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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.