1. Designed for the Web – PHP has built-in features to handle heavily trafficked sites and to simplify common Web programming tasks. 2. Ease of Use – Companies gain enhanced productivity of development teams and significantly reduced time-to-market of mission critical web applications. 3. Open Source – Collaborative development leads to rapid technology advancement, superior code quality, a massive library of prewritten code, and comprehensive developer support and documentation. According to a Netcraft survey published in April 2002, PHP is now being used by over 24% of the sites on the Internet out of the 37.6 million web sites reported worldwide (http://www.netcraft.com/Survey/index-200204.html), PHP is running on over 9 million sites and continues to grow at an explosive rate. Over the past two years PHP has averaged a 6.5% monthly growth rate.