What is PHP?

PHP is a widely used, general-purpose scripting language that was 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.

As a general-purpose programming language, PHP code is processed by an interpreter application in command-line mode performing desired operating system operations and producing program output on its standard output channel. It may also function as a graphical application. PHP is available as a processor for most modern web servers and as standalone interpreter on most operating systems and computing platforms.

PHP was originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995 and has been in continuous development ever since. The main implementation of PHP is now produced by The PHP Group and serves as thede facto standard for PHP as there is no formal specification. PHP is free software released under the PHP License, which is incompatible with the GNU General Public License (GPL) because restrictions exist regarding the use of the term.

Translation for us common folks…

If you are selling fishing poles on the Internet, first, your web designer will build you an eye-catching website and he or she will apply the proper Search Engine Optimization skills so that search engines can find your website.

Next, you’re going to provide your web design company – hopefully Louisville Web Group – with a copy of your database of fishing poles. Your fishing pole database will have the various sizes available, colors, lengths – I am a fisherman – and so on, as well as the various prices for these items.

Your web design company’s web developer will then use PHP or another such language to create a way for your website’s viewers to click on an item and see all its details, perhaps additional photos and a price. Then, the web developer will create a way for that customer to make the purchase online. Cool, huh? That’s the way it works!


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