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The last two years didn’t only bring us lockdowns, anxiety, and uncertainty. For us PHP developers, they’ve been an exciting time too. The pace at which our language is evolving is astonishing.
At the time of this writing, the site PHP The Right Way mentions PHP 8.1 as the recommended version to be used for new projects. Check out this article to dig into the new features you can use.
In this article, we’ll share our in-depth performance benchmarks for various PHP versions and platforms so you know what to expect after an upgrade.
We benchmarked 5 different PHP versions across 17 PHP-based CMSes, including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, SilverStripe, and Modx, and frameworks such as Laravel, Symfony, and more.
Let’s get started!
The State of PHP
Before going into the numbers, here’s some context to what you’re about to read.
Don’t believe the Twitter hype about PHP being dead. The truth is that PHP is still one of the most widely used programming languages, particularly when it comes to web development.
According to W3Techs, PHP is used by 77.4% of all websites whose server-side programming language they know. We would say that’s a pretty good indication of life, wouldn’t you?
But that’s not all. While many PHP detractors will argue that PHP is kept around for legacy code maintenance only, it’s a debatable claim for those who have been keeping tabs on what’s going on in the community.
Just the fact that the PHP foundation saw the light by the end of 2021 and is backed by big players in the industry is proof that PHP is here for the long haul.
But we can’t really hide the elephant in the room: most of the PHP-powered websites out there are still using outdated and unsupported versions of the language, which implies…
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