It’s been around 4 years since wordpress last increased its minimum PHP requirement.
Make post => https://make.wordpress.org/core/2018/12/08/updating-the-minimum-php-version/
At that time, only 85% websites were using PHP version 5.6 or higher but wordpress still decided to increase its minimum PHP requirement to 5.6 for security and performance reasons.
Buw now, as per wordpress statistics, only 5.8% wordpress installations are currently running on PHP version 5.6.
I think we are now ready to further increase minimum PHP requirement to 7.0.
With proper coordination with hosting companies and encouraging the sites to increase PHP version to 7.0 by showing message in WordPress 6.1, we will be able to further decrease that 5.8% statistics.
This change will allow wordpress to enhance the security while at the same time get rid some bloat from core, improving the performance.
Thanks for your time.
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