PHP is known to be the most frequently used programming language. Just imagine, more than 80% of websites are built with PHP. It is one of the oldest and most used server-side languages for web development. It has certainly matured and grown so much over the course of 25 years. The latest major release, PHP7 came with many enhancements to its performance, increasing speed to up to 100% of that of PHP 5 and reducing the memory consumption. Some may ask, “Why is PHP still being used to create new websites? Why aren’t all new sites using more modern frameworks such as Django, Node.js or Rails.” As if “modern” automatically means “better”. Out of many, I will state 5 important reasons why PHP is still a relevant web development tool.
- Open Source
Firstly, you need to know PHP is free in all senses. The important point of open source technology is the large community of developers working with it. Available for free, PHP is controlled by a great community of users who offer technical support. Not only are they using PHP every day, but also, they bring new positive updates and enhancements. Programmers can learn faster and implement cutting-edge solutions as soon as possible. Moreover, PHP has its own support, unlike many other programming languages. All these factors lead to the arrival of the new frameworks, components and other tools that make PHP even better. No wonder, PHP is so widespread.
- Easy Access to different Content Management Systems (CMS)
PHP is entirely accessible to all CMS software easily and can help assist web developers to meet the needs of their clients. In order to deliver high-class user experience, PHP developed websites are highly personalized in all aspects. This is because, CMS like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla are based on this framework.
- High Speed
PHP has its own memory, so both workload and loading time are reduced. This has resulted in an increase in processing speed, which is a benefit not only for developers but also to their clients who get the product delivered sooner. Furthermore, PHP 7 brought in something that missed in PHP 5.x: speed and low memory consumption. PHP 7 speed is 100% faster than PHP 5.x and PHP 7.2 is 105% faster than PHP 5.x. The same web request that takes 80 MB RAM on PHP 5.x, takes about 7 MB RAM on PHP 7.2. A massive saving!
Since PHP is open-source it doesn’t require any additional expensive software to work with. You don’t have to pay for any extra licenses or royalty fees, there are no restrictions. Since it is licensed under general public, and due to the multiple integration options, using PHP is free of charge that reduces the development cost and most of its related applications like MySQL and Apache Servers are available for free. Also, you can find and hire PHP developers everywhere and their wages are competitive. PHP 7 even beats Facebook’s ‘native compiler’ in several tasks. This translates into reduced hosting and upgrades costs. We are talking about the language that could be hosted the cheapest of all, now getting cheaper.
- Custom Development
- Facebook 21.7B Monthly Estimated Visits
- Wikipedia 15B Monthly Estimated Visits
- Yahoo 4.8B Monthly Estimated Visits
- Flickr 118.0M Monthly Estimated Visits
- Tumblr 685.3M Monthly Estimated Visits
All of the above, show how and why PHP is still relevant a widely a common choice for web projects. PHP is the language that can be used to build any kind of website, starting with landing pages and simple WordPress websites, ending by the complex web platforms like Facebook. Flexibility, nativity, multiple integrations opportunities and high speed are among the main reasons why PHP is still relevant. And, here’s the other thing. In this era of new stuff coming out all the time, PHP has been a kind of calm at the centre of that storm. Steadily moving along. Making the necessary adaptations. And, still powering over 80% of the web.
Don’t go for modern, go for relevance.