PHP 8.0 is a major update of the PHP language.
It was released on 26.11.2020 and it contains many new features and optimizations including named arguments, union types, attributes, constructor property promotion, match expression, nullsafe operator, JIT, and improvements in the type system, error handling, and consistency.
PHP 8 introduces two JIT compilation engines. Tracing JIT, the most promising of the two, shows about 3 times better performance on synthetic benchmarks and 1.5–2 times improvement on some specific long-running applications. Typical application performance is on par with PHP 7.4.
Relative JIT contribution to PHP 8 performance
Better performance, better syntax, improved type safety. Click here to learn more about PHP 8.
What is our plan?
One thing's for sure, we will support it as soon as possible, but first:
- We will make sure PHP 8 is supported by WordPress and other CMS platforms
- Wait for popular themes and plugins to support it
- Wait for greater stability and bug fixes
Once we are sure that this new version will be 99% stable, then we will support it alongside PHP 7.4
The best ETA we can give to our users is Q2 2021.