PHP 8.0 Available for Cloud Containers

PHP 8.0 is out now for Cloud Containers, and there's a few things to know before you dive in.

Today we are pleased to announce general availability of SiteHost's Cloud Container images for Apache and Nginx with PHP 8.0. PHP 8.0 is a major update of the PHP language, containing many new features and optimisations. Being a new release however there are some things to keep in mind before switching.

What's new?

There's a lot of new features in PHP 8, including improvements to the type systems and error handling as well as some useful new string and match functions. We've detailed some of this below, and you can also read more about them at the official PHP website.

Because this is a new release, not all extensions are available as of yet. Ones to note are:

PHP 8.0 is a new major version which introduces a few breaking changes as well as many new features and performance improvements. Due to the breaking changes there is a reasonable probability that you will need to make some adjustments to your code to get it running on PHP 8.0. Most major CMSes support PHP 8.0 but some third party plugins may not be fully compatible as of yet - if in doubt, check with the CMS or plugin provider.

If you’re ready to dive in and give it a go, you can spin up a PHP 8.0 container on your Cloud Container server today, with either Nginx or Apache, via the SiteHost Control Panel.

For those of you that are technically minded, here's some of the big changes in PHP 8:

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