WordPress requires the php server environment to run.
Did a PHP 5.6 to PHP 7 upgrade make my WordPress website run faster?
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.