Improve your website speed with PHP 7.3
The latest version of PHP includes a number of features and improvements, like higher performance and increased website speeds. And while PHP 7.2 is still supported on our hosting platform, we’d like to encourage you to upgrade your site to PHP 7.3.
It’s essential that your website code is always kept up to date. While Online By Digital is responsible for the infrastructure on which your site is hosted, you as the website owner are responsible for keeping your website uses up to date.
Upgrade sooner rather than later
It’s easier to upgrade to the latest version of PHP when it becomes available. As older versions of PHP reach end of life, they will be phased out and no longer supported on our hosting platform.
In order to avoid disruption to your website, we urge you to upgrade as a matter of urgency before the expiry date (31 April 2020).
There are two main benefits to keeping PHP up-to-date:
- Your website will be faster as the latest version of PHP is more efficient. Updating to the latest supported version (currently 7.3) can deliver a huge performance increase; up to 3 or 4x faster for older versions.
- Your website will be more secure. PHP, like WordPress, is maintained by its community. Because PHP is so popular, it is a target for hackers – but the latest version will have the latest security features. Older versions of PHP do not have this, so updating is essential to keep your WordPress site secure.
And then there are a number of secondary benefits:
- A faster WordPress website will be rewarded by search engines, so you’ll rank higher in search!
- A faster website will retain visitors better (they’ll leave if it takes too long to load), making your website more effective.
- A more secure website is better protected against hackers, and the cost and reputational damage associated with a hacked website.
- These benefits are good for you, and good for your website’s visitors. These are the reasons you should update PHP today. The next section will show you how to do this.