What is PHP
PHP stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. It is a server side scripting language in which the scripts are executed on the server. In 1994, PHP was designed as a small set of binaries used to collect some basic site traffic data. In 1997 the parser was rewritten by two Israelis and the name was changed to PHP.
The results of the executed scripts are handed over to the user, and displayed in the browser. PHP can also send HTTP headers. A person can set cookies, manage authentication, and redirect users. It offers excellent connectivity to many databases (and ODBC), and integration with various external libraries which helps the user in doing everything from generating PDF documents to parsing XML.
PHP is free to download and use that’s why it is so popular among Web hosting companies. A vast majority of Web hosting accounts support PHP. PHP runs on different platforms such as Windows, Linux and UNIX etc… It is compatible with almost all servers used today. It can also be easily learnt and also runs efficiently on the server side. The PHP engine is the code that is there on the Web server.
Some of the advantages of PHP are:-