Industry analysts have been predicting the demise of PHP for years. But PHP continues to rank high in various programming language popularity indexes and it is used by almost eight out of 10 websites, powering a significant portion of the internet, from Wikipedia to content management applications like WordPress and Drupal, which have been deployed millions of times.
PHP offers an easy-to-understand programming model for web developers. It makes iterative development and debugging simple, yielding a big productivity boost. Historically, though, PHP has gotten a bad reputation for slow performance and security issues, leading to questions about its future as a programming language.