Which one is better Python or PHP?

PHP or Python are both high level and open source programming languages. These both Languages PHP and Python have also included in most of the popular programming languages list of 2016 and 2015. As PHP is used for web development as a server-side scripting language so web developer widely uses PHP for server-side scripting. On the other hand, Python is dynamic and general purpose language. So programmers must know the difference between these two languages because both PHP and Python have different usage, functionalities, and features.


PHP was created in 1995 by Rasmus Lerdorf. The first version of PHP was a collection of common Gateway Interface written in C programming language. He basically used it for tracking visits to his online resume, so he named this script as “Personal Home Page Tools” which we can call as PHP tools. Over time to time, more functionality was added to PHP. And now PHP is programming language which is very popular for web development.

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Python is basically the successor of ABC Programming Language and came into being in the late 1980s. Its implementation started in December 1989 by Guido van Rossum in the Netherlands. Guido van Rossum plays the central role in python and he is the main author of python. Python was named for the BBC TV comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. Python version 2.0 and version 3.0 were released on October 16, 2000, and December 3, 2008, respectively.


Both Python and PHP are great languages for web development. The answer to the above question depends on your way of development. What kind of development do you want? Both Python and PHP have a variety of frameworks for web development. If you want to use this kind of frameworks for development (not CMS like Drupal or WordPress) then it does matter. Both languages have very great frameworks. In case of PHP, you can use CodeIgniter, Symfony, and Zend while in case of Python you can use Django and Flash.

PHP is the best if you want to work with the existing CMS. I would recommend PHP in this case because PHP has really powerful CMS. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are all written in PHP and can be extended with PHP.

But the limitation of PHP is that PHP can be only used for web development and on the other hand as I said before, Python is general purpose language. Python can be used outside of web development. Nowadays Python is becoming famous and is extensively used in Graphics, Science, and Engineering. A lot of popular desktop application is written in Python like Dropbox.

Honestly, I would say that learn both languages. Both are simple to learn. Both have their own limitations and benefits. But if you want to develop things outside of the web arena then you should learn Python. It pretty general purpose language and easy to learn.

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