PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, better known as PHP, is a highly
popular, server-side scripting language that can be embedded
directly into HTML coding.
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
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 server.
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 server.
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 code.
<.? phpinfo(); ?>
Save the file as phpinfo.php and upload it to your server where
you store your HTML files.
To run the script, simply point your browser to the script
address. It should look something like this:
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 started:
PhpAdsNew - Rotating Ads http://phpadsnew.com wo/
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 much more.
PHP Message/Quote of the Day
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 day.
BMachine - Blogging http://boastology.com/
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 Tracking
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 Indexing
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
PhpDig - Search Utility http://www.phpdig.net/
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 Board http://www.phpbb.com/
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 scripts.
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