PHP: The Server-Side Powerhouse
PHP, standing for “Hypertext Preprocessor” (a recursive acronym), was first introduced to the world by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994. What started as a set of Common Gateway Interface binaries written in C, used to track visits to his online resume, quickly evolved into an HTML-embedded scripting language that took the web development world by storm.
PHP’s strength lies in its simplicity and excellent database connectivity. It’s open-source, which means it’s free to use and constantly being updated by developers around the world. Its syntax is easy to understand, making it a great starting point for beginners in web development. Plus, PHP can be embedded directly into HTML, eliminating the need for separate scripting files.
Another major advantage of PHP is its excellent connectivity with databases, particularly MySQL. This makes PHP a powerful tool for developing dynamic, database-driven websites.
PHP is the backbone of WordPress. It’s used to create themes, plugins, and the core functionality of WordPress. Every time you visit a WordPress site, PHP is working behind the scenes to fetch the content from the database, process it, and display it on your screen.