This is probably one of the most commonly asked question about PHP. Netizens have often visited websites which have URLs showing ‘.php’ files, but seldom do they know what it is or what it means.

Well, PHP is just another scripting (or computer programming) language – one of many in the IT industry. But it is one of the most popular for writing website-based computer programs/applications.

PHP was created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994 to help him track his online resume, and have since evolved (17 years later) to become a fantastic option for building web-based applications. This blog you are reading for example, uses a web-based program called ‘WordPress’ (WordPress Website) which is built using PHP.

Essentially that’a all PHP is – a programming language which skilled PHP developer can use to build useful and dynamic applications which can be used on websites.

What does ‘PHP’ stand for? Well, it was initially coined for ‘Personal Home Page’ but has been re-worded as ‘PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor’. I know it’s kind of odd to give it a name like that – in any case – this is a just a bit of trivia; what’s important is what you can do with PHP, and you do a lot of things with it.

The official PHP website can be found at http://www.php.net. I’m building this site as a  good source of information for anyone who wants to start learning to use PHP in their website.