To help accelerate the adoption of PHP 7 on WordPress sites, WP Engine announced on Monday that it is offering a PHP 7 environment for all of its customers, months after it launched a PHP 7 Compatibility Checker plugin for WordPress sites.
PHP is an open source server-side development language, and PHP 7 is the most significant update since 2004, WP Engine said. PHP 7 helps WordPress sites perform as much as two to three times faster versus prior versions.
With the latest announcement, WP Engine said that it is an easy upgrade process for all existing and new customers to go from an older version of PHP to PHP 7. It says it conducted extensive testing to ensure all of its 60,000 customers have a path to adopt PHP 7.
“As of February 2017, only 6.2 percent of the WordPress community have upgraded to PHP 7,” Jason Cohen, CTO of WP Engine said in a statement. “We’ve made it easy to test site-readiness for PHP 7 with our compatibility checker plugin, so now it’s incredibly easy for anyone on our platform to upgrade to PHP 7. We are delivering on our performance promise for faster WordPress applications that improve customers’ digital experiences, whether small business, big brand or agency.”
The availability of PHP 7 across its customers’ WordPress sites builds on WP Engine’s initiatives around helping customers improve web page speed including Page Performance, a web page speed performance tool integrated into the user dashboard.
In July, WP Engine announced support for HTTP/2 to reduce web page latency and improve SEO.
WP Engine is not the only web hosting provider to offer PHP 7 this year. In January, Bluehost announced that it had made the decision to offer PHP 7 as the default for its WordPress customers.