Your Web Site to Life With PHP
Bring Your Web Site to Life With PHP
PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor, better known as PHP, is a highly popular,
server-side scripting language that can be embedded directly into
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
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
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.
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: http://www.yourdomain.com/phpinfo.php
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 http://www.PHP.net.
If you'd like to try some PHP scripts on your site, here are some
great scripts to get you started:
PhpAdsNew - Rotating Ads
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
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 design.
PhpDig - Search Utility
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
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.
About the Author
Shelley Lowery is the
author of the acclaimed web design course, Web Design Mastery. http://www.webdesignmastery.com
and Ebook Starter - Give Your Ebooks the look and feel of a REAL