PHP is a server-side scripting language that enables web development, and can be used for all types of programming. Its popularity has exploded in recent years. So much so that the last estimate of PHP installations and site designs indicated that PHP was used to power nearly 250 million web sites around the world. There has been an explosion of PHP Development frameworks, like CakePHP, Zend Framework, Symphony and others, and these frameworks and tools add significant value for developers. PHP developers can also leverage the large global development community to discuss issues and find tips and tricks to make the development process easier, more flexible and more successful.
The PHP hypertext preprocessor language is interpreted by a web server, and generates a page, or a set of pages using PHP embedded codes within the HTML document. One of the reasons PHP is so popular among developers is that the PHP license is free to use and it can be deployed on nearly all web servers and on most platforms and operating systems without any licensing costs.
PHP is a stable, general purpose scripting language that satisfies many needs. The open source server side scripting language allows PHP programmers to create web pages with dynamic content, and this content can be processed and integrated with content drawn from standard databases. This flexibility enables PHP to provide a seamless exchange of data, and presentation of information and content within the context of browser–based software applications. PHP Development framework typically runs on a web server.
In addition, PHP has a large base of readily available internet applications and numerous open source projects with large support communities and flexible features. Some of the popular content management systems (CMS) and portal frameworks that use PHP are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and other solutions. Because of its flexibility and a wealth of developer tools and utilities, PHP can satisfy any number of complex and simple site requirements. From inventory management and product details for an eCommerce site, to content management systems (CMS) for consumer goods or internal enterprise team use, travel booking sites, news and media sties, internal portals and training portals - PHP provides a stable, sophisticated foundation for software solutions and web sites and portals.
PHP Development provides numerous benefits, and can be incorporated into many types of sites. Here are just some of the examples of solution and site types to consider for PHP design and development:
- Database driven, dynamic website development
- Image and media processing with advanced streaming server integration
- Back-end and front-end order processing flow
- Online portals and community sites from scratch or using open source CMS
- Integration with third party applications and services
- Interactive web user interfaces
- Product catalogues, shopping carts and galleries
- Integration with credit card processing
- Migration from static sites to CMS
- Dynamic PDF for brochure quality documents, images and media
- Tax and shipping calculations and integration with shipping, tracking and other third party services
- Dynamic CMS using open source frameworks
- Migration of PHP apps across versions, OS, frameworks and platforms
If your enterprise or development team is looking for a flexible, stable, affordable solution and framework within which to design and develop software solutions and web sites, PHP should definitely be in the running. Because of its popularity and widespread usage, the enterprise can find and employ expert PHP resources to satisfy any need and provide dependable support and maintenance for its applications and corporate sites.
Author: - Sahil Patel - An engineer and a software architect, involved with hands-on project management and delivery with more than 12 years of experience in the industry.