Basic Introduction

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PHP is a widely used, open-source, server-side scripting language and use for developing static websites, dynamic websites, and Web applications. PHP stands for Personal Home Page, nowadays it stands for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. In this tutorial, We will learn PHP introduction with history, advantages, and disadvantages also.

A recent survey shows that more than 16M+ websites use PHP as a backend programming language.

It integrates with many popular databases such as MYSQL, Oracle, Sybase, PostgreSQL, Informix, and Microsoft SQL Server.

This tutorial covers all the topics such as introduction, history, functions, strings, array, file handling, date and time, PHP with MySQL, and many more topics.

PHP is developed by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994. But it is publicly available in 1995. The latest version of PHP is 7.4.0 which is released on 28 November.

Here are some released version and released date of PHP.

VersionReleased Date
1.08 June 1995
2.01 November 1997
3.06 June 1998
4.022 May 2000
5.013 July 2004
73 December 2015(stable)
7.4.0Current Verison
History of PHP

Why Learn PHP?

PHP is one of the best server-side scripting languages and uses for developing the website. 

  • Performance: PHP script executes faster than other programming languages like JSP and ASP.
  • Familiar Syntax: PHP syntax is easier to understand and the programmer feels comfortable to code on it.
  • Platform Independent: PHP script develops in one platform, can easily run on any platform.
  • Ease Of Use : PHP syntax is clear and consistent with well documented including 5000+ functions inside the core. So, It reduces the time to learn for both starting and experience programmer.
  • Open-Source : PHP is open source project. that means it is developed by the Rasmus Lerdorf and contributed or improved by the others volunters. Due to this, It’s source is easily available in the web. The open source means – this program can be modify or edit or fixes error by anywhere or anyone.
  • Community Supports : One of nice feature of the PHP is the community support. It has huge community that you can find most of the problem sloution easily on the web.

How to Learn PHP?

  • Code Help Pro Tutorials: We provide the best tutorial with live examples and projects.
  • Official Documentation: You can learn PHP  with official documentation also make it easier to understand.
  • Write Code: Most effective way to learn programming is to write a lot of code.


Our tutorial is mainly focused to help the beginner and expert programmers. This PHP tutorials is for those who are learning PHP programming language.

This is the PHP introduction. From the next topic, we will learn the PHP syntax.