PHP is an extremely popular scripting language. It was originally created in 1995 and designed for the web. It is free of charge and can be used on almost every operating system. There are over 20 million websites and over 1 million web servers running PHP and those numbers are growing every day.

The reason why PHP is so popular and it is continuously growing is because it offers many advantages. These are:

Fast – PHP was created to develop dynamic Web Pages so it is fast on websites. The PHP code is embedded in HTML and the time it takes to process and load the browser with HTML and create a full web page is very quick.

Free – PHP is released under the PHP License. This licence is compatible with the GNU General Public License or GPL. Thus making PHP free software. This means that anybody can download it and use it 100% for free.

Easy – The syntax of PHP is very easy to use and learn. PHP is usually mixed in with HTML and can be easily included in HTML files.

Great Support – Because of its popularity, support for PHP is abundant. There are mailing lists and forums you can join and search for answers. If you’re an organisation there are many fantastic developers you can hire to help you out. This is one of the benefits of open source software for businesses; you get the software for free but only pay for support and save yourself a lot of money.

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