The landscape of PHP is always evolving. Right now, a staggering 82% of the Web runs on PHP. At the same time, the use of content management systems and pre-built application frameworks has skyrocketed. For example, 22% of all websites in the world run WordPress. Other frameworks – such as Drupal, Symfony, and Magento – are not far behind. This has led to the growth of very large communities.
A few years ago the team behind php[architect] magazine wanted to create a conference designed to bring all the PHP communities together. Hence, the idea of php[world] was born. An event that is intended to bring the entire world of PHP together in one place, to encourage cross-pollination of ideas and sharing of ideals.
The result was a success as many different communities came together, worked, shared information, held an impromptu PHP-FIG meeting and more. We’ve been continuing and refining the conference format ever since.
The site we chose also reflects these ideals. We wanted a location that was easy to get to and had the ability to grow with us as this conference grows. We chose the Sheraton Premiere at Tyson’s Corner just outside of Washington, DC. It can be configured to host an intimate conference for 200 or be reconfigured to support a conference of up to 2000.
It happens to be situated right between two major international airports (IAD and DCA) and is directly along the new Silver Line of the DC Metro System. This makes it very easy for attendees to take the Metro to the venue from downtown DC (or from the DCA airport).
We have lots more that we will be sharing with you in the future, so you will just have to stay tuned! In the meantime, follow us at @phparch on Twitter for timely updates about php[world]. Our official hashtag is #phpworld.