What is PHP?

PHP is a server-side programming language, which means it is used to develop websites and applications within the server itself.

PHP stands for Hypertext Pre-processor, but its predecessor was Personal Home Pages, which is where PHP gets its name.

Since PHP is a scripting language, it is read in real-time and often embedded into other online environments.

Because PHP is a server side script, this means it is interpreted and changed on the server of the website.

This differs from say JavaScript, which is an example of a client-side script that can be worked in the client browser.

Both PHP and JS are examples of scripts that can be embedded into HTML pages.

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Who Uses PHP?

You may be surprised to hear that, despite its age, PHP scripts have been used extensively across a broad range of websites.

The very first rendition of the social media platform Facebook was coded using PHP, and it still runs with PHP elements to this day.

It can integrate with databases to effortlessly store information and serve it up as and when it is needed.

Since PHP is open-source and free, it is very attractive to website developers and application designers.

It is also completely cross-platform compatible, meaning that you can make applications and content that can be used on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and more.

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Why PHP?

By now you may have heard of a number of programming languages, and you are still scratching your head wondering what they are for.

PHP is mostly used for performing routine tasks on a website or application.

It has a number of great advantages that make it one of the favoured scripting languages of developers and designers.

  • Free
  • Open source
  • Easy to learn
  • Large community
  • Regular updates
  • Cross platform


Practically the entire internet runs on PHP, so it is kind of a big deal.

Most CRM systems are build using the PHP language, and it has the ability to manage huge databases and organised them by search, attributes and more.

Put simply, most websites will need some form of PHP to make them run optimally.

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Our Websites

At some point in your web design journey, you are going to need to use PHP for a number of reasons.

It is absolutely fundamental in creating sleek, responsive websites that people find a joy to use.

Every website we make uses HMTL5 at its core, and our in-house designers use several programming languages embedded into the HTML to create fast, responsive websites that are a joy to use.

Frequently asked questions

We can build custom PHP elements for your website, using the latest HTML5.

We take care of all the programming languages you need on your website and can decide what the best approach is for you.

All of our websites are built from the ground up with mobile users at the core of the development stage, ensuring that your site looks perfect on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Depending on the requirements, we may take up to 4 weeks to design and build a new website.

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