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  1. Sergey Biryukov

    Credits for creating the Meta ticket should go to Marius Jensen 🙂

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  2. Marcus L Tibesar

    Been running PHP 7.4 for quite a while now. Have over 40 activated plugins and haven’t experienced any issues so far…

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  3. John Willow

    Insane how much faster WordPress is on PHP 7.x, especially 7.3 and 7.4, compared to 5.x. Everyone should upgrade, and web hosts should nudge their customers to do it, IMO. Many web hosts have absurdly easy buttons to jump between various PHP versions.

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    • Steven Gliebe

      Totally agree. Hosts need to do their part to help their customers stay secure (maybe some are more interested in selling malware removal?). “47% are on unsupported PHP versions” should be considered an emergency. Not even 7.1 is receiving security updates at this point. It’s great that WordPress is doing its part to keep websites safe.

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  4. Gary Taylor

    I’d love to check my own code against 7.4. I have the plugin from WP Engine installed but it hasn’t been updated for 11 months, which is where things fall down for us hobbyists when we need a little help.

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  5. Pastebin

    Not even possible update my web host to 7.4 i use low price shared hosting..

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    • Ilgıt Yıldırım

      I’m sure there are low price shared hosting where you can use PHP 7.4. Using an unmaintained version which is already eol (end of life) is a security risk if nothing else.

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  6. Ilgıt Yıldırım

    WP actually recommends 7.3 not 7.4. This is definitely right step forward for WP but unfortunately it is wrong. Current latest stable version of PHP is 7.4 so the recommendation should be for 7.4, not an older version.

    Unfortunately this is just a recommendation. I wish WP would bump their minimum version to 7.2 at the very least.

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    • Steven Gliebe

      Soon enough and that will be a great day. I wouldn’t mind seeing any version that has reached EOL trigger disablement of adding new posts, pages, etc. in order to “strongly encourage” users to upgrade, stay safe, support modern development, perform faster, etc. A lot of users see important notices and just let them pile up, which is sad because updating everything is easier than ever.

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  7. Tomas M.

    Hi Justin, could you please make an article, similar that you did before, about what new PHP methods/techniques this switch enables for WP developers?

    Thank you!

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    • ILGIT YILDIRIM

      You don’t have to wait for an article. You have a lot of articles (and now they are quite old already) and resources about new things each specific PHP version brings; 7.0 and 7.1 are already EOL (end of life), 7.2 is soon to be EOL.

      PHP 7 version is already out since 2015. There are tons of articles around the web about even what PHP 8.x will be bringing with code samples.

      Available new methods of each higher version of PHP will be the same for Magento / Drupal / Laravel / Symfony / WordPress or even bare bones PHP code as these new things are available for PHP world.

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    • Richard

      Say hello to expanded Type Hinting and the Null Coalescing Operator/Assignment, by far the best additions that came with PHP 7+.

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  8. Patrick Dankers

    Can I say finally :) nah that’s perhaps a bit harsh.
    But it’s good to see WordPress trying to follow more closely when it comes to EOL version of PHP. Keep in mind it took them ages to not PHP 5.x was not a good thing to be using.

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  9. Natasha Minocha

    Yes being a food blogger we have to upload fresh and new content everyday .

    Content that have pictures etc , lots of plugin also work simultaneously .

    When we are At php 5.7 , the website was slow but now after 7.3 php it’s blazing fast.

    You can check : https://tashasartisanfoods.com/blog/

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  10. Matt

    Just had a long unsuccessful discussion with HostGator about this. The servers I am maintaining have 7.1 standard, with 7.2 and 7.3 only to be added via .htaccess edit, but without the ability to increase the max_execution_time of 30, which some modern themes need.
    Looks like several clients have to look for a new host.

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  11. Rami

    For more historical data see “Minimum PHP Version Required to run WordPress” on http://displaywp.com/wordpress-minimum-php-version/

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