Do you know which version of PHP your website is using and what the PHP8 update in Autumn 2020 will affect your online presence?
PHP, like every language, requires to be updated now and then and for PHP8 expectations on the updates and improvements we will see are already very high – but at what cost and what will it mean for those that have a website using older versions of PHP?
PHP has evolved over the years and there are several versions already available in the market from PHP1, which was introduced in June 1995, to the more recent and popular version of PHP5 released throughout the years between 2005 and 2018 moving to PHP 7 from 2018 onwards. It takes years for the PHP team to come up with a major update. The last major version was released in December 2018, although, we have a few minor updates every year like 7.0 to 7.1 and 7.2. the next major update is going to be PHP 8.0 in Autumn 2020.
So what does that mean if I have a website that was built using an older version of PHP?
In short, like all things, to see the optimum performance you need to keep up to date, but without fully understanding the consequences of the update its hard to know what is the best action to take.
If you are already seeing warnings on your website dashboard about your PHP being out of date or you are aware that your website was built some time ago and is likely to be affected why not give us a call and we can take a look for you. Our experts will be able to tell you more about your site and how it is built and to give you some information on how likely it is that you will be affected and how best to get ahead of the changes to keep your website working well for you.
Get in touch with our team today for more information.