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PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor,
better known as PHP, is a highly popular, server-side scripting
language that can be embedded directly into HTML
PHP can do anything that CGI
can do, such as process form data and auto generate dynamic
content, but PHP can do much more.
It can be used on all major
operating systems and supports most web servers.
PHP is used by inserting PHP
code inside your web page's HTML code. When the page is called,
your server automatically executes the code. What's more, your
visitors don't need any special plug-ins for the code to run, as
it will be displayed just like your HTML coding.
As PHP is a server-side
scripting language, although your visitors will not need to
install any new software, PHP must be set up on your
Following is a very simple
script that will test your server to ensure PHP is installed. It
is a standard PHP function called phpinfo, which instructs the
browser to print out information in regard to the set up of your
To use the script, simply copy
the following three lines of code and paste them into a plain
text editor, such as Note Pad.
Note: To enable the code to
display properly, a period has been added following the opening
bracket. You'll need to remove this period prior to using the
Save the file as phpinfo.php
and upload it to your server where you store your HTML
To run the script, simply point
your browser to the script address. It should look something like
If PHP is installed on your
server, you will be presented with a page of information about
the PHP installed on your server.
If PHP isn't installed, you
will be prompted to download the file. In this case, you'll need
to contact your web host and ask them to install it, as it is
free to download and install.
You can learn more about PHP
and download it at
If you'd like to try some PHP
scripts on your site, here are some great scripts to get you
PhpAdsNew - Rotating
If you'd like to have a
rotating ad system on your web site, this great script is an
open-source ad server that provides a professional ad management
and tracking system. Not only can you rotate banner ads, but you
can also rotate buttons, pop-ups, text ads, DHTML banners and
PHP Message/Quote of the
If you're looking for a simple
way to display a "Quote of the Day," this script is for you. It
consists of a simple script that's easy to customize. You simply
add any number of quotes, tips or whatever you'd like, into the
database and the script will display a new message each
Would you like to start your
own blog? This script will enable you to do just that. It's
loaded with features, including calendar, file attachments, event
display, unlimited categories, IP blocking, referrer tracking,
search and much more.
Clicks Counter Pro - Link
Testing and tracking your
marketing strategies is an important part of doing business.
Clicks Counter Pro is a PHP script that will enable you to track
your clicks, downloads and advertising campaigns with real time
statistics. Very reasonably priced.
Link Department - Link
If you've ever wanted an easy
way to set up a link indexing system on your site, this script
may be your answer. Link Department will enable you to easily
create and maintain a link directory. The system is fully
manageable and completely template driven, so it will easily
blend in with your existing design.
PhpDig - Search
If you would like to enable
your visitors to search your site, PhpDig is a web spider and
search engine utility you can install on your web site. This
powerful script indexes your pages and builds a glossary of
keywords found in the page.
PhpBB - Bulletin
PhpBB is a fast and efficient,
highly customizable, open-source bulletin board system. This
highly professional looking system will enable you to create an
interactive community on your web site and keep your visitors
coming back again and again.
To learn more about PHP, visit
the following web sites:
To find more PHP scripts, visit
the following web sites:
PHP is a freely distributed
open-source language, which means if you would like to learn the
language, there is a wealth of information available on the
Internet to assist you. Why not give it a try? You may be
surprised how easy it really is to write your own
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Copyright © Shelley
About the Author:
Shelley Lowery is the author of the acclaimed web design
course, Web Design Mastery. Quickly and easily learn how to
design a professional web site in the easiest possible fashion --
with hundreds of copy and paste codes. Learning web design simply
doesn't get any easier than Web Design Mastery --