All things come to an end, be it good or bad. This fact is relieving and terrifying at the same time as we want the bad things to end as soon as possible and good things to remain with us all the time.

However, the end is inevitable. It’s as inevitable as anything can get. No matter how much you hate it but the things that you love the most would face an end one day eventually. So, would PHP 5.6!

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Yes, you heard it right. It’s official now that PHP 5.6 will no longer be supported through the security fixes by 31st December 2018. The software wasn’t being developed for a few years. However, people continued to use it actively for their work.

Moreover, if you don’t jump to the PHP 7 by the end of 2018, then you might face serious security issues as there won’t be any release of bug fixes for the PHP 5.6 version.

What does it mean to you

So, what it means to you? What steps must you take to prevent any security hazards? Let’s check it one by one. You might be probably thinking that you have to upgrade and that’s not a big deal.

However, it might not be as easy as you would need a refractor. The version of your CMS may affect the conversion’s complexity.

You will witness various improvements in the performance, the most notable being the speed when you finally upgrade to the newer PHP 7.

The tests verified this which were run by the Zend technologies. They ran a series of performance tests between the PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.

Moreover, it showed that PHP 7 runs twice as fast as PHP 5.6. Furthermore, PHP 7 would get some additional improvements in memory consumption.

Recent installs, CMSs, and upgraded applications won’t have any issue with PHP 7. However, you might get stuck on add-ons, smaller plugins, and other customizations.

The worst-case scenario would be the one in which you have had customizations done for a module but haven’t upgraded any of the plugins in recent years.

In such a case, you can’t upgrade your website due to a plugin. To add to the woes, you won’t be able to find out a way to update that plugin and would proceed to PHP 7 only to crash your website altogether.

How we can help

Peerbits has a team of highly experienced professionals that possess exceptional skillsets and PHP app development is one of it.

We will help you with various things like conversion and review of your code to make your codes PHP ready. Our team would review your codes closely to come up with a precise amount of codes that are to be converted.

There are various factors that would affect the conversion of the codes. More customization and smaller plugins in your site could result in longer conversion time. Depending on this factor we can complete the conversion ranging from a few weeks to a maximum of three weeks.

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