Introduction

PHP is a general-purpose scripting language originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages. For this purpose, PHP code is embedded into the HTML source document and interpreted by a web server with a PHP processor module, which generates the web page document. It also has evolved to include a command-line interface capability and can be used in standalone graphical applications. PHP can be deployed on most web servers and as a standalone interpreter, on almost every operating system and platform free of charge. A competitor to Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) server-side script engine and similar languages, PHP is installed on more than 20 million websites and 1 million web servers.

Before starting PHP, its better to have a web server with PHP support, this can be obtained either through :-

  • Install Apache (or IIS) on your own server, install PHP, and MySQL
  • Find a web hosting plan with PHP and MySQL support
  • Lets start our journey to PHP by installing Apache on your own server :-

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