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What is PHP?

PHP is an Open Source programming language originally developed in function of web development. PHP applications usually run on a web server, which processes web requests. PHP is flexible, making it ideal for creating all kinds of web applications. Since 1993, it has evolved from a scripting language to a full-fledged programming language. There are many frameworks based on PHP, such as Laravel and Symfony, the most popular PHP frameworks.


PHP is enormously popular. It has been around for more than 25 years and is still in active development.


Pure performance has been a strong focus in the latest versions of PHP. This ensures fast loading times and good scalability. PHP is increasingly used for business-critical applications, which require a long lifespan and great stability.


By using PHP frameworks and industry-standard security mechanisms, we protect your data and that of your customers. 

The frameworks provide abstraction for mitigation of database injection and cover most OWASP topics.

Cross platform

PHP is also cross-platform and works on just about every possible server technology. It can deal with various web servers, the most popular of which are Apache HTTP Server and Nginx. PHP also has drivers for various database systems, relational databases such as MySQL, Mariadb, Postgres or NoSQL storages such as mongoDb or Redis.

All these things make sure that after all these years in use, PHP is still growing in popularity. Some very large websites, such as FaceBook, DailyMotion, WikiPedia and Slack are written in PHP. Who knows, maybe your project will too?

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Benefits of PHP

  • No vendor lock-in

    PHP is Open Source and is not compiled, making the code always consultable.

  • Open Source

    PHP is Open Source Software. There are no restrictive or paying licences and the documentation is freely available.

  • Portable

    PHP is applicable everywhere. It is usable with most popular technology for web servers, databases or cloud technology.

  • Safe and stable

    With PHP, you choose a programming language that is inherently secure and stable.

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PHP applications

You can find PHP in web applications in various forms. From websites, to PWAs, calculation modules, API layers, data management platforms, ... PHP is a great solution for all of them.

PHP is the most popular development language for building web applications. From its origins as a scripting language, it has become a full-fledged programming language. PHP is used in eight out of ten Internet applications. It is therefore enormously popular!

PHP frameworks

With Laravel and Symfony, we have in-house knowledge of the two largest Open Source PHP Frameworks. With these two frameworks, we develop fast, modern custom PHP applications.

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PHP started out in 1994 as an Open Source programming language created by Rasmus Lerdorf. Since then, PHP has become one of the most popular languages for building web applications and can be found in the majority of web projects.

Fact: PHP originally stood for "Personal Home Page". However, for a long time now, the name is more commonly known as "Hypertext Preprocessor".

Well-known companies such as Facebook use PHP. It is also the basis of many popular frameworks and tools, such as Wordpress, Laravel or Drupal.

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