What you Need to Know about Updating your Wordpress Website to PHP 7.2

What you Need to Know about Updating your WordPress Website to PHP 7.2

Martin Starkie Online Security, Server Side & Web Technical, Web Specialists Blog

The Benefits

In November, PHP 7.2 was released. While this update is not on the same scale as the change from PHP 5 to PHP 7.0, it contains some great new improvements and important changes.  
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Updating your WordPress Website to PHP 7.2…

1. Improved Speed

PHP 7 offered dramatic speed increases when compared to PHP 5. In fact, benchmark testing has shown that PHP 7 runs WordPress 200 to 500% faster than PHP 5. PHP 7 also improves WordPress page load times, decreasing them by up to 40%.

While upgrading from PHP 5 is a real no-brainer, you may be wondering if there is there any point in upgrading from PHP 7 to 7.2. Initial testing shows that PHP 7.2 offers a further speed boost of around 18-22% when compared to PHP 7.0 – so yes, there is!

2. Enhanced Security

PHP was the first programming language which offered a full-featured cryptography system in the standard library. This was big news, and it made PHP the leading language for blogs and websites. While there are other PHP packages which provide decryption and encryption services, they will always be outperformed by a standard library function. As recent cyber attacks have shown, website security and encryption have never been so important. Security breaches place your website, and customers’ personal information at risk, and can cause serious damage to your business. CMS Live offers secure website hosting with active threat detection and prevention to keep your website safe.

However, cryptography is a very complex business which is best left to security specialists. As part of PHP 7.2, the Libsodium extension has now been added to PHP itself. Now that Libsodium is part of PHP, its code has come under increased scrutiny, which will only lead to further debugging and increased security. Libsodium is very easy to operate, and offers powerful protection against a range of potential threats to your website.

Upgrading Your Website

Security support for PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 ceased at the end of 2017, so it is important that website owners update their websites. Here at CMS Live, we take active steps to make sure that the technology we offer to our clients is as current and up-to-date as it can be. PHP 7 has an exciting future ahead of it, as developers add further tools and improvements. In light of this, all of our clients’ managed WordPress websites will be automatically upgraded as new PHP updates are released, giving you the fastest loading times and the best Google rankings.

CMS Live hosting and support means you don’t need to worry about maintaining the technical side of your website, so you can focus on what matters most – content and customer satisfaction.

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