can also find out your Joomla version here, as well as your current browser version, in case you have ever wondered about it.
The second tab shows the PHP settings relevant to your Joomla installation.
This includes things like whether or not Safe Mode is enabled, whether you have some kind of error message, whether file uploads are allowed, magic quotes, etc.
This information can be useful later if you have technical problems on your website.
Main configuration file
The third tab provides all the important configuration settings for your Joomla website, such as the name of your website, the configuration of the offline mode, etc.
More importantly, further down the list it contains your database credentials, which must be configured correctly for your website to function properly.
All of these settings are in a file called configuration.php which is located in the root directory of your website and in which these settings can also be changed.
Website folder permissions
The fourth tab informs you about the folder rights for certain directories on your website.
With a new Joomla installation, all listed directories should have the status "writable" by default, with the exception of the configuration.php file.
This page is useful if you need to adjust folder rights on your server.
The fifth and final tab provides a wealth of information about the current state of PHP.
This includes information about PHP compilation options and extensions, the PHP version, server information and environment, the PHP environment, information about the operating system version, paths, master and local values of the configuration options, HTTP headers and the PHP License.
This page is a valuable debugging tool for developers as it contains all EGPCS data (environment, GET, POST, cookie, server).
Download your system information
You have the option to download a file with all system information. This is useful if you have problems and want to provide details about your website to a web developer without giving them full access.
You can download the file in normal.txt format or in JSON format. When you download them in .txt, you get a simple file that contains all of the information on a new line at a time. If you choose JSON, you end up with a file that is a little harder for a normal human to read, but that works great with computers. JSON is the preferred format for transferring data between networks.
Read more about JSON and its uses on the official site.
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