Why should you consider your website for a PHP 7 upgrade?

18 Oct 2017 | By Jish

Topics: Web development

PHP 5.6 stopped receiving active support on January 19, 2017, and has now moved onto the critical security phase.

The security updates with a more than 11 year old PHP 5 will end on December 31, 2018.

So it’s time for you to move on to PHP 7 which is faster, more secure, and significantly more resource efficient than older PHP versions carrying outdated functions.

Reasons for Upgrade

After over a decade without any major upgrades to the PHP language, PHP 7 has made its debut in December 2015. About 98% of the websites around the world still use the outdated version of PHP knowingly or unknowingly.

However, there are quite a few reasons to switch over to PHP 7, particularly if you use a CMS website.

  • The minimum PHP requirements for PHP-enabled websites such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento or even PHP frameworks like Laravel and Symfony have increased.
  • Many plugins and themes may soon become incompatible with older versions of PHP.
  • The past PHP versions will not continue to receive security fixes forever, which could leave your site exposed to hackers.

As you can see, switching to PHP 7 is essential, you must be aware of the new features and its potential benefits in order to receive the best possible results!

Know your Benefits of PHP 7 Upgrade

1. Best for Mobile Devices

PHP 7 offers exactly what your business needs to do to meet the requirements of mobile device users. PHP 7 offers reduced memory usage, execution engine improvements and native local threat storage. These features are specifically suited to mobile devices that have limited browsing features.

2. Good for Online Businesses

PHP 7 offers clear advantages to your business if you’re struggling to handle the numerous visits to your website daily, especially if you run an e-commerce business.

The new features in PHP 7 handles more computing requests without consuming too much power and reduces your operational expenses. At the same time, the performance of your website can be improved significantly.

3. Higher Load Capacity and Better Performance

Smartphone users expect your website to load in under three seconds, and may leave if it takes longer time to load. Furthermore, when Google assesses page ranks, the websites that load faster ranks higher.

Therefore, a PHP 7 upgrade is advantageous for a huge upward shift in performance as it has proved higher data processing and load-taking capabilities than other programming languages.

Increased speed means your site’s performance is less dependent on your server’s hardware, which can save you money.

4. Uses Less Memory Space

PHP 7 has the technology infrastructure to process higher computing requests without consuming proportionately higher memory.

E.g. If you’re running a PHP 7 site, it can handle twice as many visitors as PHP 5 can, using the same amount of memory.

5. Security and Support

Older versions of PHP (older than PHP 5.4) are no longer supported for security fixes. Any security issues or vulnerabilities with newer versions like PHP 7 will always be taken care of. All the latest updates will be available to the newer versions very quickly when there is a problem.


It’s always a good idea to keep up with the latest software developments in your area. Similar to using an outdated Operating System (OS), running an old version of PHP leaves you open to security vulnerabilities. It will not only make your website (business) slow, but also make it insecure and unsupported.

It is always hard to deal with the older versions of PHP when the latest version run. A happy client with a faster website is well worth the investment to get things upgraded. So let’s get upgraded!

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