Monday, March 24, 2008

The Basics About PHP Web Hosting

by Matt R

Most of us use turn on our PCs everyday to chat, email, play, and surf. Seldom do we wonder how these pages that we are staring at are formed, or how they came to be available to us. The ultimate computer techie may know the answer to these questions by heart, but the world is not populated by computer techies alone, and so some of us are doomed never to know how these pages and pages of information on the net are available to us with just one click of the mouse, and most of us don't care. This is fine, but for those whose curiosity cannot be satisfied or are considering a web business, here is what it is all about.

Web hosting is a type of internet hosting service that provides private individuals or organizations their own websites through which they can do business or simply announce their presence to the rest of the world. Web hosts provide other companies or individuals a space on their servers, which is also a way for the customers to get access to the Internet.

The most basic type of web hosting is the webpage and small-scale file hosting; these support the small web pages that almost everyone on the planet now has. Internet service providers usually offer small web pages or home pages for free. Practically anyone with a pc who knows how to type can create his own webpage. Data uploaded to these pages usually do not need a lot of processing and usually is free or very cheap. Web pages for commercial uses usually cost more. Complex sites also need a complex set of software or services and application development platforms, and PHP is one of these.

What exactly does PHP mean and what does it do?

PHP: hypertext preprocessor is a widely used computer scripting language that is used for web development or creating web pages. It runs on web servers and works by taking in web inputs in PHP and generating web pages as a result. Essentially, PHP filters in streams of data and processes it so that it can be displayed to the user. As of now half a million domains are running this language since you can download it for free from www.php.net.

PHP is used by developers to create pages quickly with the use of simple scripts into HTML. Large websites can be managed easier since web page components can now be placed in one HTML file allowing easier access and easier maintenance. With PHP you only need to use one application to generate all the pages of information from a database.

PHP was created by Danish programmer Rasmus Lerdorf in1994 initially as a way to manage his own home page and to display his resume. It was official released on June 8, 1995, under the name PHP (personal Homepage) Tools, which is the first name of the PHP Version 1.0. As of 2006 the PHP has been modified eleven times with new additions and improvements along the way. The latest version, PHP version 5.2.0 was released November 2, 2006.

PHP is the fourth most popular computer programming languages, next to Java, C, and Visual Basic.

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