PHP Tutorial

In this free step by step PHP tutorial you will learn the basics of PHP, as a beginner, and then move to more advanced concepts as you progress through the course.

The purpose of this tutorial is to give you an easy way to understand the PHP concepts and help you build your own website. Every section of the tutorial has quizzes the end, so you can check how good you managed to learn the new concepts.

But first... what is PHP?

The name PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, it originally stood for "Personal Home Page". It was created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995 to make more dynamic and interactive websites. Since then it evolved a lot with every new release, being supported by a large community. The current major new release version of PHP is 7.

PHP is an open source programming language (everyone is free to use it) that is used on server-side (it needs to be run by a server application). It's particularly used in building web applications. PHP code can be embedded with HTML (will get more into this later).

Acording to W3Techs' statistics, in 2019, 78.9 % of all the websites in the world that had a known server-side programming language were using PHP.

The mascot of PHP (used in logo)  is represented by a blue elephant ("elePHPant"), for the fact that its shape resembles the languages' name "PHP".

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