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What is PHP?
The PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) scripting language (currently in version 5.5 as of June 2013) is designed to simplify the creation and implementation of functions in both code for online content and applications. It is a powerful (and essential) part of many popular Web 2.0 services.
Why Choose PHP Hosting?
Unless you’re a techie or well-versed in Web development, you might not have heard of a little programming wonder known as PHP (a recursive acronym meaning “PHP Hypertext Preprocessor). Designed to speed production of stable, richly-featured web pages, PHP is used hand-in-hand with HyperText Markup Language (HTML).
The PHP scripts embedded in the HTML add support for multimedia, content creation and database applications; they also provide “translation” services to let your page interact with other scripting and programming languages. Most PHP is invisible to your site’s visitors: when it’s run, it generates HTML (or multimedia content, or documents, or interactive elements, etc.) and sends them to the client browser. In this way, PHP provides a great way for developers to protect their code as well as sensitive information like customer credit card data or account authorizations.
As a key part of LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), PHP is found on Linux servers around the globe. If your hosting provider runs a Linux server, then chances are you’ve got support for PHP. You might not ever access it directly, but because it’s an essential part of top-shelf Web apps like WordPress, Coppermine Gallery and MediaWiki, you’ll definitely appreciate its power and versatility when you add them to your site. (If your host uses Windows servers, you can still gain access to PHP via an installer specific to that operating system).
If your blog or business website relies on a content management system (CMS) (like WordPress), or if you need to protect your site’s code and customer information behind a robust line of defense, you want a hosting provider that supports PHP. Its open-source code and versatility make it a popular offering for most providers. PHP installation and configuration can usually be found in the website control panel application provided by your host (such as cPanel), and should not add any additional cost to your hosting fees, but it’s always a good idea to confirm support for this (or any other) application with your host when choosing a plan.