The perks of PHP

7/05/2016 07:26:00 am Asad Ahmed 2 Comments

For the last few months I have been learning PHP as this is our back-end programming language of choice. But, naturally, I got thinking why do we use PHP? Especially because during my search for an apprenticeship the vast majority of web developer roles required the use of other languages. But through research and consulting with my seniors I have come to understand and appreciate why PHP surpasses its competitors and is the go to server-side programming language. Here I will share a selection of the information I found out.

First and foremost, PHP is the most widely used server-side programming language when it comes to developing websites; with over 82% of websites using PHP as of 23 May 2016.

A very important and useful feature of PHP is that, unlike many of its competitors, it is open source which means that help and support is easily available, free of charge and of a high quality as competent programmers share their expertise on forums such as Stack Overflow.

PHP also requires fewer lines of code in order to perform complex tasks than rival languages. Furthermore, PHP is interpreted at the server so changes are immediate and promptly viewable unlike other languages which require compilation following every modification before changes are visible. Both these advantages mean time is saved on development and hence costs are substantially lower than alternative languages.

So there you have it, that's why PHP is so great and why opt to use it for all our projects. We use PHP to create bespoke CMS websites, business applications and even WordPress sites are written in PHP!

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