Before you go down the route of studying coding, you might want to try your hand at producing a PHP-enabled page. PHP is one of the most widely used coding languages, used in more than 240 million websites as of last year. The more you practice, the more you will become familiar with the various tasks and instructions in PHP coding. Here is a brief guide of how to create your first PHP-enabled page.
First of all, you will need to get yourself sorted with everything you need for PHP programming.
Once you’re set, you’ll be able to start creating your first PHP-enabled page. To do this, you will be using a simple example. PHP can be confusing for those unfamiliar with coding so start off with something small and work your way up.
A simple programme to input is the following:To do this, create a file called hello.php and put it in your web server’s root directory. After you’ve done that, input the text from the above picture and you’ll have created your first PHP page, albeit a simple one. The end product should be a page of PHP saying “Hello World”.
Some things to remember about PHP-enabled page
PHP is a text file with the .php extension. It consists of text, HTML tags and PHP scripts. PHP is all about writing commands to a server. You need to tell the server where the PHP starts and ends, and what you want it to do. If you look at the above example, the PHP starts where the blue text begins, i.e. <?php and ends at the other blue text; ?>. A PHP file will always start and end in this way – <?php PHP Test ?>.
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