The venerable web programming language PHP is a source of frequent complaints and frustrations, but according to a report released today by W3Techs, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
W3Techs’ web server survey looks for technologies used by sites in Alexa’s top 10 million list; today’s report features a year-over-year chart starting from January 2010, running through 2021. The survey only includes top sites, not out of elitist behavior, but as part of its efforts to avoid data-skewed domain parking revenue services and spammers, who would otherwise dominate legitimate websites by massive amounts.
Within that dataset, the story is clear. Aside from PHP, which had a 72.5 percent share in 2010 and a 78.9 percent share today, only one other server-side language has ever achieved a 10 percent share. That one competitor is ASP.NET, which had an impressive 24.4 percent share in 2010, but fell to 9.3 percent in January and 8.3 percent this month.
Among the little boy, the only really impressive growth seen is in Ruby – which continues to show uninterrupted growth this month at 5.2 percent in W3Techs’ research. This may come as a shock if you’re particularly familiar with Ruby on Rails, which itself is still viable but seems to be declining in popularity.
There also doesn’t seem to be a clear contender for PHP to worry about in W3Tech’s results – ASP.NET’s relentless decline over the years has not provided a significant boost in PHP or any other single language.
In all likelihood, most of the “disappearing” ASP.NET sites already contain some PHP – which would have resulted in a single site being counted twice in W3Techs’ results, while having little or no impact on the results. quietly deprecate other languages as ASP.NET services.
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