New Features Coming in PHP 7.4!

July 16, 2019


The next minor release of PHP 7, that is PHP 7.4 will be released on November 28, 2019. PHP 7.4 will significantly boost website performance, speed and improves the code reliability/maintainability.

Following are some of the changes and new features that will make your PHP website faster, reliable and scalable.

  1. Spread Operator in Array Expression
  2. Arrow functions (or short closures) for cleaner one-liner functions
  3. Null Coalescing Assignment Operator
  4. Typed Properties 2.0 in classes
  5. Introduces the WeakReference class
  6. Covariant Returns and Contravariant Parameters
  7. Significant boost in performance because of Preloading
  8. New Custom Object Serialization Mechanism
  9. Deprecations


Let’s have a closer look at why you should upgrade your site to the latest version of PHP 7.

PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 has already reached its end of life. This means it will no longer have security support and could be easily exposed to critical security vulnerabilities. We highly recommend upgrading existing PHP 5 website or web application to the latest support version of PHP 7 to experience the significant change in speed, performance and security.

PHP is one of the most widely used server-side programming language. As per the statics of PHP usage, PHP 5 is still used by 52.4% of all website, means the large majority of websites are still running on an unsupported version of PHP. As per the WordPress website usage stats, 67% of all WordPress websites are running on the unsupported version of PHP. There are very less website using the latest version of PHP 7.3.

See the below table to know more on Currently Supported Versions.

-Supported PHP versions (Image source: Supported Versions)


Active support
Security fixes only
End of life

As a PHP website owner, you might not technically incline about the upgrades, maintenance and security fixes. All you care is that your site is running smoothly and efficiently, and it’s functionally rich without any bugs or security risk.

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Last Update: July 16th, 2019