In 2013 I packaged PHP versions 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6 into RPMs suitable for installing and running in my Plesk-box. PHP is a programming language, more about that @ https://www.php.net/. Plesk is a web-hosting platform, more about that @ https://www.plesk.com/.
However, I said it then and will say it now: that's just how open-source works. You take somebody else's hard work, bring something of your own and elevate it to the next level. Nothing wrong with that. However, a simple "Thanks!" would do it for me. Never got one from big greedy corporation.
In this case, the faceless corpo brought in stability, continuity and sustained support. Something I would never even dream of providing. I'm a single man, a hobbyist. What they have is teams of paid professionals. They completed the parts I never needed and fixed the wrinkles I made. Given the high quality of my and their work, ultimately all my boxes have been running PHP from their repo ever since.
This summer, something changed.
My /etc/yum.repos.d/plesk-php.repo had something like this for years:
# rpm -q -i plesk-php73-cli
Name : plesk-php73-cli
Epoch : 1
Version : 7.3.12
Release : 1centos.8.191122.1343
Source RPM : plesk-php73-cli-7.3.12-1centos.8.191122.1343.src.rpm
Build Date : Fri 22 Nov 2019 01:43:45 AM EST
Build Host : bcos8x64.plesk.ru
Packager : Plesk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Vendor : Plesk
Summary : Command-line interface for PHP
The php-cli package contains the command-line interface
executing PHP scripts, /usr/bin/php, and the CGI interface.
Actually PHP 7.4 is also available, just replace PHP73_17 with PHP74_17, to get the desired version.
Most of you are super-happy about your Apache/PHP -pair your distro vendor provides. If you're like me and ditched Apache, getting Nginx to run PHP requires some more effort. And if your requirements are to run a newer version of PHP than your vendor can provide, then you really short on options. Getting tailored PHP from Plesk's repo and pairing that with you Nginx takes one stresser out.