PHP is popular because it’s relatively easy to learn and relatively cheap to develop web projects.And in the other side, its a open source technology and development cost is lower than the other technologies like java and dot net.
PHP’s three key advantages over competing technologies:
1. Designed for the Web – PHP has built-in features to handle heavily trafficked sites and to simplify common Web programming tasks.
2. Ease of Use – Companies gain enhanced productivity of development teams and significantly reduced time-to-market of mission critical web applications.
3. Open Source – Collaborative development leads to rapid technology advancement, superior code quality, a massive library of prewritten code, and comprehensive developer support and documentation.
You can view the popularity of PHP from here – Popularity of PHP.
According to a Netcraft survey published in April 2002, PHP is now being used by over 24% of the sites on the Internet out of the 37.6 million web sites reported worldwide (http://www.netcraft.com/Survey/index-200204.html), PHP is running on over 9 million sites and continues to grow at an explosive rate. Over the past two years PHP has averaged a 6.5% monthly growth rate.
If you were a small software developer creating a web based software package for sale at a price point less than $350, which platform would you pick to maximize your potential market?
There is a network effect that drives end user demand for PHP. Each new killer app available on PHP makes the whole platform more attractive, which draws in new apps. The whole cycle will draw in more and more PHP programmers.
The Hotscripts.com Java ad management software category has 4 entries, one sponsored costing $699. Meanwhile, the PHP Ad management software category has 105 entries, three sponsored all less than $100. If you were a small site owner looking to choose a platform for your site, which do you think it would be short sighted to select?