WordPress is a popular platform for blogs and website with which we all are familiar with. Anyone who is using the WP platform will also have knowledge of PHP as well. Working on the WP platform has turned out easy with the latest release of PHP version 7 in December 2015. Many known companies like SiteGround, BlueHost, etc. were attracted to this version as it offers an advantage to adding more functionalities to WordPress by using Plug-ins and not be worrying about it as everything is running on the backend.
We know how important it is to have a great performance of your blogs and also the importance of the PHP version for speeding up the performance. With this article, we are trying to help those who wish to switch WordPress hosting in the future and also to make people aware of knowing their PHP version of hosting so as to have an incredible performance.
What makes PHP 7 better?
Starting with our talking about the new release of the PHP version, it really is winning hearts of many with its amazing performance and added functionalities. The main highlight that makes PHP 7 way better than the previously existing version of PHP 5.6 is its “speed”. To prove its worth of loading the pages in about half the time, PHP 7 passed the test by Kinsta Hosting by loading the dummy content from wptest.io within no at about 306.24 trans/sec for 15vconsecutive users. The version nailed different websites like Drupal, Magento with similar results and effective performance.
Find out current PHP Version
Next to talk about is how you can now the PHP version of your WordPress site. Well, before moving on to any other version of PHP you must know the current version of the software that you are using. To know your version, here are the steps that you can follow:
- Search the “Display PHP Version” from your WordPress dashboard, get the plugin and activate it.
- With an activated plugin, you can see the current version of the PHP which you are using under “At a glance” section in your WordPress Dashboard.
This is a very simple way that can be used for finding the PHP version of any web hosting.
Switching to PHP 7
Once you know on which PHP version you are working, the next thought which may come to your mind is how you can switch to the latest version of PHP without compromising with any of your data or crashing your website. To install the latest version of PHP, you first need to be sure that all the plugins and themes that you are using are compatible with the PHP 7 version.
One way to be sure about the compatibility of your plugins and themes with the version is by timely updating them. If you have been consistent in updating your themes and plugins on a timely basis, there would be no harm to your site.
But, don’t worry if you are not so consistent with updating them and your site crashed. With a backed up site and data, you can easily downgrade to the previous version of PHP and run as smooth as you were doing.
Despite this way to confirm the compatibility with PHP 7, you can use “PHP Compatibility Checker“. Post downloading it, you can follow the following steps:
- Go to Tools -> PHP Compatibility
- Under PHP Compatibility, choose the PHP version as 7 in scan options for PHP version and select scan all plugins and themes for plugin/theme status.
- As soon as you select the options and click the “Scan site” option, the checker will display the list of all plugins and themes that are compatible with PHP version 7.
Be sure that all the items are compatible with the version that you are going to use. If not, then drop the item before using it.
It would be not wrong to say that with PHP 7, WordPress is witnessing an amazing speed and performance. If you were still not aware of this update and were not using this awesome update, try it now and let us know about your experience.