"Open-Source Scripting Language for Dynamic Web Applications
Passes Five Million Web Sites Mark."
"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."