Podcast #4: Did aPHP 5 to 7 upgrade make my WordPress website run faster?

Play Podcast #4: Did aPHP 5 to 7 upgrade make my WordPress website run faster?

WordPress requires the php server environment to run.

Did a PHP 5.6 to PHP 7 upgrade make my WordPress website run faster?

No.

But my WordPress website was already running super fast! I’m glad I upgraded my server PHP version to ensure I had the very fastest speed available to me using the PHP language.

If you do a bit of research online – you’ll soon discover that on average PHP version 7 does out perform previous versions of PHP. That was the main reason for upgrading my server from PHP 5.6 to PHP 7.

Now, because I was hosting on a managed hosting package, I just reached out to WpEngine technical support via live chat and requested them to make the upgrade for me . The upgrade was free, although my server IP address did change. This meant that I had to update my DNSMadeEasy DNS settings for a second time. The steps to follow are outlined on my blog article.

If you’re starting to build a website from scratch – just like I did, I’d suggest upgrading to PHP 7. The WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint process demonstrates how to do this.
Remember it’s all about micro speed gains!

In hindsight, I should have upgraded my WpEngine server before I made my first DNSMadeEasy change. But you live and learn! More information about the WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint is available on my blog at www.slibdesign.com.

Published by Ben

Ben is the author of the WordPress Speed Up Optimisation Blueprint. The standard for making WordPress website pages load quickly.Steps to follow are on his blog.Completing the blueprint made WpSpeedUpOptimisation.com load in 0.133 seconds on Pingdom from London in July 2018. Google+ Author Page