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ASP.NET Versus PHP: Which Is Better For Web Development?

ASP.NET versus PHP: Which is Better for Web Development?

ASP.NET and PHP are two extremely popular technologies for programming web applications.

It should also be mentioned that the direct comparison is not necessarily 100 percent correct. Because PHP is a programming language, while ASP.NET is a web framework, which is based on the programming language C # (pronounced “C Sharp”). Nevertheless, we will use the direct comparison in this article, since desktop applications are also created with C #.

Agencies and software companies

Agencies seem to have a stronger focus on PHP. The reason for this is certainly that the components (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) are free of charge for development with PHP.

PHP also offers many web frameworks (such as Laravel, Zend, etc.). This allows very flexible applications to be developed.

Software companies that develop and sell software products, on the other hand, tend to rely on ASP.NET. The components for creating such applications are again expensive. The necessary Microsoft Windows Server and the Microsoft SQL Server are sometimes very expensive. Depending on the use (number of users, etc.), these costs can increase enormously.

Since agencies are paid by their clients on a project-by-project basis, developing with PHP makes more sense. Since there is a better overview of costs and the customer does not have to be confronted with complicated licensing models at the same time.

Software companies can, however, price the costs into their standard products sooner, making it more affordable for the end customer, since not only one customer uses the solution.


Each of the two technologies is upgraded at regular intervals. Thus the performance of the two is identical. It is possible that in an upgrade, ASP.NET will improve in performance, only to be overtaken in the next PHP version.

It also depends heavily on the skills of the developers. A good developer will write the program code in such a way that the system remains high-performance, maintainable and scalable.

On the other hand, everything is much more orderly with ASP.NET than with PHP, since PHP provides a wide variety of frameworks, while the developers of the former mainly rely on either the MVC or Web API frameworks.


ASP.NET was developed by Microsoft with an overall concept. Therefore, all components fit together and work efficiently. PHP, on the other hand, has evolved into a robust technology over the years. Many developers from the PHP community gave their input.

For this reason, it can also be said that ASP.NET has a better and more sophisticated structure than PHP.

PHP frameworks such as YII, Laravel and Zend manage to partially compensate for this disadvantage.


Getting started with PHP is much easier than with ASP.NET. You can build your first simple applications here relatively quickly and experiment with the code.

At the same time, it has to be said that it takes a lot of experience to develop a high-performance and scalable application with PHP. If you look at it from this point of view, it takes about the same time, for both technologies, before you can write good programs.

Popular applications

Many popular applications run on PHP. Facebook, Wikipedia and WordPress.com are just a few of the popular web applications used around the world.

ASP.NET, on the other hand, is used more by business applications, which are well known in the business community, but are rarely used in everyday private life.


The fact that ASP.NET is run by Microsoft, a multinational software company, keeps one or the other developer from relying on this technology. Microsoft is basically there to earn money and thus you pay for almost all components that you need for development in ASP.NET. (Additional information: However, more and more areas are being made available as open source and therefore royalty-free)

PHP has a "freer" approach here. You can develop your code further without restrictions from a “company” and also bring in many of your own approaches.


There are many editors for PHP for development.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio (VS) is mainly used for ASP.NET. According to many developers, there are hardly any editors for PHP that are as extensive as VS.


When it comes to writing applications that are called up via the web browser and mainly used by private end users, then considerations should rather go in the direction of PHP. Many websites, such as Facebook and WordPress.com, have shown that they can be used to write and run large applications.

When it comes to writing business applications, then one should rather rely on ASP.NET. Since an integration into existing software environments is mostly possible here. A simple example here would be the integration of an application in Microsoft Outlook, which is used by most companies, be it small or large.

In terms of costs, it makes sense to rely on PHP, especially for freelancers and agencies. Since individual projects that are not sold as products can also be offered to their own customers more cheaply here, as there is no need for licensing for development software / tools and databases.

On a product basis, it makes sense to rely on ASP.NET, because you can develop faster by using tools like Visual Studio, which saves time and money. Even if it is more expensive to buy in the short term.

What is your experience with both technologies?

Interesting link:
Advantages of ASP.NET over PHP

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The author: Sascha Thattil works at YUHIRO and helps entrepreneurs and companies to easily set up programming teams in India. YUHIRO is a German-Indian company which provides IT companies, agencies and IT departments with software developers.

By Sascha Thattil on February 11, 2020 / .NET developer, PHP / 6 Comments