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The Smackdown b/w Node JS V/S PHP

Mahesh Dhaka CEO at WEBHOBS

Since 2010, Programming languages are having a tough fight for their existence. Many of the popular programming languages like Perl, Ruby, Visual Basic.NET, AIR and Delphi’s Object Pascal are completely dead. The future of a particular programming language can't be predicted ever.

Now, we have a tough fight b/w the market leader PHP and the new comer NODE JS. Let's introduce both of the languages in the brief:-

  • PHP is used by 82.5% of the websites in the backend. The world most popular frameworks including Laravel, Symfony, CodeIgniter, Zend Framework and Phalcon has been developed using PHP. The most popular content management system Wordpress is using PHP and MYSQL in the backend which powers to the 27.5% websites of the world.

  • Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment for developing the server side applications which is originally written by Ryan Dahl in 2009. Still, Node.js isn't a JavaScript Framework. However, It's written in the JavaScript but contains an interpreter and a compiler taken from Google V8 engine. Node.js started gaining its popularity since 2015 and is currently used by 0.3% of the websites as the backend.

Let's compare both of the programming languages in the various aspects:-

1. Ease Of Code:

A language learner always begins with writing the "Hello World". Let's compare how to write 'Hello World' in both of the languages:-


echo 'Hello World!';


var http = require('http');
http.createServer(function (req, res) {
	res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
	res.end('Hello World!');
}).listen(3000, '');

Writing the 'Hello World' is quite easy in PHP with the comparison of NODE JS.

2. Performance:

That's the only reason that programmers are talking about Node JS. Let's suppose a website needs to run 1 million loops.

performance difference b/w node.js and php

So, if your website isn't having thousands of database tuples then there is no point to use NODE JS. As per the chart, we can say that in case of small websites PHP is better but in case of heavy loaded web application, Node.js will win the race.

3. Hosting and Deployment:

Go to any random web hosting service provider, PHP hosting is available in quite cheap prices but here the actual problem begins with Node JS. For the deployment of Node.js, we need a VPS, Cloud or Dedicated Server ideally with the root access.

For Getting a PHP web hosting, we need $20 to $50 per year but for getting Node.js web hosting, we need $60 to $200 per year. So the bottom line is host in Node.js only if your pocket allows it.


If you need to develop a small website or seeking a Job in small web development company then learn PHP but in case you need a job in startup or established company with a fantastic package(as a web developer) then learn NODE JS.

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