PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor, this is an open-source programming language that runs on the web server. According to W3Techs, PHP is used by over 79.1% of all the websites that use a server-side programming language. Basically every 8 out of 10 websites you visit are most likely utilizing PHP in some form. Of course PHP plays a very vital role in the WordPress ecosystem, as the entire CMS is built on PHP.
The life cycle of PHP
All of the PHP versions have a life cycle of around three years. After that period of time they are no longer supported.
Developing a WordPress site is often an repetitive process. WordPress is very flexible, because of that you tend to try many different layouts, themes, and plugins. Then after testing, configuring and tweaking you finally come down to a setup that meets your needs, it is aesthetically pleasing, and performs reliably.
Then you take a look in your admin panel and notice that there are a dozens of different themes you have downloaded, as well as the six different social sharing plugins you tried before putting everything right. Once done with your website development, you start posting articles, new pages and get into your groove and kinda forget about the excessive software that is just sitting around.
If you would like to achieve fast loading time for your WordPress site, crucial thing is to decrease the size of your pages. This could be the difference between website that loads in 1 second and one that feels like it is dragging. Enabling GZIP compression will help reducing the size of your webpage, which usually significantly reduce the amount of time to download the resources (CSS, JS, images and etc.), reduce data usage (bandwidth) for the client, improve the time to first render of your website page and improve the user experience.
All modern browsers support GZIP and automatically look for GZIP compression for all HTTP requests. Today we will share with you how to check and enable GZIP compression on your web server and your website.