WordPress has played a hugely significant role in helping PHP conquer the web over the last 12 years. While WordPress has whizzed through successive versions at an ever-increasing rate during that time, the language that still powers the majority of the platform has remained incredibly stable behind the scenes. Big changes are finally in the offing with the arrival of PHP 7, however, and major WordPress hosts such as WP Engine are already kicking the tires of the latest release and getting ready to fully support it for their users. In this piece, we’ll take a look at the development of PHP 7 to date, what the major changes are, what they mean for WordPress users, and consider whether you should be thinking of making the switch to the new version straight out of the gate. Let’s tee things up with a brief trip down memory lane. How PHP Took Over the Web PHP’s current omnipresence is almost taken for granted these days, but there was very little to suggest that it would go on to dominate the web when it was first cobbled together by Rasmus Lerdorf back in 1994. In many ways, PHP’s rise to the top has been a triumph of good, old-fashioned elbow grease over abstract
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