PHP 7 promises substantial speed improvements over previous versions of the language, along with many new features, and continues the work on modernizing the PHP language. This tutorial explains how to upgrade to PHP 7 from PHP 5.5.x.
In the past I’ve always setup my local development websites to utilize a .local hostname. (i.e., daharveyjr.local). Once I switched to utilizing a Mac for development, I noticed that my websites seemed to load extremely slow when running on my local MAMP installation. It always drove me crazy, but recently I discovered why it’s so slow, and found a way to resolve the issue.