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54 thoughts on “Why do you use PHP?

    1. CMSes (is that one word, or three?)

  1. Nicolas

    – Large community
    – Support
    – Easy to develop
    – Easy to deploy
    – Free…

  2. Lionel

    – Portable my code to any web server (win, linux, etc …)
    – Lots of support and info on the web.
    – Free !
    – Plays nice with front-end tech like Flex

  3. tonyl

    Easy, Free, Portable

    1. alireza

      +1 for the ultimate answer

  4. ZF2 & Symfony2 allow me to look past the last umpteen years of PHP messary 🙂 I’d even go as far as to say I’ve been excited for what this language holds in the future. Cmon, sane method names!

  5. A potential technology which can be scaled easily.
    Less learning curve and easy to setup the environment.
    Community and Enterprise support ready for large scale deployments.
    Confidence to build a project on top of it due to its robustness and stability.
    Always being Opensource.
    Easy adaptation for cloud environment.
    and so on…..

    1. Powerful and Adaptive language.

  6. -Up-to-date
    -Open source
    -Probably best suitable platform for web

  7. Karl Spies

    Simple: Magento, one of the best OS eCommerce Platform is built with PHP

    1. …and WordPress, the most popular CMS. Lots of clients want themes and plugins for WordPress and they actually pay you to do stuff that you love!

  8. – Easiest language to install
    – Easy to Use
    – Fast
    – Flexible
    – Built for the web
    – Can do basically anything with it.

  9. PHP makes it easy to get a web site up and running quickly.

  10. The community
    The documentation
    Targeted for the web

  11. – Well Documented
    – Fast to learn and to write
    – Flexible (non-strict) development (syntax)

  12. – Rapid prototyping
    – FAST
    – Freedom of philosophy
    – Friendly, helpful and gigantic community
    – Do something very simple, or something enterprise-sized

    1. I don’t really know if I can build something enterprise-sized… it isn’t appropriate for building desktop applications, when the users demand responsiveness… although, technically, you can!

      1. admin

        You definitely can build enterprise apps in PHP. Take a look at our customer list ( You will find a lot of enterprises there and a lot of them are what you would call “enterprise” apps. An enterprise app doesn’t necessarily run on the desktop.

  13. […] a new post to his blog Kevin Schroeder asks a simple question – why do you use PHP? In one or two words, please comment to answer this question. Why do you use […]

  14. I enjoy contributing to ZF2 and SF2. And uhh… my employer uses PHP, so I have no choice (professionally, speaking).

  15. Derek Nutile

    It is the standard.

  16. Community, ease of learning, versatility, free.

  17. Great community, ease of learning, versatility and free.

  18. WashingtonDC


    1. If you’re coding PHP for the paycheck, I’d love to be doing what you’re doing! 🙂

  19. I code in PHP because the platform has three of the most popular content management systems – WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. And using PHP with MySQL is free – no licensing costs for the most part. The hosting provider offers PHP and MySQL hosting on Linux for cheaper too, so that’s a cost saving that I can pass on to clients. When using PHP, there’s a lot of open-source code out there that can be used as a library of a base system to build plugins and themes upon. PHP cuts my development time by at least half with all that it has to offer.

  20. Easy with a lot of resources

  21. 1, scripting language for the web
    2, best documentation
    3, active and helpful community
    4, start maturing frameworks
    5, massive Eco systems

  22. Petah

    Because that’s what they pay me to do!

  23. […] a new post to his blog Kevin Schroeder asks a simple question – why do you use PHP? In one or two words, please comment to answer this question. Why do […]

  24. – Doesn’t try to _hide_ HTTP from you (mostly).

    – Flexible enough to support your paradigm of choice (oop, functional, procedural) — sure, it doesn’t do any of these perfectly, but it is hard (if not impossible) to be flexible yet pure at the same time.

    – Excellent standard library, and what isn’t there, is likely to be found in one of the following libraries: ZF, Symfony, Ez (Zeta) Components, PEAR.

    – Portability is quite good. PHP has been running very well on windows for many years.

    1. admin

      Could you expand your first point? Sounds like there’s a story there.

  25. myszek123

    Matured enough to employ enough OO to keep it fairly DRY, yet easy and flexible to the point that one can cheat here and there when deadline comes (a the expense of sanity and techdebt). ZF/Postgrs/Jquery keep the cheating part minimal and personal account always on the + side. Oh, and -> looks way cooler than . but that’s only me

    1. Khaled Ezzughayyar

      well, that’s a really big ONE word 😀

  26. simon romanski


  27. I use PHP for two reasons:
    1. Drupal CMS
    2. Easy to learn and open source

  28. Elizabeth M Smith

    Low barrier to entry
    Fast and cheap (not just in up front cost but things like hardware)
    PORTABLE (no other interpreted language is as easy to cross platform)
    Popular (really, this is a good thing)
    Interpreted not Compiled
    C based and Open Source

    “you did WHAT with PHP?” – yeah, that question, love it

  29. Duane Bronson

    (I also like ada and c)

  30. The Community
    Easy to use
    Strong frameworks ( like zend, symfony,Yii, CI… )
    Strong CMSes (Drupal, WordPress, Joomla,…)

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