PHP 8 has been released and it’s a huge update, with loads of changes and some very significant steps forward for the language.
Is WordPress compatible with PHP8?
Short answer: no, not yet, and initally it will only be “beta support”. The WordPress development team is working to get WordPress beta compatible for version 5.6, which is due out any day now.
Even when WordPress core is compatible with PHP 8, it’s important to remember that your theme and all plugins will need to be compatible with PHP 8 before you can switch your site over to using the new runtime.
Considering the number of significant changes in PHP 8, including deprecated functions like
each, we believe it could be quite some time before it’s practical to run your WordPress site with PHP 8.
More information is available from this article on WordFence.com: PHP 8 What WordPress Users Need to Know.
When will PHP 8 be available for WP NET customers?
Managed Servers usually get PHP upgrades first, so we will announce sometime soon when PHP 8 is going to be available.
For MWP (Plesk) servers, this depends on when Plesk make the new runtime available – we will post updates as we learn more.
PHP 8 Release Information
You can read more about the PHP 8 release on the PHP 8.0 Announcement Addendum.