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Is it Still Relevant to Build Websites with PHP in 2019?

Is it relevant to build websites with PHP in 2018?

The world of the Internet is similar to the universe – there might be an end somewhere, but we can’t see it. Thousands of new websites are launched each and every day and this tendency doesn’t seem to stop. But have you ever wondered how are these sites are made?

When it comes to choosing the programming language the choice might be hard to make. There are so many options available on the market that you might feel like a child in a candy store.

Nevertheless, programmers are used to choosing one or two languages to stay focused. Admit it, being an expert in one technology is better than knowing several ones but on the beginner level. For example, we in GBKSOFT have picked PHP as our main technology. You may ask “Why PHP?”. We answer:

  1. What are the main advantages of PHP?
  2. Popular websites that use PHP
  3. Is PHP still Relevant in 2019?

What are the main advantages of PHP?

PHP is known to be the most frequently used programming language. Just imagine, more than 88% of websites are built with PHP!

Interesting fact: PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page. Now the meaning has transformed into Hypertext Preprocessor.

Open Source

The first thing you need to know about PHP is that this technology is free in all senses. The crucial point of open source tech is the large community of developers working with it. Not only they are using PHP each day, but also bring new positive changes and enhancements. Programmers can learn faster and implement the 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.

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Scalability

Building a website or a web application, creators are probably looking forward the projects’ growth. Therefore scalability is the quality that is very important, as the website should grow and handle the increasing traffic. Websites built with PHP can be easily extended by adding more servers when needed. More users = more servers. Voila!

P.S. Since PHP is supporting all the main web browsers, scalability is not a problem.

High Speed

Since PHP uses its own memory, both workload and loading time are reduced. As a result, the processing speed is rather high, which is a benefit not only for developers but also to their clients who get the product delivered sooner.

Security

Some blame PHP to be not secure as it is open source. But the truth is any programming language is vulnerable, it’s just a matter how they are used. The security level depends on the expertise of a developer and his practices. For example, one of the ways to avoid security breaches is to provide software testing. By the way, it’s an essential milestone of each project completed by our team.

Cost Efficient

Since PHP is an 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. Due to the multiple integration options, using PHP is free of charge that reduces the development cost.

Custom development

The server-side PHP is the best tool for creating custom websites, as it’s not limited by any custom options. Hence, developers can create web platform based on PHP that exactly matches the clients’ needs. For instance, combined with JavaScript the dev team can build a functional and good looking website at the same time.

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Popular websites that use PHP

As we said before, more than 80% of websites all over the Internet are built with PHP. But you might be interested in what really large platforms have used this programming language? The short list below might be enough to convince you:

  • 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

Is PHP still Relevant in 2019?

Some say that if these platforms were built today, they would not choose PHP. But we don’t agree with such statements. PHP is convenient, easy to learn, has many useful libraries, all the documentation is detailed, and what is very important — has a huge community. Some might call this language an old one, while we consider it to be the classics.

Need more information on PHP development costs? We have a separate article covering this topic.

Conclusion

Generally, the choice of the development language is the compromise between pros and cons of the options available. PHP is the language that can be used to build any kind of websites, 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 we use PHP in our web projects.

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Elena is the business analyst passionate about everything connected with startups, business ideas, and analytics. She’s aiming to find the solution for every challenge, young companies meet on their way.


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Lokesh Sharma
Aug 25, 2018 at 3:06 PM

*PHP dialect has its underlying foundations in C and C++. PHP punctuation is most like C and C++ dialect linguistic structure. In this way, developers think that its simple to learn and control.
*MySQL is utilized with PHP as back-end instrument. MySQL is the prevalent online database and can be interfaced exceptionally well with PHP. Subsequently, PHP and MySQL are brilliant decision for website admins hoping to mechanize their sites.
*PHP can keep running on both UNIX and Windows servers.
*PHP likewise has capable yield buffering that further increments over the yield stream. PHP inside reworks the cradle with the goal that headers precede substance.
*PHP is dynamic. PHP works in mix of HTML to show dynamic components on the page. PHP just parses code inside its delimiters, for example, Anything outside its delimiters is sent specifically to the yield and not parsed by PHP.

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