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Joomla 4 is coming: Why do we need to upgrade to PHP 7?
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Is it necessary to upgrade PHP 7?

Joomla 4 development team has concentrated much on building an advanced Joomla version to bring users a better experience. According to Joomla official announcement, Joomla 4 stable version will be released in this year 2018. On November 19th, 2017, Joomla 4 Alpha version released with the purpose to allow advance testing of custom extensions, so that PHP specialists can report problems in case it happens before releasing the final version of Joomla 4.

Firstly, let’s see what news in Joomla 4 features:

  • Offer 2 new templates developed with Bootstrap 4
  • Reworked installation process for bringing users better experience
  • Delete Joomla 3.x deprecated functions
  • Reworked Application for Consoles
  • Integrate Joomla Framework packages.

Interesting? Shall we start discussing more PHP 7 and reasons to upgrade it?

Why to upgrade?

Joomla team has listed main reasons to Joomla general news release to persuade us to upgrade PHP 7.

Advanced Performance

It can be said that PHP 7 is superior in many aspects due to enhancing performance. Not similar to PHP 5, PHP 7 not only makes your site run at 2x speed but also offer 50% greater memory consumption. PHP 7 is secure, its features are brand new and good, which brings developers to many interesting ideas.

Support/Security

Currently, PHP 7 is the major launch of PHP language that is fully supported. After Joomla 4 releases, security support will be kept in one year with the old PHP version. Besides, there is no security fix for the old PHP version, which makes your site be in risked with cyber attacks hitting headlines.

Moreover, it is possible for your site to run under Joomla 4 without any problem as PHP 7 is the latest version of PHP.

Interesting Joomla 4 features revealed

Joomla 4 will be released with many great features including clean code and a renewal framework. In addition, New Media Manager, advanced Event dispatching system and securing new features are also provided.

So, it is understandable for Joomla team to require us to use PHP 7 as required PHP version for Joomla 4.

Powered packed Framework

Joomla Framework 2.0 new version has some major advances. There are some considerable security enhancements in its renew version in Joomla 4:

  •  Refactored Keychain package to save encrypted data
  • Refactored Session package
  • New console package to build safer and greater command line apps.
  • Refactored Router package.

Conclusion

That’s all of our article today!  If you don’t want to miss advantages and great features of Joomla 4, let’s prepare for the next Joomla 4 by upgrading to PHP 7 now! Thank you so much for reading! If you have any question, please feel free to let us know by leaving a comment below, we will reply as soon as possible!

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