What is PHP?
PHP (or Hypertext Preprocessor) is an open-source server-side scripting language commonly known for its attachment to WordPress that millions of developers use for professional or personal websites. PHP is also known as a general-purpose language that can be used to create Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) or be embedded into HTML. PHP, in its early days, was one of the first scripting languages used for making dynamic websites. PHP made it simple to add dynamic features to websites without the use of external data.
What Does This Change for my Website?
With WordPress being the main creative source of 40% of all websites, PHP 8 is going to be a game changer. For WordPress users, staying on PHP 7.4 beyond its expiration date can open their sites up to security risks and malware. As of now, there will be no more security updates for PHP 7.4 in WordPress. Failure to switch will result in an unprotected site, vulnerable to cyber attacks and breaches. With this in mind, the time is now to protect your site and your private data.
- Site becomes vulnerable to security risks
- Security updates cease
- Private information/customer data now at risk
- Decreasing site performance
- Website crashes
Anyone with stock in their online management knows that using outdated software is not worth the risk in any scenario. Failure to update to PHP 8 could result in PHP-related warnings that could inevitably turn into dangerous errors that will likely bring your WordPress website down completely. You can also expect problems when you update your active theme as well as plugins that are updated for the PHP 8 versions.
Furthermore, sticking around with PHP 7.4 will lead to massively reduced site performance, which can actually cost you more long term. Your hosting and website maintenance costs will drive up as your online traffic builds. Having your website updated to WordPress 6.1 and PHP 8 will result in much lower website maintenance costs in the long term.
- Completely compatible with WordPress 6.1
- Security improvements
- Overall performance improvement
- Improvements in development
- Less WordPress errors