Welcome the Arrival of the New PHP 7!
The developers amongst you will be most excited to hear that the all new and improved PHP 7 is finally here! Following the abandonment of PHP 6 in 2010, it’s the first major release since 2004 where we were introduced to PHP 5. So what’s in the new and improved PHP 7?
PHP 7 offers many advantages; and adds value to your website's speeds, memory and much more
PHP 7 is more efficient
PHP 7 works twice as fast as PHP 5.6, which means that your website loading times are much quicker. With 50% more memory than its predecessor, PHP 7 has the ability to serve up to 3 times as many requests from a larger number of servers. With faster speeds and enhanced memory, CMS and eCommerce apps can work much harder, resulting in more transactions compared to PHP 5.6. Magento can secure up to 3 times more transactions, Drupal has 72% more speed, and WordPress CPU instructions per request have been reduced by 75% – pretty impressive!
If you’re concerned that you now have to alter all of your existing code, then worry no more. PHP 7 is compatible with the vast majority of older existing code. Although it’s always better to check that you aren’t reliant on any removed extensions and less valuable features such as old style constructors from PHP 4 or the MySQL Library from 5.5.
It is also worth updating your CMS to the latest version to ensure the smoothest possible migration over to PHP 7, and it would be beneficial to move over to a hosting platform that supports the newer PHP 7 version. So there may be a few things you need to consider, but PHP 7 makes the transition as painless as possible.
PHP 7 is easier to manage
Forget about the problem with untidy coding, as PHP 7 can now make writing your code much faster, whilst remaining more secure and more efficient. Unlike the former versions, PHP 7 makes it easier to identify bugs and provides more opportunities to prevent page-breaking errors.
What would a newer PHP version be without a new Toolbox? PHP 7 offers a host of new tools that help you define functions and results accurately, and take away the need to create new classes for solo use.
If you need any advice or have any concerns on migrating over to the new PHP 7 version, please drop us a line by contacting the Varn office, and we will be happy to help!