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    PHP questions - % of web + finding a developer / host

    I have a client who I simply don't have the time for any more.

    I wrote his website in PHP and it's worked fine for over 6 years now.

    I've told him to find someone else, but upon telling him I want him to find someone else:

    1) he's only found one other guy, works in .net, wants to rewrite the whole website in .net because "nobody uses PHP any more", "PHP isn't secure", and it will take a month... I'd like to get this done before then...

    I have searched and searched, but I simply can't find any statistics as to how many websites use PHP versus ASP/.Net/etc. so I can tell my client. "You should be able to find someone who does PHP because x% of websites use is (or x number use it)..." PS: I already tried google.

    2) Outside of the Yellow pages, HOW would he find someone in his area (I'm in Philly, he's in LA) who does PHP that isn't a 14 year old kid with a web hosting template?

    My backstory, FYI, this guy was like my first client, still is on my "introductory rate" (ie: FREE) and calls me every time he has any little problem. I simply want to get rid of him. I don't want to start charging because I simply don't want him to be my client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemfik View Post
    I have a client who I simply don't have the time for any more.

    I wrote his website in PHP and it's worked fine for over 6 years now.

    I've told him to find someone else, but upon telling him I want him to find someone else:

    1) he's only found one other guy, works in .net, wants to rewrite the whole website in .net because "nobody uses PHP any more", "PHP isn't secure", and it will take a month... I'd like to get this done before then...
    PHP, like every other language, is only as insecure as the programmer programs it. Someone who pushes .NET to the point that they want to rewrite the entire site doesn't know enough about PHP to code it properly, and/or has an extreme bias.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zemfik View Post
    I have searched and searched, but I simply can't find any statistics as to how many websites use PHP versus ASP/.Net/etc. so I can tell my client. "You should be able to find someone who does PHP because x% of websites use is (or x number use it)..." PS: I already tried google.
    Well, this statistic from any site is never exactly correct because some sites hide what they run. This is an interesting article:
    http://www.nexen.net/chiffres_cles/p...008.php#global
    Quote Originally Posted by Zemfik View Post
    2) Outside of the Yellow pages, HOW would he find someone in his area (I'm in Philly, he's in LA) who does PHP that isn't a 14 year old kid with a web hosting template?
    Try Craigslist or one of the larger freelance sites.


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