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PHP works on the Server Side (on the server hosting the website).

How PHP works

A single PHP file is like using magic on a webpage. In HTML, you have a standard page that is sent to anyone that visits your website. With PHP, you can dynamically change the page based on each individual user. Honestly, learn PHP and put it to the test. You will be extremely impressed with what an open source programming language can accomplish. I am not going to tell you that PHP is the best server side language that is out there, but it is the best for a tight budget or a beginner (Sorry, after coding with ColdFusion, I can no longer say PHP is my favorite).

What exactly does PHP do?

It can create custom content based on different variables

It is excellent at tracking user information

It can write or read information to databases, if partnered with a database language

It can run on any type of platform and servers

It can do anything a standard HTML file can... and much more

For a better understanding of the PHP language, consider reading the following book. It's a fantastic read.

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    Some unBEARable guy Nov. 5, 2014, 2:19 p.m.

    I am going for a badge right now

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    karl heiss Oct. 3, 2014, 3:08 a.m.

    $x=0; $y=1; for($i=4;$i<42; $i++) {$z=$x+$y; a different outlook $x=$y; $y=$z;} echo" the number is" .$i."<br/>"; echo" and the \$z is" .$z."<br/>";

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    karl heiss Sept. 30, 2014, 12:47 a.m.

    just encouraging every dummy can make a break through majestic

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    girl xinh June 18, 2014, 9:39 a.m. quá hay quá đỉnh

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    StoogeGirl Feb. 9, 2014, 8:12 a.m.

    Greetings to all the aliens helping humans to become wiser. thanks. (in case those exist)

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    StoogeGirl Feb. 9, 2014, 8:11 a.m.

    And what if i am not a human....there´s a checkbox for not humans? what if the not humans like to hang out with humans uh?

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    ericWS Dec. 27, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

    This was my first exposure to PHP. I'm not sure I like it as well as Python, but it seems like more web hosts allow server-side scripting woth PHP than Python, so I think it is good to learn. This was a nice, painless introduction.

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    Daniel Zendejas Dec. 1, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

    Already had some experience with PHP and found this a little bit trivial, but I understand this is targeted towards total beginners.

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    ducito Nov. 15, 2013, 12:30 a.m.

    very helpful for the beginners

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    jscotty055 Sept. 20, 2013, 6:26 a.m.

    good tutorial how are you sir

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    Cristian Stan Sept. 18, 2013, 11:57 a.m.

    Super lessons. Thank you

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    stupidsid Aug. 5, 2013, 6:51 a.m.

    very helpful for d beginners