Last updated 3 years ago by John Hughesphp
If you pay attention to the latest news from the WordPress community, you may have noticed the recent buzz regarding PHP 7. However, non-technical users may have a hard time understanding what PHP 7 is and why it matters for WordPress.
In this post, we’ll introduce you to PHP 7 and explain the updates that come along with this new version. Then we’ll provide four key reasons why it’s smart to upgrade to PHP 7 now, rather than wait until later.
Let’s jump right in!
For non-developers and newer WordPress users, PHP is a coding language. It’s commonly used to create dynamic content on your site, as well as collecting and encrypting data, sending and receiving cookies, and much more. The majority of WordPress is written in this language, as are myriad other applications.
PHP 7 is simply a major version of this widely-used open-source language. Just as updating your WordPress installation grants you access to new features, upgrading your server to the latest version of PHP can greatly improve your site’s functionality.
Some of the key enhancements that come with PHP 7 include:
Plus, there are additional advantages that may be of further interest to developers and other advanced users. As a bonus, PHP 7 requires fewer servers to run. This means on PHP 7, your website will require less energy for hosting, which is one small way you can reduce your carbon footprint.