Firstly, a PHP update will allow your website to run faster, as each updated PHP version becomes more efficient than the last. By upgrading to OpenCart’s latest recommended PHP version, your website performance will increase and consequently offer a much more frictionless experience to your visitors.
Think of this as updating your IOS on your iPhone. You wouldn’t stay stuck on an older version of IOS with all its subsequential lags and technical difficulties if a newer version was available. The same logic applies to updating your PHP version.
A PHP update offers a host of secondary benefits, too! A faster OpenCart website will be rewarded by search engines, meaning you’ll rank higher in search. Not to mention, your website is often the first touch point your customers have with your brand, and what better way to make a good first impression than a responsive, effective website?