PHP VS Node.js Which is Best For Web Development
Usually, whenever Web Developers are starting a new Project they would look for a web technology and a programming language to use for there target application and the most common two languages nowadays are PHP and Node.js (Node.js is a Development Environment), in this guide we will cover the major differences between both of them and where you should use one over the other depending for your case.
PHP Quick Overview
PHP is a Server Side Scripting Language Created Specifically for the web and widely used for almost any website or web app besides all of that it is easy to use, usually used for building basic blogs and WordPress sites.
Node.js Quick Overview
Let’s take a look at the differences between both of these languages (Dev Environment)
Light Weight Scripting Language
HTML Embedded and Web Specific
Frameworks and CMS (Wordpress, Drupal…)
Portable Solution (Works On any Web Server)
Easy to Deploy (OnClick Deployment)
Outdated, since we are in 2018
Overwhelming HTML Embedded Code (Most of the Time)
Not Ready For Browser Apps
Initialize App On Each Request (Slow Response)
Allows you to creates Full Advanced Apps
Gives you a large set of Modules
JSON Based (MongoDB, PostgreSQL)
Express Server, Advanced Request Handling
Package Managers (NPM, YARN)
Best for Front-End Apps (Optimized)
Asynchronous and Event-Based
Not For CPU Intensive Apps
Dependency Management and Modules (Overwhelming)
Well, What Should I Go For?
if this question still in your head and you still trying to figure out how and why to choose one over the other, here is my opinion about that and how to choose for wisely among them:
However, if you want to make quickly develop lightweight websites or web apps using one of the famous CMS (Wordpress, Joomla) for clients and sell small projects online or works as a freelance, PHP will take the lead on this since it is very easy to get started with as well as it is in very high demand for projects as a freelance besides it has a lot of MVC Frameworks that are going to make the day for you.
In My Opinion, I Would suggest earning Node.js since it is going to be the next big thing.
And Most Importantly, Enjoy Coding.