The Negative Influence of WordPress on PHP

The current The TIOBE Programming Community Index for July 2013 shows an increase for PHP, gaining grounds fast and as an ongoing trend over the last year:

If compared to January 2013, PHP is the fastest climber with an increase of +1.64% [...]. The major driver behind PHP’s popularity seems to be the new PHP Zend Framework that was released in September 2012.

It clearly shows the stamina and power PHP as a programming language has, with the two recent milestones of the two popular PHP 5.4 and 5.5 releases. Those new releases are a key driver for next generation frameworks like the bespoken Zend Framework 2.

PHP is strong standing against negative influences popular but legacy PHP applications put onto it, namely and most foremost the most popular of all these: WordPress. WordPress is continuously bringing down PHP since years as Google Trends shows:

As this Google Trends graph revals, WordPress popularity is constantly hurting PHP

As this Google Trends graph revals, WordPress popularity is constantly hurting PHP

So how long can PHP resist against this bad influence? What will happen when those two lines cross? Will the world as we know it fall apart?


You probably have come to the conclusion that comparing two independent statistics allows you to draw all kind of crazy assumptions – so do I. What has been outlined above is pure irony as you might have already noticed (but it’s said that irony does not work well in the internet, so you probably didn’t even notice).

Manuel Lemos (Google Profile) from phpclasses.org yesterday was spreading his opinion that WordPress has made PHP popular – not PHP and not any PHP Frameworks.

Well, make your own mind, what I just wanted to show is that running wild assumptions normally does work even badlier than irony in the internets. And comparing two totally unrelated statistics (“small lies, big lies, …”) shows more about your own opinion than anything else.

My 2 cents.

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