Web pages used to be simple affairs, where everything you needed to do
could be done in HTML, there was really one set of rules and one set of
expectations. Todayís world is far more complex.
Web pages can be more complex and customers expect more from web pages.
Terms like PHP and
ASP now compete with HTML when starting a web page and
it can be hard to figure out what option best suits your needs.
If youíve ever driven an import car, you can appreciate the importance of
being able to find support that meet your needs, if youíre going to kick
the tires with your website and turn it into something exception, having a
large community that can support you is critical.
PHP, Personal Home Pages has more support on the
internet than ASP -
Pages. The larger user base gives you more allies; more
people who can help you develop your own talents and your website.
Another advantage of PHP is that itís based on unix, giving it more cross
platform capability than ASP as increasing demands of Microsoftís
operating systems level the cost playing field between
Microsoft products and Apple, this is ever more important.
And did we mention that in the grand tradition of unix, PHP is free, while
software that isnít? For add-ons and additional tools,
PHPís open source has a strong base of
tools, whereas ASP demands that you purchase these
You can find help for your PHP
programming from free to paid. Most professional ASP support is very
expensive by comparison.
Also, you have to consider
the costs associated with a web
hosting on Windows
Server compared to
Servers. For most cases, you will notice a substantial
difference in prices.
Not only that, but Windows severs do tend to be unstable and prone to
failures, are more likely to be attacked by viruses, Trojans and exploits.
Linux servers on the other hand are much more stable and the attacks
servers suffer in a daily basis are non-existent in
If you are considering either a
server or a shared hosting, your fist choice should be
Linux. Iíve yet to find a problem that canít be solved using PHP and
With all this, you might wonder why ASP still is out there at all. Part of
it stems from ASP being based on the same methodology thatís used to make
macros in other Microsoft products.
People that have invested the time learning how to use macros in Word or
Excel will be more comfortable using ASP. PHP is based on C++, a robust
Before this intimidates you, the free tools that exist out there allow for
a lot of this to be hidden, until youíre ready to take advantage of the
power behind PHP.
Putting it all together, the power, the cost, flexibility,
stability and support of PHP is far superior to that of ASP. If youíre
going to commit to building the best web page you can, commit to using the
best tools you can.
Investing in learning PHP will pay off when youíre able to pop the hood,
invite your friends over and transform your web page from a normal,
average, page to a sophisticated and highly toned performance page.