What can all PHP do for your Website?


PHP as a language has extended its popularity to a large scale. It is a dependable programming for many platforms. It is considered as a basic language to build a website. In 1994, it was created by Rasmus Lerdorf to track the visitors to his online résumé and originally stood as “Personal Home Page.” But gradually changed to “Hypertext Preprocessor,” as it basically used to handle data before it becomes HTML (Hypertext Markup Language).

There are three main areas where PHP scripts are used.

  • Server-side scripting: The most traditional and main target field for PHP. Three things to make this work: the its parser (CGI or server module), a web server and a web browser. One needs to run the web server along with a connected PHP installation. Moreover, one can also get access to the program output with the help of a web browser, viewing the page through the server.
  • Command line scripting: With the help of this PHP script one can run the program without any server or browser, just with the help of its parser. This is ideal for scripts which are regularly executed using cron (on *nix or Linux) or Task Scheduler (on Windows). In addition to this, these scripts can also be used for simple text processing tasks.
  • Writing desktop applications: Advance PHP coders can efficiently create a desktop application with the help of a graphical user interface and PHP-GTK. The programmer also can write cross-platform applications using the same process.

Some of the basic features of PHP that are commonly used:

  • Perform complex calculations and mathematical equations.
  • Get access to a vast range of databases.
  • Building a new web interface for adding, deleting, and modifying elements within the database.
  • Generate HTML content that can go live instantly.
  • Set and get access to cookie and session variables.
  • Authenticate any user to restrict access to a section of the Website.
  • Encrypt the selected data of user’s choice.
  • Create images instantly according to the user’s clicks such as CAPTCHA verifications.
  • Building PDF or Excel documents on the fly.
  • Auto-generate files and save them accordingly in the file system. 

Whereas there are some of the very efficient layouts that have become very easy with the use of PHP:

1.      E-Commerce

E-commerce is considered among the major uses for PHP. From a small business level to an enterprise level, businesses are always looking to create additional streams on online. It also helps to integrate existing e-commerce solutions this gives a distinct advantage to your clients.

Intermediate or Advanced Coder uses a framework such as CodeIgniter or CakePHP. CakePHP has a bakery section with an availed source code for e-commerce applications. Whereas CodeIgniter has a user guide, a few tutorials to get you up and carry on with quick running. Both frameworks have large-scale documentation on how to develop web applications. Beginners usually work on the following platforms are Magento, Zen Cart, and Shopify.

 2.     Project Management Tool

Project management is an important aspect for both freelancers and web development firms. The clients do need some resources to check the progress of the work and provide feedback accordingly. If this turns out to be effective then the end results would surely be in favors.

The most important aspects of the application are time-tracking, securitycollaborative to-do listsfile sharing, a live preview, and a message board for the website which can easily be created by producing a link to an index.html page moreover can also remove the features in the same manner(by just removing the link).

3.      Graphical User Interface

This process is counted as a challenge and user may also need a knowledge of extending the PHP installation to create desktop applications. Some of these its extension will help you in creating GUI applications.

  • PHP GTK - This extension is a popular open source which also appliance on the GIMP toolkit
  • ZZEE PHP GUI - A paid solution that permits you to convert your its scripts into Windows applications

The main advantage of creating your own PHP GUI's will help to know a lot about itself.

4.      Developing an Online Community

In a business, there is a need to stay connected to your users and the clients. With an online community, you can help your visitors in solving product-related issues, and even provide answers to their technical queries. With the help of the after-sale community, one can effectively decrease the workload and provide useful feedback.

It provides features to build a PHP-driven online community, that can implement into your website. Even if you planning to make alters in your own forum from scratch, it's better to use its framework. Beyond that, you can use several different. Some popular forum building tools are:

  • PHP BB
  • vBulletin
  • Pun BB

 5.      Integrating Facebook Website

PHP allows the user to integrate their Facebook account with their website. Facebook developer's wiki can help the user to get started with or to shift to its framework. The developer's wiki illustrates the Facebook PHP client library and gives detailed instructions on the process of installing and using the files included the library ones.

6.       Developing PDF Files

PDFLib is a library that can generate PDF files with itself. The PDF format is an Adobe's proprietary file type that exchange document. The library is included with PHP5 so to access it one need to uncomment the appropriate lines in their PHP configuration file.

7.       Parsing XML Files

PHP provides the benefit to parse the XML files. This process is termed as an important feature of PHP 5 because not all browsers can output the contents of an XML file. Using XML is important for RSS feeds as well as for data storage and rendering data on different devices. Working with XML files is same as managing a file- the opening, closing, and reading function. The points involved in the procedure are creating an XML parser> setting functions to manage to open and closing XML tags> opening the file for reading> reading the file incrementally> shutting it.

8.       Mailing List


With the help of PHP, the user can generate their own script or a ready-made script to send e-mail newsletters to their client. The mailing lists are counted as an excellent way to keep your clients updated about the latest services, products, holidays, vacations, and general announcements. All the information that the clients need to know can be included in the automated newsletter.

9.       Content Management Systems

One of the most considerable uses of PHP is Content Management System. A good CMS allows the clients to update or to add content to their websites without any in-depth knowledge of HTML and CSS. Several online resources that can be using to assist with coding of CMS from scratch are

  • Drupal
  • Wordpress
  • Joomla


These are only a few points that turn out to be a huge follow-up for the developer. There is a lot more to it. PHP can be used on all major operating systems, including Linux, many Unix variants, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, RISC OS, and probably others. It also has support for most of the web servers- Apache, IIS, and many others. It works as either a module or as a CGI processor.

Author Bio

Ashley Marsh is a Senior-Content Writer at Maan Softwares Inc.  She has been with this company for past four years. She is specialized in the technical writing genre especially in mobile development, web design, and, latest technologies. According to her, it has been a great exposure for her as each day the technology is updating itself resulting in new ideas that keep her fresh daily.


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