Why Is PHP Popular with Web Developers: Suck it up you need to know PHP Because of WordPress


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PHP is the language of WordPress, and WordPress powers a lot of the Internet, so PHP will be around for a long while. So suck it up, to make it in the world you need to know PHP.

PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.

Instead of lots of commands to output HTML (as seen in C or Perl), PHP pages contain HTML with embedded code that does…

11 thoughts on “Why Is PHP Popular with Web Developers: Suck it up you need to know PHP Because of WordPress

  1. Considering all the security issues – imo: PHP is a lot harder to begin with. Ofc you can write "Hello World" stuff on no time – but when it comes on dealing with user input, processing/storing large data amounts – you have to be spot on with all the best practices related to security and even then something might come up along the way as time passes.

    Your website written in PHP today using best practices – may no longer be safe after few years. Hackers don't sleep 😀 – especially when there is such an easy way of messing something up in PHP based apps for hackers to exploit.

    Move away from it to more enterprise languages and environments ASAP as you can – you will enlarge your point of view.

  2. This comment is only now. The reason why PHP is because it's really easy to learn, you can program procedually or use objects. After you have written your code you can simply deploy the code very easily.

    Other web based languages such as Python and Ruby (Rails), makes it a little much harder to deploy onto a production server.

  3. PHP may be outdated, but its much more useful than that filthy mess that is WordPress… check out Laravel for instance! If you want something more modern in a serverside language I would personally recommend MeteorJS.

  4. By the way, first acronym of PHP was Personal Home Page. Only when it grew up as a language, they decide to change it to Hypertext Preprocessor.

    P.s. After learning Python I think that Personal Home Page was right decision and it shouldn't have been changed, because, IMO, it clearly represents the main point of PHP, unfortunately!

  5. If you're doing indie consulting, building sites for small businesses and such, a lot of that is doing WordPress. I think in most of those cases, people aren't writing much (if any) custom PHP code, but WordPress is definitely huge there.

    In my own freelancing, even though I didn't do much with WordPress, PHP was kind  inescapable — a lot of sites are done with CodeIgniter, Zend Framework, or just vanilla PHP. Drupal is pretty big too, even though I never touched that.

    So one way or another, a lot of us learned PHP on the way to where we are, even if we don't use it as our primary language now.

    If you are working in a startup, or doing the front-end development on a project, however, there's a good chance you're *not* using PHP. In fact, if I had to pick one programming language that you "kind of need to know" if you're doing web development, it would be JavaScript. Even if you're a backend developer and you're not using node.js, you probably have to do some front-end tasks from time to time. And at that point, knowing some JS is very helpful.

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