Magento is a powerful and popular PHP based Ecommerce solution. Magento was first released in March 2008 and its first version’s name was “Varien”. At that time, the latest version of PHP was 5.2. Nowadays we are happy users of Magento 1.9.x that supports PHP versions up to 5.5.x but Magento solution runs more smoothly on PHP version 5.6.

There are many merchants who want to smoothen and improve their Magento store. As Magento developers, we need to search new ways for improvements of Magento stores as well as possibilities to make every version of Magento compatible with new solutions. Along with Magento upgrades, PHP versions also get updated periodically. Currently, version 7 is the latest PHP iteration. There are many reasons to switch to the latest version of PHP but the most inspiring of them is that PHP 7 is 2X faster.

Recently PHP 7 hosting has been added to the Cloudways console and in this article, I show you how to configure PHP 7 with your Magento store and I share some performance benchmarks of Magento on PHP 7.

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