Posted on September 19, 2022 by leapoffaithtech
Before we proceed to the main concept lets have an introduction on what PHP is. It stands for Php Hypertext Preprocessor. But do you know what was its name before it got recursive initialism name. It was Personal Home Page. It was originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994 and the idea behind creating it was not to create a software but to find the shortest path to solve the Web problem.
Today PHP is a must-learn language for developers of web applications and APIs. It powers robust, performant, and secure web applications, websites, and more.
PHP is also iterative. It grows and adapts through new versions to fit the needs of consumers.
We have used the term version above. It means a variant. A variant or a form that has advanced functionality than it’s predecessor. In past years Php had come up with various versions and each version had some additional features that provides the web developer with more faster, secure and ease of use of code functionality. It plays a crucial part in creating modern, scalable web applications. In this collection of resources, we share a glimpse into the ongoing changes in PHP.
Each release branch of PHP is fully supported for two years from its initial stable release. During this period, bugs and security issues that have been reported are fixed and are released in regular point releases.After this two year period of active support, each branch is then supported for an additional year for critical security issues only. Releases during this period are made on an as-needed basis: there may be multiple point releases, or none, depending on the number of reports.Once the three years of support are completed, the branch reaches its end of life and is no longer supported.
Considered one of the most beginner-friendly programming languages, PHP continues to introduce tremendous changes with each of its updates.Php 7.4 was released on November 28, 2019. 7.4 usage continued to grow over the past year. It was the most popular version of PHP. It had been used by 78.9% of all the websites.
Now this version of php has come to EOL point i.e End Of Life. Which means that this version will no longer be supported after November 28, 2022.
Imagine using an outdated image editing tool for making logos or editing photos. While the world has moved to the latest version and is saving time and getting better quality and performance with the latest edition, you are still doing it the old way. Not really a smart decision, right?
Similarly, why would anyone abstain from upgrading to a newer PHP version when the new upgrade is specifically introduced to bring ease to the user’s end. You should definitely upgrade to PHP 8 if you want to benefit from the latest features, get better error handling, improved RFCs, and optimizations.
Considering the new improvements, it would be a crime not to upgrade your current PHP version to PHP 8.0 on your WordPress site.
Previously, PHP 7’s speed optimization update helped a lot with gaining higher rankings on the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages)
Carrying the legacy forward, PHP surprised its enthusiasts with a release of PHP 8.0 back in November 2020, which brought a list of new features that revolutionized the way programmers worked. PHP 8 lets you write concise code and build more exemplary applications with exciting changes and improvements to the earlier RFCs.
|S.No.||Version||Release Date||Expected EOL Date|
|1||8.0||November 26,2020||November ,2023|
|2||8.1||November 25,2021||November ,2024|
|3||8.2||November 24,2022||November ,2025|
Once you decide to update your version of PHP, we recommend taking a few precautions. Firstly, consider BACKING UP your website. If anything goes wrong, you can roll back your version of PHP and then revert your site to the backed-up version.
Next, make sure your WEBSITE is fully UP TO DATE. In your dashboard, go to the Updates page and install the latest versions of WordPress, themes, and plugins.
It is very easy to upgrade from lower version to higher. You just need to follow the following steps to get an updated version.
Steps to update to latest version:
Step 1: Create a Staging Site
Step 2: Change Your PHP Version
Step 3: Look for Conflicts
Step 4: Publish Changes to Your Live Site