You may be wondering why it was necessary to move from PHP 5 to PHP 7.2. After all, it costs money. But we had to do it. In the same way as when Windows 8 was going the way of the dinosaurs, the next evolution was Windows 10.
PHP 5 will eventually be completely unsupported, so you won’t be able to host your website anywhere anyway. And on the odd chance that you did, you’d find the lack of support means security risks. Like building a mansion in a bad part of town, firing your security guards, and leaving the gates and doors wide open. Hackers would take advantage and that would be bad for business.
For one thing, your website would be earmarked as a security hazard by Google, and you wouldn’t turn up in searches.
Then there’s the more positive reasons for the move. Going back to our Windows 10 metaphor, the new operating system enabled people to do more, in a more stable environment, where apps just worked better.
In the same way, the upgrade to PHP 7.2 means you get a snappier, more responsive website. For your customers, the website’s loading speeds will be much faster. It creates a more pleasurable experience. A smoother one. It’s like the difference in experience between taking Metrorail and the Gautrain.
For our developers, it means more access to tools that allow for better customisability of your website in future, too. So that as business competition needs change, and become fiercer, we’ll have the programming language on your website in place to allow you to adapt.
So essentially, the move to PHP 7.2 is a move that just makes sense. Business sense. And without knowing it, your customers will just, well, click with it, as they click on it.
Below a fun graph to illustrate the new improved server response times of PHP7.