How to Build a PHP Website

Want to build a website but don't know where to start? Creating a basic PHP website will put you on the road to web development.

Want to learn how to build a basic website? Once you might have started off with HTML, but these days the best solution is PHP. While you'll need some knowledge of HTML to get started, PHP has become the optimum choice for building websites, both static and dynamic.

Why Choose PHP for Website Development?

Various options have been available for web development over the years. It started with plain HTML, then HTML with CSS embedded or a CSS file reference. When dynamic websites came along, there were two main choices: ASP (later ASP.NET) and PHP. ASP is supported until 2022. It seems unlikely to exist beyond that in any official capacity, at least not as a web technology. PHP (a recursive acronym for PHP Hypertext Preprocessor) has proven more successful, mainly thanks to easier integration with Linux.

What You'll Need to Build a PHP Website

Before you get started, be sure you have a plain text editor or PHP-ready development environment installed. You can start coding PHP with a tool as simple as Windows Notepad. Examples found in this tutorial have been written in Notepad++. You should also have a PHP web server to upload your files to. This might be a remote server, or a local computer with a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) or WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) environment installed.


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