In this article, we are going to talk about Use of PHP in Web Development.

If you don’t know about PHP, then read this article or let me define briefly for you.

PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source Server-side scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.

PHP is currently Leading with a Market share of 82.1% of Server Side Programming Languages.

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Use of PHP in Web Development

1. Content Management Systems

One of the Most Powerful uses of PHP in Web Development is Creating or using Content Management System.

A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that supports the creation and modification of digital content using a common user interface and thus usually supporting multiple users working in a collaborative environment.Wikipedia

Either you can create your own CMS(which is not a Great Idea), or you can use one of the widely available Free or Commercial solutions listed below:

  1. WordPress (This site is also using WordPress CMS) – Powering 25% of Websites over the Internet
  2. Joomla
  3. Drupal

2. E-Commerce

PHP is also used to design E-Commerce websites. You can either create your own E-Commerce Solution, then Go ahead(but I don’t recommend it), but there are many existed e-commerce solutions.

Such as:

You can use these PHP Frameworks to create your own Shopping Cart Application:

3. Building an Online Community

You can build your own Online Community using PHP, or choose from widely available that you can easily implement on your website.

If you are planning to build your Own Online Community from Scratch, then I’ll recommend you to use a Framework. For Example, CodeIgniter.

You can use several Forum building tools, that will help to easily create an Online Community for your Business. Some of the Popular Ones are:

4. Create Charts and Graph

Do you want to create a Chart or Graph for your Website?

No Problem!!

PHP can create charts and Graph too!

There are many PHP Components to Create charts and Graph and some of them are:

5. Create Apps and Plugin

You can create Apps(For Example, Facebook App) or WordPress Plugins and many things.

If you need an Idea about your WordPress Plugin, they have a section when users post their plugin ideas.

And, If you need any help in creating your plugin, you can visit WordPress Codex.

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