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8 good reasons to make a website in PHP

Nowadays, many Internet users are turning into its builders. Having looked at other people's sites, a simple Internet user begins to think about his own "office" in this metropolis.

But how? In which program? In what language?

It is to the last question that this article gives a detailed answer.

And since you are reading it, you are apparently also interested in creating your own website.

In HTML (this is a simple language for markup and design of the content of the site), you can write a simple business card site or home page. But good sites tend to grow, and for something more complex (and profitable!) you will certainly need a more complex language.

So sooner or later you will have to translate your ready-made site into a new language. Wouldn't it be better to do it from the start?

For this, the PHP language is the best suited for you. Let's look at it from all sides:

1. It is a very simple language and combines well with other programming languages.

The PHP language (.PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is really easy to learn and understand, especially for those who have already made their own small site in HTML or at worst took computer science lessons Pascal or BASIC.

At the same time, it is a very powerful programming language. It is designed to create sites of any complexity. On it you can write both a business card site and a whole online store.

PHP is based on the C, Java and Perl languages. It supports the exchange of data between almost all languages in which sites are written.

2. It's very easy to get started.

For starters, just give all your files a .php extension instead of .htm or .html. And even if they don't have a single PHP command, they will still work.

You can add PHP commands as you learn the language.

This will also help in the future not to lose links to your site from other sites. After all, if, for example, on someone else's site there is a link to your page , 

and you decide to change its extension to .php: , 

then the visitor who clicked on the first link will not be able to get to this page, since it will already have a different name.

Therefore, it is better to give all pages the php extension in advance.

3.PHP is easy to integrate into HTML.

PHP inserts can easily be added to existing HTML code anywhere. For example, using a similar design

<META name="keywords" content="<?php echo $keywords ?>">, 

where <?php echo $keywords ?> there is a PHP-insert, we insert different keywords from different pages of the site into the same template of its "header".

Simply put, PHP can be flexible, convenient and concise...

4. Collect the pages of the site from separate blocks!

That is, you can easily put all the more or less repetitive parts of the page into separate small files, and the page will be assembled from them like a house of ready-made blocks. And if you need to change something on all the pages at once, you won't have to edit each of them. It is enough to change only one file that contains this block.

In principle, you can use SSI (server side include) commands for this, but they are much more cumbersome, less flexible and will not be so beautifully highlighted in the HTML editor :)

5. Allows you to control all the files of the site.

This means that when creating a website in PHP, you can edit any site file in any text editor, and you will always have a copy of the entire site on your computer.

In this regard, ready-made CMS (content management systems) are much less flexible, and each of them has its own "character", with which you still need to get along.

In addition, unlike them, PHP...

6. Do not forbid giving pages beautiful names.

For example, look at this fictitious page address that might be when using a CMS: 

And now to this one, which is obtained when using PHP: 

Someone will say that there is a mod_rewrite with which you can make an automatic substitution of the address.

Yes. But for those just starting to build websites, mod_rewrite is an unnecessary complication that only adds to the confusion.

7.PHP protects the source code of the site from outsiders.

PHP commands are executed on the server, and visitors see only the result of their work, not their code. Thus, no one can spy and copy the PHP code of the pages of your site.

8. He is universal in everything.

  • With PHP, you can create scripts that support all the functions that are usually assigned to CGI programs. For example, collect data from forms, dynamically generate the content of pages, receive and send cookies (short fragments of text sent by the server to the browser).
  • You can display pictures, PDF files, Flash clips, XML files, any text (including XHTML) on the page.
  • In addition, PHP supports all kinds of protocols, in particular those necessary for working with e-mail: LDAP, IMAP, SNMP, NNTP, POP3, HTTP, COM (under Windows) and many others.
  • PHP is also used in e-commerce. It allows you to connect the site to electronic payment services. This will be especially useful if your site is an online store and you want customers to be able to pay for purchases instantly.
  • Support for all sorts of databases and very easy work with them is also one of the strengths of PHP.
  • It can be used in all popular operating systems: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix, Solaris, OpenBSD, Mac OS X.
  • PHP is supported by most existing web servers (programs that simulate the operation of an Internet server on your computer): Apache, Microsoft Internet Information Server, Personal Web Server and many others. In the rest that support the CGI standard, PHP can work as a CGI processor.
  • For professionals, it allows you to program both in a simple, procedural style, and in an object-oriented one. Or combine them in any proportions.

Well, isn't he great? :)

Summing up the above, the PHP language for a web developer is the very miracle tool with which you can "dig up a bed, and chop wood". And in skillful hands, he can really work wonders of site building.

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