by Kevin Schroeder | 9:10 am

In one or two words, please comment to answer this question.

Why do you use PHP?


Carl Anderson


Apr 07.2011 | 09:13 am


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

Apr 07.2011 | 09:22 am


– 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

Apr 07.2011 | 09:24 am


Easy, Free, Portable

Apr 07.2011 | 09:40 am



Apr 07.2011 | 09:44 am


    +1 for the ultimate answer

    Apr 25.2011 | 05:17 am

Grayson Koonce

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!

Apr 07.2011 | 12:52 pm

Eric James Soltys

ubiquity and glue

Apr 07.2011 | 01:19 pm

Jeremy Cook

Versatile, powerful.

Apr 07.2011 | 01:45 pm

Gokul Muralidharan

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…..

Apr 07.2011 | 11:06 pm

Furkan Tunalı

-Open source
-Probably best suitable platform for web

Apr 08.2011 | 09:06 am

Karl Spies

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

Apr 08.2011 | 09:13 am

    Nitin Reddy Katkam

    …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!

    Apr 08.2011 | 12:58 pm

Timothy Warren

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

Apr 08.2011 | 09:18 am


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

Apr 08.2011 | 09:19 am

Eric Hogue

The community
The documentation
Targeted for the web

Apr 08.2011 | 09:20 am

Ricardo Machado

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

Apr 08.2011 | 09:21 am

Jason Lotito

Practical. Powerful.

Apr 08.2011 | 09:22 am

Philip Norton

Gets the job done.

Apr 08.2011 | 09:22 am

Pete Milkman

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

Apr 08.2011 | 09:23 am

    Nitin Reddy Katkam

    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!

    Apr 08.2011 | 01:00 pm


      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.

      Apr 08.2011 | 01:02 pm

Adam Backstrom


Apr 08.2011 | 09:27 am


Fan girls.

Apr 08.2011 | 09:34 am

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Craig Sefton

Simple, yet powerful.

Apr 08.2011 | 10:24 am

Rob Zienert

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

Apr 08.2011 | 10:24 am

Anthony Sterling

Community, availability.

Apr 08.2011 | 10:32 am

Derek Nutile

It is the standard.

Apr 08.2011 | 10:40 am

Ian Mone

Community, ease of learning, versatility, free.

Apr 08.2011 | 11:24 am

Ian Mone

Great community, ease of learning, versatility and free.

Apr 08.2011 | 11:25 am



Apr 08.2011 | 11:53 am

    Nitin Reddy Katkam

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

    Apr 08.2011 | 12:51 pm

Nitin Reddy Katkam

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.

Apr 08.2011 | 12:55 pm



Apr 08.2011 | 04:59 pm


Easy with a lot of resources

Apr 08.2011 | 05:29 pm


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

Apr 08.2011 | 06:42 pm


Easy, powerful, free

Apr 09.2011 | 06:53 am


Because that’s what they pay me to do!

Apr 09.2011 | 07:01 am

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Apr 09.2011 | 11:20 am

Wil Moore III

– 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.

Apr 09.2011 | 12:11 pm


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

    Apr 10.2011 | 11:19 am



Apr 11.2011 | 09:21 am


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

Apr 12.2011 | 01:06 pm

    Khaled Ezzughayyar

    well, that’s a really big ONE word 😀

    Apr 26.2011 | 11:42 am

simon romanski


Apr 14.2011 | 07:46 am

Amitav Roy

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

Apr 17.2011 | 01:48 am

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

Apr 26.2011 | 11:50 am

Duane Bronson

(I also like ada and c)

Apr 29.2011 | 03:25 pm


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

Jul 07.2011 | 12:10 am


Zend Framework!

Aug 09.2011 | 11:52 am

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