PHP has been evolving since 1994 as an open source code. A community of followers and developers formed and began using and further developing PHP.
PHP users are widespread and one of the most popular server side scripting languages running today. The PHP scripting language is growing day by day.
What is PHP used for
PHP is a server side web programming language that is used for creating dynamic web pages that interact with the user offering customised information. A PHP file can include any kind of server functionality that takes user’s input and displays or manipulates the input.
PHP Open Source
PHP is open source, resulting in a large PHP community working together to help each other with code and fix any bugs. The community offers technical support and continuously updates the code further expanding PHP’s capabilities.
The PHP community is a large advantage. If a developer is looking for a particular script, there is a chance another developer has already created something similar.
This community can help reduce development time.
Other PHP Advantages
PHP is free to use.
PHP is fast, it loads and executes quickly.
Because PHP is a server side technology, the user does not need any special browser or plug-ins to see the PHP in action.
PHP code is commonly inserted directly into the HTML that makes up a website.
PHP is simple. It is easy to understand and learn making it quick to develop in PHP.
PHP runs on many different operating systems including most UNIX, Macs and Windows versions.
PHP offers many levels of security to prevent malicious attacks. These security levels can be adjusted in the .ini file.
PHP5 a fully object oriented language (OOP) and its platform independence and speed on Linux server helps to build large and complex web applications. However, you can choose whether to use OOP or not.
The PHP language interfaces easily with Apache/MySQL, a popular type of online database that is used by WebIT.
Lots of hosting services have PHP ready to use including WebIT web hosting, no special configuration is needed unless you have special security requirements.
Using PHP it is easy to access other web based tools (i.e. google maps, etc.)
WebIT and PHP
WebIT use PHP for many projects including noeljones.com.au and caine.com.au.