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PHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language. Originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, the PHP reference implementation is now produced by The PHP Group. PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page, but it now stands for the recursive backronym PHP: Hyper text Preprocessor.The PHP language evolved without a written formal specification or standard until 2014, leaving the canonical PHP interpreter as a facto standard. Since 2014 work has gone on to create a formal PHP specification.

What does PHP stand for?

PHP means - Personal Home Page, but it now stands for the recursive backronym PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. PHP code may be embedded into HTML code, or it can be used in combination with various web template systems, web content management system and web frameworks.

Why use PHP?

There are obviously have a number of programming languages out there; you may be wondering why we would want to use PHP as our choice for the web programming. The list Below are some of the reasons.
  • PHP is open source and free.

  • Short learning curve compared to other languages

  • Most web hosting servers support PHP by default.
    This makes PHP a cost effective choice.

  • Most web hosting servers support PHP by default. This makes PHP a cost effective choice.

  • PHP is regular updated to keep abreast with the latest technology trends.

  • Most web hosting servers support PHP by default. This makes PHP a cost effective choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Use of the “PHP” name

A. We cannot really stop you from using PHP in the name of your project unless you include any code from the PHP distribution, in which case you would be violating the license. See Clause 4 in the PHP License v3.01.
But we would really prefer if people would come up with their own names independent of the PHP name.
“Why?” you ask. You are only trying to contribute to the PHP community. That may be true, but by using the PHP name you are explicitly linking your efforts to those of the entire PHP development community and the years of work that has gone into the PHP project. Every time a flaw is found in one of the thousands of applications out there that call themselves “PHP-Something” the negative karma that generates reflects unfairly on the entire PHP project. We had nothing to do with PHP-Nuke, for example, and every bugtraq posting on that says “PHP” in it. Your particular project may in fact be the greatest thing ever, but we have to be consistent in how we handle these requests and we honestly have no way of knowing whether your project is actually the greatest thing ever.
So, please, pick a name that stands on its own merits. If your stuff is good, it will not take long to establish a reputation for yourselves. Look at Zope, for example, that is a framework for Python that doesn’t have Python in the name. Smarty as well doesn’t have PHP in the name and does quite well.