New PHP and Redis update – Time to upgrade?

Redis is an open-source, in-memory data structure server created by Salvatore Sanfilippo. It features an advanced NoSQL database, a key-value cache and store. Its key function is the ability to store data, referred to as value, inside a key. This data can only be retrieved with the exact key used to store it.

If your clients’ websites are dynamic and built with MySQL and PHP, it needs a caching mechanism to ensure visitors can quickly retrieve data. The New PHP and Redis updates are already widely popular with developers because of their speed and it helps greatly that they are easy to use.

If your clients are not already using the new PHP here are a few reasons:


Why It’s Time to  Upgrade to The New PHP and Redis Updates


Speed and Performance: The new PHP  is faster enabling WordPress sites to execute double their requests per second.


Support and Compatibility: Your client’s website should move forward with theme and plugin developers. Newer versions will only be compatible with the new PHP rendering the older version obsolete.


Security: The latest PHP version ensures your client’s websites are secure against vulnerabilities previously identified in older PHPs such as code execution, XSS, SQL injection, and DoS among others.


If your client’s website uses CMS or PHP frameworks, there are a variety of plugins that you can use to connect to Redis. However, if the site is not built with any PHP frameworks or CMS, it might be a bit more complicated.


Why You Should Use Redis in PHP


Redis is popularly used for caching and the new release has even more improved functionality plus new features. The new update, Redis 6, offers its users better security, improved performance, and it’s easier to use.

The game-changing Access Control Lists defines a set of commands for each user. This feature is set to expand in more languages now that the upgrade is readily available to all users. Redis 6 also comes with encryption of traffic over SSL. This feature provides encryption without using third-party applications which makes it a key feature for more business websites with encryption as a key requirement.

Using Redis 6 in PHP also improves speed by delegating more time to reading and writing I/O sockets and devoting more cycles to manipulation, retrieval, and storage of data. This feature will infinitely boost the site’s performance.

Redis in PHP allows caching of bigger amounts of data. The new updates come with a mass insertion feature which can cache millions of pieces of data within a short time.

If you have not already upgraded your client’s websites, they’re losing out on speed, security, and overall a better user experience. The new Redis and PHP updates allow your client’s website to store and manipulate a wide variety of data structures with speed and efficiently at speeds that could not be achieved before with no compromise on the safety of user data.


Before upgrading the site, ensure it is compatible with the new PHP version. Contact us on 01257 758 078 or email us at for more information on the benefits of the new updates and to find out whether it is the right move for your clients.