Difference Between PHP and Django

PHP vs Django
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Django is a popular web framework written in python where as PHP is a scripting language which is used to perform different server side tasks.

Let’s see some interesting Django and PHP stats before jumping on its difference.

Django Stats

  • More than 81k websites run on Django.
  • Few popular applications built in Django are Disqus, Spotify,Dropbox etc.
  • US is on top in Django usage among the other countries with more than 15k websites written in it.

PHP Stats

  • More than 500k websites are built in PHP.
  • Few popular applications built in PHP are Facebook,Wordpres, Wikipedia etc.
  • More than 70% websites in the world are built in PHP.

Now lets see its difference

SyntaxIt’s a Python string marked-up using the Django template language.PHP normally contains HTML Tags and PHP code inside the PHP scripting tags.
Database SupportIt provides built-in support for most of the popular databases.It doesn’t provide the facility to choose between databases.
Out of the box featuresDjango provides so many ready-made components so you don’t need to write it.In PHP, there are less ready-made components available as compared to Django.
Security StandardsIt covers all the security loopholes of PHP.It can build a secure website but require experienced and skilled developer.
File UploadingDjango allows the users to upload the files after installing the required extensions.In PHP, files are uploaded temporarily and will be redirected to target destinations by a PHP script.
DocumentationDjango has very nicely structured documentation.PHP is also well-written documentation but not as Django.
ExtensionExtension of Django file is .py.Extension of PHP file is .php.
PopularityDjango is used by many tech-giants like Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc.Websites like Wikipedia, Tumblr, Yahoo run on PHP

Django Use cases

  • Data Driven Applications
  • Application where AI and ML Integration is required
  • APIs
  • Secure and Scalable Apps

PHP Use cases

  • Dynamic Websites
  • Where non-scalable application are required
  • Server side scripting applications

Use PHP When:

  • You need to create image processing app.
  • Project scale is small.
  • Need to create desktop app for online web application.
  • Need to developer automated serve side application.

Use Django When:

  • You need integration with ML/AI
  • Project scope is large and need to develop it at reduced time.
  • Need to create new features on the fly.
  • When python based processing is required.
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