PHP Reaches New Milestone

Open-Source Scripting Language for Dynamic Web Applications Passes Five

Million Web Sites Mark

Jan 10, 2001, 00:00 ET from The PHP Group

    BALTIMORE, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- -- The PHP Group
 today announced that PHP (PHP Hypertext Preprocessor), the popular open-source
 Web scripting language, is now found on more than five million Web domains,
 according to Netcraft ( Netcraft's authoritative survey of
 Web servers showed that PHP passed the 5.1 million domain mark this month,
 confirming PHP's position as one the fastest growing technologies for creating
 dynamic Web sites.  PHP is growing at a rate of nearly 15% a month -- faster
 than the overall rate of growth of the Web -- as existing Web sites switch
 from static to dynamic, database-driven architectures, where PHP excels.
     Originally developed in 1995 by Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP's popularity has
 skyrocketed in recent years. This overwhelming acceptance of PHP as an
 enterprise-scale scripting platform is driven by the explosive growth of
 server-based applications and by the increased recognition of PHP's ability to
 enable quick development of high-performance Web applications. Also a factor
 in PHP's growth has been the increasing popularity of open-source technology
 in general and Linux Web servers and Apache server software in particular. PHP
 is a server-side scripting technology, which enables web sites to be dynamic
 and scalable. This is critical for the success of large, complex e-commerce
 sites and has been a contributing factor in PHP's success.
     "The new-generation Internet demands dynamic transactional applications,
 so enterprise Web sites require highly sophisticated functionality," said
 Rasmus Lerdorf, open-source project engineer at Linuxcare. "PHP was designed
 specifically for the Web, with the ease-of-use, reliability and performance
 capabilities to help people get more from their sites. It's gratifying to be a
 part of a project that has had such an impact on millions of Internet users
 around the world."
     "PHP is experiencing tremendous industry acceptance," said PHP group
 member Zeev Suraski, Chief Technology Officer of Zend Technologies. "With use
 of the PHP platform increasing at a rate of 15 percent per month, PHP is
 quickly becoming the scripting language of choice for a large portion of the
 world's Web developers. It is highly reliable, scalable, easy to learn, and
 well suited for rapid development of high-performance Web applications. These
 qualities will become increasingly vital for developers as Web sites continue
 to grow in size and complexity."
     PHP is significantly easier to maintain and update than comparable scripts
 in other languages and provides rapid development, fast execution, ease of
 learning, and portability to multiple platforms, making it ideal for the
 rapidly changing Web-development industry. It is the only Web development
 language that is completely cross-platform, and is by far the most popular Web
 development language on Apache servers (found on more than 35 percent of all
 Apache servers). PHP is now in use for high-traffic, mission-critical Web
 sites at companies like Restoration Hardware, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
 Village Voice Publishing and Longerberger Basket Co., as well as in use at
 companies like Pfizer for internal applications.
     "We have built dozens of mission-critical Web sites for clients using
 PHP," says David Burk, President and COO of Clear Ink, a traditional and
 interactive agency in Walnut Creek, Calif., which built Restoration Hardware's
 Web site using PHP. "It's a powerful technology which lets us provide the most
 inexpensive solution for our customers, and it has enabled us to be
 consistently profitable while lots of other Web development firms are
 struggling to survive."
     About PHP
     PHP, which is freely downloadable from, is an open-source
 server-side scripting language that offers a simple and universal solution for
 easy-to-program dynamic Web sites, which are rapidly becoming the standard for
 commercial e-commerce applications. PHP runs on all major operating systems
 found on the World Wide Web, including Sun Solaris, Linux, BSD, and Microsoft
 Windows. It works with the Apache, Microsoft IIS and other Web servers and
 offers excellent connectivity to Oracle, MySQL, and other common databases.
 PHP is found on over 35 percent of Apache Web servers, the most commonly used
 Web server on the Internet.
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