What is PHP, What Does It Do, And What Is It Used For?



PHP is a scripting language used to power most of the web. In this video, we’ll take a look at how it fits in with WordPress, and what you need to know about it to keep your site up and running.

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8 thoughts on “What is PHP, What Does It Do, And What Is It Used For?

  1. I was waiting for the video to first explain what the acronym PHP stood for. Had to google it instead:

    https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/what-does-php-stand-for–cms-34992
    But What Does PHP Stand For?
    PHP is a recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. It is a recursive acronym, so the first 'P' actually stands for PHP! Originally, though, it meant Personal Home Page tools. It was created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994.

    As per the official PHP documentation:

    PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.
    PHP is a server-side (back-end) scripting language, so the code written in the PHP file is executed on the server. The PHP engine on the web server converts all the code written in PHP to HTML, and the resulting web page contains only HTML code when it’s sent to the client for rendering in the user's browser.

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