1 PHP is the fastest growing server-side technology
PHP is the fastest growing server-side technology (source: Netcraft).
According to a Netcraft survey published in April 2002, PHP is now
installed on over 24% of all sites on the Internet. Of the 37.6
million web sites reported worldwide, PHP is running on over 9
million sites and continues to grow at a rapid rate. Over the past
two years PHP has averaged a 6.5% monthly growth rate, eclipsing the
growth of other application serving technologies.
PHP Everywhere (php.weblogs.com) reports the following growth of PHP
applications on the web:
10-12-2000 03-04-2002 Growth Share
asp 3,166,710 11,958,185 278% 48%
PHP 157,470 7,549,230 4694% 30%
cfm 936,223 4,950,133 429% 20%
jsp 24,435 413,827 1594% 2%
With popularity comes support, templates and less expensive development
2 PHP reduces hardware and development costs
PHP pages benchmark execute, in general, 3 to 4 times faster than
equivalent JSP pages (source: eWeek). The result is reduced hardware
expense and better scale for a given hardware platform.
PHP web development has been benchmarked as 2 to 3 times faster than
JSP pages for equivalent projects while using equivalent resources
(source: PerlMonth). The result is faster time-to-market and less
expensive development cycles.
3 PHP is increasingly used by large organizations
Companies looking for less expensive and more reliable web applications
are increasingly turning to PHP. PHP is used by the following large
CapitalOne, NASA, the W3C, Worldcom, Google, Deutsche Bank, Redhat,
Lycos, Cisco, Ericsson, Volvo, Motorola, SourceForge, Honda, Xoom,
WinAmp, Sony Music, Vodafone, CBS, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young,
the US Army, UPI, the New York Yankees, Southwestern Bell,
the San Diego Zoo, the Oakland Raiders, Audi, Subaru, VA Linux,
Winamp, Duke University, Quicken, The Village Voice, Undernet,
Access Micro, Columbus Dispatch, Indianapolis Star,
Indiana University, Deutsche Telecomm, Bang & Olufsen, Siemens,
Unilever, Philips, BMC, NTT, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Dialpad, BMC,
Mitsubishi, MP3.com, the Arizona Republic
4 PHP has better community support
Because of PHP's explosive growth, the support community that has
grown up with PHP is of surprising size and scale. For instance,
Devshed's support forums currently have the following message breakdown:
Technology Posts Threads
PHP 80009 17478
Perl 8971 2102
Java 1537 268
Python 313 130
Sites like devshed, phpbuilder.com, zend.com, newbienetwork have
extremely large communities of PHP developers assisting one another.
These communities appear much larger and more active than analagous
web development communities.
5 PHP has superior templates for fast site roll-outs
Content management templates are becoming a dominant force in creating
successful web sites. Mimicking Slashdot, kuro5hin and others,
"weblog"-style templates have become a staple for successful sites.
These templates incorporate news, discussion, polls and other user-
friendly features. Primary reasons for their rapid acceptance include
the ability to easily manage content, to build sites that can
organically grow and to encourage repeat visits. Popular (and free)
content management templates in PHP include PostNuke
[ http://www.postnuke.com ] and PHPnuke [ http://www.phpnuke.org ].
Discussion boards are key elements of any dynamic site that seeks to
attract feedback, heavy usage and a sense of community. Popular PHP
discussion boards include phpBB [ http://www.phpbb.com ] and openBB
[ http://www.openbb.com ].
PHP-based templates dramatically reduce time-to-market, often have no
licensing costs associated with them, scale well and are heavily used
The case for PHP is compelling. And BadBlue remains the easiest way to
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