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Speed up with SilverStripe 3.6.0 supporting PHP 7

Here at SilverStripe, we're constantly striving to improve site performance. Today's announcement looks at the 3.6.0 release with its support for PHP 7.



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We’re excited to announce SilverStripe stable release 3.6.0, which includes a few low impact security fixes, smaller enhancements and support for PHP 7.

What's in this release?

Most notably, the 3.6.0 release can be deployed on any server running PHP 7. To remain compatible with Semantic Versioning, most users running 3.6 on PHP 5.6 will not have to follow a significant upgrading path.

Thinking about upgrading to PHP 7?

Preliminary benchmarks show that a SilverStripe default project running on PHP 7 is 2 to 5 times faster compared to a vanilla PHP 5.6 installation. It is also significantly faster than PHP 5.6 with opcaches enabled. Every SilverStripe project will be faster on PHP 7, but your mileage may vary.

As we've released 3.6.0, we will no longer be supporting 3.4. Users are recommended to upgrade to 3.6.0.

Take a look at our changelog to see what API changes, features and bug fixes that are included in the 3.6.0 release. 

Getting the release

To get a copy of the 3.6.0 release, head to our download section.

Note: We have also released security patches for 3.4.6 and 3.5.4. See our official security release.

About the author
Christopher Joe

Chris is a senior developer at SilverStripe. He loves innovative ideas, especially in the web technologies space, and is constantly looking out for the next challenge. Currently working on his tan in the Javascript entangled space.

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  • We're running SS 3.6.2 and our server is running PHP 5.6. As I understand it we should upgrade to PHP 7 or 7.1 but NOT 7.2. Is that right?

    Posted by Greg Welsh, 12/10/2018 5:12pm (6 years ago)

  • Looking forward to upgrading to SilverStripe 3.6.0 and PHP 7 to get those speed increases... Terrific!

    Posted by Todd Hossack, 12/06/2017 4:15pm (7 years ago)

  • The speed gains are very good. Impressive.

    What are the gains when running php 5.6 with opcache vs PHP 7?

    Posted by Nicolaas, 08/06/2017 2:30pm (7 years ago)

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