Both languages are best at their end, and none of the language is less than each other. As both of them have their usages when used with the purpose and the particular requirements of the project which need to be delivered. Both languages are much effective and powerful in their ways, but their features may vary. They also have similarities and differences which cater to distinct needs of the numerous projects.
PHP is older language when compared with Node.js and very much easier to utilize for beginners during the coding phase.