Why do you use PHP?

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Why do you use PHP?

54 Thoughts on “Why do you use PHP?

  1. Nicolas on April 7, 2011 at 9:22 am said:

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

  2. Lionel on April 7, 2011 at 9:24 am said:

    – 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 on April 7, 2011 at 9:40 am said:

    Easy, Free, Portable

  4. Marvin on April 7, 2011 at 9:44 am said:


  5. 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!

  6. Versatile, powerful.

  7. 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…..

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

  9. Karl Spies on April 8, 2011 at 9:13 am said:

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

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

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

  12. The community
    The documentation
    Targeted for the web

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

  14. Practical. Powerful.

  15. Gets the job done.

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

  17. Brad on April 8, 2011 at 9:34 am said:

    Fan girls.

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  19. Simple, yet powerful.

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

  21. Community, availability.

  22. Derek Nutile on April 8, 2011 at 10:40 am said:

    It is the standard.

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

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

  25. WashingtonDC on April 8, 2011 at 11:53 am said:


  26. 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.

  27. jowee on April 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm said:


  28. Easy with a lot of resources

  29. 1, scripting language for the web
    2, best documentation
    3, active and helpful community
    4, start maturing frameworks
    5, massive Eco systems

  30. Easy, powerful, free

  31. Petah on April 9, 2011 at 7:01 am said:

    Because that’s what they pay me to do!

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  33. – 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.

  34. myszek123 on April 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm said:

    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

  35. simon romanski on April 14, 2011 at 7:46 am said:


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

  37. Elizabeth M Smith on April 26, 2011 at 11:50 am said:

    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

  38. Duane Bronson on April 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm said:

    (I also like ada and c)

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

  40. Zend Framework!

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