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    Gimme some famous sites that use PHP

    Hi folks, I use php for all my projects and love it to bits.

    I am currently putting together a proposal for a prospective client and they are asking the usual 'why are we going with a php platform' questions.

    The clients are non-techies so i don't want to get into a whole PHP Vs .net thing, instead i was going to try a strategy of 'these famous sites use PHP, and if its good enough for them...'

    Can anyone give me the the names of any well know sites that are powered by PHP? I am thinking sites that a non geek would know, so general brand names/famous sites would be cool.

    Any help would be really appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Brian O'Neill
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    Yahoo uses PHP for some stuff now.

    Sourceforge is the only other one which springs to mind. There is a page on php.net which lists some bigger name sites, but I can't find it right now.

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    Friendster, SitePoint.com, timeout.com, Flickr...

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    If the client is non-technical I wouldn't explain anything. If they want to know why PHP tell them:

    Non-techie reasons
    1) Your webpages will look better.
    2) You will make more money.
    3) Code takes less time to write so it costs less.

    Semi-techie reasons
    1) Dynamic pages are not possible solely with HTML so you need PHP
    2) PHP is easy to combine with HTML
    3) It is possible to make secure PHP pages
    4) PHP is compatible with a higher number of servers than any other server-side scripting language.
    5) PHP is the only practical option.

    Other reasons
    1) please fill in... Don't forget... non-technical...

    Sidenote: On my sites I never use a file extension. This means only techies have any idea what language is being used. When people listen to the latest hit record they don't decide if they like the tune based on who manufactured the guitar or keyboard. The same is true of a webpage. The important thing is the overall impression, not the file extension.

    On a business note never talk to a client about web standards or accessibility. These should be built in anyway. Stick to answering the following 5 points and you will make money, talk about other things and you won't:
    1. How do we increase revenue?
    2. How do we reduce expenses?
    3. How do we bring in more customers?
    4. How do we get more business out of each existing customer?
    5. How do we increase shareholder value?

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    If you are that way inclined, tell them about the benefits of templates, semi-tech users can write html with php embedded in it.

    Simple matter to make them a cms (with wysiwyg editor) for non-techy users.

    "..less costs... little or no training... if you can use a browser you can create webpages" type of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bokehman
    If the client is non-technical I wouldn't explain anything. If they want to know why PHP tell them:

    Non-techie reasons
    1) Your webpages will look better.
    2) You will make more money.
    3) Code takes less time to write so it costs less.

    Semi-techie reasons
    1) Dynamic pages are not possible solely with HTML so you need PHP
    2) PHP is easy to combine with HTML
    3) It is possible to make secure PHP pages
    4) PHP is compatible with a higher number of servers than any other server-side scripting language.
    5) PHP is the only practical option.

    Other reasons
    1) please fill in... Don't forget... non-technical...

    Sidenote: On my sites I never use a file extension. This means only techies have any idea what language is being used. When people listen to the latest hit record they don't decide if they like the tune based on who manufactured the guitar or keyboard. The same is true of a webpage. The important thing is the overall impression, not the file extension.

    On a business note never talk to a client about web standards or accessibility. These should be built in anyway. Stick to answering the following 5 points and you will make money, talk about other things and you won't:
    1. How do we increase revenue?
    2. How do we reduce expenses?
    3. How do we bring in more customers?
    4. How do we get more business out of each existing customer?
    5. How do we increase shareholder value?
    damn good answer
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    www.Pepsi.com and almost ALL of Pepsi's subsidiary companies and other brands use PHP (MountainDew.com, Doritos.com, FritoLay.com, Cheetos.com, etc)

    www.AirForce.com

    How do I know this? I'm a PHP Application Developer for the company that handles these online presences. We just picked up a new client whose name I'm not allowed to disclose, but they're a BIG name. And, AFAIK we'll be moving them to our PHP framework in a year or so.
    beetle a.k.a. Peter Bailey
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    http://www.dreamlab.ca/technology/phpsites/

    Quote Originally Posted by Shrike
    Yahoo uses PHP for some stuff now.
    That's a bit of an understatement. :-)

    http://shiflett.org/archive/162
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