Looks like there are going to be a couple of big issues to keep in mind when looking at using WordPress this year.
1. Going to be forcing people to move to secure connections to get "all" functions. (We really do not know what this means)
2. Looks like they may be requiring PHP 7. this year as well. This brings up a couple of problems. First off your hosting has to be PHP 7 ready and while most will be be it is something that needs to be checked. Also all your plugins and themes need to be ready. The "major" ones will probably be OK but if you are using a less used/active plugin that has not been updated in awhile you may have to deactivate it and replace it with something else.
Powering over 76 million websites and holding a 59% CMS market share, WordPress continues to dominate the web in 2017. However, with the new year comes new challenges. Since PHP 7 could be the minimum requirement for running self-hosted WordPress in 2017, updating your server’s version of PHP to PHP 7 could be a necessary step.
In this post, we’ll cover why you should upgrade to the latest version, how to upgrade your server to PHP 7, any new features, inconsistency fixes, its overall performance, any backwards incompatible changes, the compatibility checker, and a note on PHP 7 benchmarks.
Let’s get started!