PHP is a server-side scripting language. that is used to develop Static websites or Dynamic websites or Web applications. This language stands for Hypertext Pre-processor, that earlier stood for Personal Home Pages. Its scripts can only be interpreted on a server that has it installed. The client computers accessing the PHP scripts require a web browser only. A PHP file contains its tags and ends with the extension “.php”.

What Is PHP?

What is PHP?


It is particularly popular for web development since it can easily be embedded into HTML pages. PHP-Codes itself uses start and end codes so that it is easy for a Web Developer to switch into and out of it.


One of the main advantages of this language is that it has a gentle learning curve so that newcomers can quickly get to grips with the basics. But its also extremely powerful. As well as performing simple tasks such as collecting user data entered via an online form and creating dynamic pages, P.H.P. has more advanced features too.

Typically P.H.P. is used for Server Side Scripting, Command Line Scripting and even for creating desktop applications.

Its compatible with all major Operating Systems including Linux, Windows and MAC OS. It is also compatible with most popular Web Servers such as Apache and LiteSpeed. P.H.P. can be used to create dynamic content such as PDFs, images, and video and is compatible with the most popular types of database tools such as MySQL.


It’s used to power some of the most popular software such as blogging tools like WordPress and Joomla as well as Ecommerce Shopping carts like OpenCart and Prestashop and Bulletin Board tools like PHPBB and vBulletin.

It can also be used to add extra functionality to your website by integrating applications built for 3rd party websites such as Facebook or by creating PHPs based mailing lists or you can even create WordPress Plugins for commercial use.

As this language is OpenSource it is updated frequently and you can find the most recent versions on the PHP Downloads page.

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A Reason To Learn

Because WordPress is built on it. Every theme and plugin is built with this language. If you want to contribute to Core, you need to know PHP. PHP is a vital component for developing and/or customizing WordPress websites. Learning this language, at least the barebones basics, will help you to read the code, recognize what is happening, and be able to do your work faster and better.

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