PHP is the most popular general-purpose programming language used for web development. There are thousands of websites running PHP on their servers. The Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla are still completely based on PHP. These facts inspire freshers to learn PHP and go for backend development using this language.
However, a recent report is showing the growing popularity of another server-side language Node.js. More and more organizations are shifting to Node.js for the backend for their websites and services. PHP may be the cornerstone of the web, but the new trend is expected to bring many changes to the industry.
The 2018 Node.js user survey report tried to figure out how the language is being used. They found people are using Node.js mainly for web-apps followed by enterprise applications. The report also stated that “Node.js continues to see its popularity grow on every continent and in a very broad set of use cases due to its flexibility and utility for a wide variety of use cases”.
There are a huge number of websites running PHP on their servers. They don’t have any plan to shift to Node.js in anytime soon, nor they have any reasons to spend money and time on it. Overall, the demand for PHP developers is not going to dry anytime soon. But as per the trend and recent changes, a gradual shift away from PHP on the web will continue to take place.