4 Reasons to Upgrade to the Latest Version of PHP

Posted by AlexDobson on October 5, 2022

If you're like most people, you probably don't think much about the programming language your website is running on, but your web host should make you aware that they need to keep the server software - including PHP - up-to-date.

Here are four good reasons to do so:

1. Newer versions of PHP are faster.

The latest version of PHP 8.1 is much faster than older versions, thanks to improvements in the language's internals. That means your website will load faster for your visitors, which can lead to improved conversions and lower hosting costs.

2. Newer versions of PHP are more secure.

Security vulnerabilities are always being discovered in software, and PHP is no exception. By running the latest version of PHP, you'll have access to the latest security fixes.

3. Newer versions of PHP have more features.

Over time, the PHP development team adds new features to the language. If you're using an older version of PHP, you're missing out on features that could make your website more robust and easier to maintain.

4. Newer versions of PHP are better supported.

As a software program gets older, it becomes harder to find people who are willing to support it. That's why the PHP development team only supports the two most recent major versions of the language. So if you're running an older version of PHP, you might not be able to get help if something goes wrong and new extensions may not work correctly.

Upgrading to the latest version of PHP is a good idea for performance, security, features, and support reasons. So if you're still running an older version, now is the time to make the switch.

We would not recommend doing this kind of update yourself unless you're a developer. If your hosting company is unable to undertake this for you, then we do offer hosting packages and we always say having your development and hosting under the same roof makes life a lot easier.

If you would like to enquire about our hosting then please do email us at info@antropy.co.uk and we will be able to assign the right hosting package for your site.

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