PHP 7 RC 1 is out now and it is FAST: Gentlemen, test your websites

Update: Since August 26th, 2015: PHP 7 RC1 is available for 1&1 customers.

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PHP 7 beta is now available for 1&1 customers in the 1&1 Control-Panel. PHP 7 beta at 1&1 gives you the opportunity to test the advantages of PHP 7 on your website under real conditions.

Use the beta to:

  • Check your PHP code
  • Test external and core extensions
  • Plan your own personal transition to PHP 7

Not for use on production systems: PHP 7 beta is not intended for use on production systems. For this reason, we recommend testing this PHP version on a copy of your website. You can also create a subdomain and switch it to PHP 7 beta.

You can configure the PHP version of your choice for each of your domains here, and change it again at any time.

Test PHP 7 beta now

Next to the desired domain select Set PHP version and then PHP 7 (beta).

PHP 7 beta: The website turbo (first look)

PHP 7 Is heading for the home stretch with high performance. The release of PHP 7 with full 64-bit support is currently scheduled for November 2015. The current beta 1 already shows how much progress PHP 7 has made.

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Twice the performance of PHP 5.6

PHP 7 will significantly benefit most web applications – the performance is increased considerably, and in most cases even doubled (in req./second). The performance optimizations in PHP 7 offer even greater advantages for popular CMSs like WordPress. (Source)

Just switch to PHP 7 and you can enjoy a 25 to 70% increase in performance. If your application is compatible, you do not have to adjust a single line of code.

Beta 2: Test your website and extensions with 1&1

The 1&1 Web Hosting team is currently running in-house tests in the alpha and beta version of PHP 7 that has already been released. So far, the results have been very positive.

We also want to give you the opportunity to test PHP 7 early on, which is why we offer our customers PHP 7 as an option starting with beta 2.

PHP 7 beta 2 at 1&1 gives you the opportunity to test the advantages of PHP 7 on your website under real conditions. You can check your PHP code, test external and core extensions, and plan your own personal transition to PHP 7.

Great for developers

PHP 7 offers several exciting new features for developers.

Better sorting with the spaceship operator

With the spaceship operator, PHP 7 is introducing a new operator that allows you to create comparisons and order operations more easily.

Example:

function order_func($a, $b) {
   return $a <=> $b;
}

(Source)

Scalar Type Hints and Return Type Declarations

With PHP 7, argument type hints and return type declarations now support new scalar types. For example, you can define whether you expect strings, bools, ints or floats to be returned or forwarded.

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