April 21, 2010

PHP: Why Should Your Website Use It?

PHP is a server side language that has gained ground in the recent years. It gives your several advantages such as:

  1. It is a very easy to learn.
  2. It is part of the free LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) and thus available on almost any server you can rent on the Web.
  3. It does not need a special editor, environment or build process. All you do is create a file of the .php file type, mix PHP and HTML and then put it on your server for rendering.
  4. If you already have a website and have some knowledge of HTML, making the change to PHP is easy. If fact, PHP and HTML are interchangeable within a page. While PHP might add some new features to your site, its basic appearance is still given with HTML.
  5. PHP permits you to interact with your visitors in an extensive way unlike HTML. It can create simple things like e-mail forms or more elaborate things like shopping carts that save your past orders and recommend similar products.
  6. PHP is a very simple to get started with than you can imagine. By learning just a few simple functions, you can do a lot of things with your website.

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