PHP 7 Released!

Written by Douglas Perry on . Posted in Server


At BWG we develop a majority of our apps and websites using the PHP programming language. The exciting news is that PHP version 7 was released moments before this post went up. The best part of PHP 7 is that once we upgrade, our client’s sites will run up to 100% faster and handle tremendously more traffic than PHP 5.5 which is what were currently running on our servers


Why are we making such a big deal out of this?

  • We’re a bunch of computer geeks. Any fun new toy is exciting.
  • 100% performance improvement without having to rewrite code.
  • PHP 7 is less memory-hungry than the version it replaced.
  • Once we upgrade PHP 7 will allow us to handle more traffic on the servers that host our clients’ websites.
  • PHP 7 crushes the previous generation of PHP!

Let’s have some pretty benchmark graphs!

PHP 7 WordPress Benchmark

As you can see, PHP 7 can handle 2.6 times more traffic per second than PHP 5.6!

We run LiteSpeed on our web servers so we can expect amazing performance for the WordPress websites we host. We also support HTTP/2 (you need an SSL certificate to make HTTP/2 work). PHP 7 and HTTP/2 make your WordPress site really fly!

PHP 7 was just released. We’re still testing it out and will make it generally available to our clients in 2016. Learn more about PHP 7 here

New Server Build – Ludicrous Speed

Written by Douglas Perry on . Posted in AWS, BWG Updates, Server, Support, WordPress

At Boston Web Group, we’re always innovating and working on pushing the envelope of technology.

We’re pleased, no, ecstatic to announce our next-generation web hosting platform. Our R&D work with other clients has helped us develop a web hosting platform that is the fastest and most scalable hosting offered by a Boston-based digital agency.

Most web servers run on the LAMP stack: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP; but Apache is so 1995.

Apache is the software that makes serving up websites possible. It’s been around for 20 years and is showing its age. It was designed during a time on the Internet when websites were simple and people danced the macarena.

The New BWG Hosting Platform

Our platform is different. It was built for today’s websites and performs to today’s expectations of speed and traffic handling. It supports cutting-edge technology like solid-state hard drives, PHP 7, HTTP/2, and on-the-fly code optimization for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and other PHP-based websites. We offer an advanced cache technology that improves speed for Magneto sites by up to 35%.

It’s the best hosting platform we’ve built to date. It surpasses the offerings by the bigger hosting providers. Want in?

The chances are that you’re already on it, and you probably notice the speed increases already.  In fact, you may have been one of the few that had to call in and have some special tweaks done for your mail, server, or app hosting.  Well, we’re still fine tuning and tweak things under the hood daily, so let us know if you have issue or if you want to upgrade to faster hosting – we’ll custom define your hosting environment based on your website/APP’s needs.

If you want to learn more, give us a call at 855-355-SITE to get on the priority list. If you’ve been thinking of switching hosting providers, switch now and we’ll give you a FREE SSL certificate for a year.

We love our customers !