It has been 11 years since the release of PHP 5.0, and now webmasters can expect to see PHP 7 released some time before the end of 2015. This may seem like nothing, but for all website owners it is important to understand the updates, new language features, and improvements that PHP 7 provides.
Most servers are running PHP 5.x and you can find out by creating a PHP Info file on your server by writing “<?php info(); ?>”. Upload that file into the root of your server and load it on your browser. This will let you know which PHP version you are currently running on your server.
Most websites running WordPress will notice the enhancement of going from PHP 5.x to PHP 7, as it is doubling the requests per second. As the requests are doubled, it will allow the server to push the website out faster to the user and decrease the load time. Who wouldn’t want to see a 100% increase of speed on their website?
If you are running a CMS like Magento 1.9 you’ll notice a huge jump in speed too! Most platforms that are currently running will see an increase in requests. These benchmarks were created to test the most common platforms, and as you can see PHP 7 is a unique update for PHP’s server-side scripting language.
Updating PHP is always a difficult task because certain functions become deprecated and you’ll see all those fun errors on your website that must be fixed. The beta of PHP 7 is on the official php.net website, but it is currently not a stable version yet. Once it becomes a stable version, it’ll be released into cPanel and everyone can update their PHP version to see the increase of speeds on most websites.
Page speed is a key in building a user friendly website and that is one of the most common mistakes made by web designers and developers. People want to be able to load a website immediately. Working in the technology, development, and internet marketing field, we all know that page speed is a reflection on your search engine visibility on the search engines. This may be a huge clean-up for some when they update their PHP version, but remember it’ll all be worth it.
With stability improvements and fixes for over 27 bugs, PHP 7 offers consistent 64-bit support. What do you think of the upgrade to PHP 7? Is it heading in the right direction?