1. Sam

    A look at the statistics are fascinating (not only PHP versions). PHP 7.3 is almost a blip (it does not show in the chart), but will likely pick up speed. 40% are already on 7.0 or greater. A full 24.6% currently are running PHP versions lower than 5.6, something that will take a LONG time to change.

    About 20% are running very old WordPress versions.

    Looking at RTL locales, it is interesting to me that 0.8% are Farsi, while Arabic is only 0.3% (surprisingly matching Hebrew that I expected to be much lower than Arabic based on population).


  2. Brian Layman

    You’re right. WordPress forcing a tangible bump to the speed of websites is a significant incentive.

    Looked from another perspective, how many game developers write their software targeting DX9 on Windows XP SP2 or Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger?

    There have been many advances introduced to web development since 5.2’s release in 2006. A developer of plugins for general use has to ignore the version restriction or 12 years of innovation. 12 years is a LONG time of doing things the old fashioned way. It makes features like name spaces, that were added to PHP way back in 2014, seem new hat. “4 years old” is not new in any shape or form.


  3. Marcus Tibesar

    Been running 7.0 since it was first released- it’s time, so thank you WordPress.


  4. Wojtek P

    I’m so happy that they going faster implement to newest PHP versions.

    Just now i’m testing php 7.3 and its 30% faster than php 7.0 (based on php benchmark script!).

    the gap between 5.6 and 7.3 performance is huge – i would say close to 250%


  5. Rod Olman

    best-in-class developer experience

    That ship sailed when Matt made all GB decisions behind closed doors, forced breaking changes in every other version of GB (Elliot of ACF was mighty unimpressed) and Otto told everyone that reviews don’t matter.

    The reviews were never any kind of “make or break” for the new direction. The new direction was decided and final years ago, when the work began.

    Continued calls in the reviews to roll it back are kind of wasted effort. It’s not rolling back. Adapt, or move on.

    WordPress is no longer developer friendly, and Otto and Matt have proved it.


  6. KJG
    • Chris Van Patten

      This article was only talking about bumping the recommended version, not actually changing the required minimum version :)


  7. Ryan Hellyer

    This has taken a long time, but it’s good to see it finally happening. Hopefully the project doesn’t put itself in this type of situation again. I don’t think many people agreed with the official stance on this, so it will be nice to see the community move forward in agreement now.

    Matt Mullenweg wrote an interesting article on this back in 2007.

    I think he has really good points there, but WordPress unfortunately can not dictate how PHP handles it’s implementation and forking PHP was never an option, so bump WordPress requirements to match those of the official PHP project is the only sensible option IMHO.


  8. Ciprian

    Nothing is happening yet. There is still legacy code there.

    Just by saying that WordPress is now PHP 7+ compatible doesn’t make it faster.

    Just by checking that WordPress is now running on a PHP 7+ platform doesn’t make it faster.

    Lots of files need to be cleaned up, refactored or improved to actually use the PHP 7 features.


  9. Alisa

    Here’s hoping hosting companies will get with the program. Almost half of the hosts our clients use still offer PHP 5.6 or PHP 7.0 at a maximum, both of which are either EOL’d already or will be 5 days from now. We work on educating our clients about the importance of an up-to-date PHP version, but many find moving hosts a daunting prospect, no matter how easy we make it for them.


  10. Ant Ekşiler

    I think they should just move away from 5.* versions as fast as possible. It is incredible how slow and troublesome old versions are compared to PHP 7.0+


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