We are thrilled to inform you that we gained 50% speed increase by updating the PHP version for one of our customers. The webshop of www.bel-bo.be was already fast, partially thanks to the use of the Hypernode from Byte, one of our hosting partners that are specialised in Magento hosting.
Last week we did another good improvement with positive effects on performance. With the PHP version 5.5 we had an average PHP response time of 0,75 seconds. Which is good. But after updating the version to PHP7 we achieved an average PHP response time of 0,5 seconds. Awesome!
The image above indicates that our average PHP response time drops from the moment we start using PHP7 (Tuesday). The image is generated by MageReport.com, a very good tool to check the sanity of your Magento webshop.
So, the importance of keeping your software and LAMP stack up to date is very high. Not only for security reasons, also for performance! Speed is money.