PHP Tutorial

Last Updated : May 2, 2021

PHP stands for hypertext pre-processor, which is a server-side scripting language and most suitable for web development. PHP can be easily integrated with HTML, and its code executed on the server-side and returns the output as HTML. It is open-source software, and anyone can contribute; you can download it for free of cost.

In this PHP tutorial series, we have curated various PHP language concepts for you to learn. At the end of this tutorial series, you will have a piece of good knowledge about PHP. We encourage you to learn and apply your ideas to create a new web application and master it.

Who developed PHP?

Rasmus Lerdorf developed PHP programming language, and it was started as a small in-house open source project but was later released to the public in 1994. Currently, PHP has a vast amount of community members all over the world. They are contributing to making PHP more wonderful.

Why should you learn PHP?

PHP language is easy to learn, and for a beginner, it’s a great starting point to learn web technologies. It can be integrated with any front-end frameworks like React, Angular, or plain HTML. PHP can communicate with different popular databases, including MySql, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and NoSQL like MongoDB.

One of the important reasons is even now, almost 79% of websites are running using PHP. Also, the PHP developer community is making continuous progress to make PHP language more secure, reliable, and faster. Growing supports on Github and StackOverflow, you always find a solution for your problem.

You may hear about WordPress, one of the top CMS used by many businesses/blogs developed on top of PHP. And their current usage statistics may give you one of the main reasons to learn PHP. We recommend you add PHP language into your skill-set bucket; you won’t regret it.

What you can expect from us?

You may come across different kinds of tutorials for PHP language. Here we have added more information to learn and become an expert in web development using PHP. We have added an example-based tutorial for all the topics so that you can see more code blocks than the content. We encourage you to work on all the code blocks and modify them to see the output for better understanding.

There are many concepts to cover in PHP, yet we tried as much as possible to cover and explain. Those who are beginners, then you can continue step by step and learn the concepts. If you are at the above beginner level, you can jump into advanced concepts, but we recommend checking from the beginning for interesting code block examples.

Usually, when we read some tutorial or code block examples, we can understand. A few days later, when we have to implement some concepts in the real-time project, there is a chance we may forget those important concepts. When you learn new concepts in any topics and from the specific page’s code block, we recommend to you that do not copy the code and run it; write it on the executable editor by yourself and experiment with it. Over time you will become an expert.

What you can do from this tutorial at the end?

You can do many interesting things when you learned all the topics covered in this PHP tutorial, some of them are below.

  • You can understand how web pages work using PHP
  • You can create dynamic web pages
  • You can create login and session/cookie-based pages
  • You know various advanced concepts in PHP like File handling, Mail, Forms, Regular Expression, etc.,
  • Finally, you may have good knowledge for an entry-level web developer job.


We created this tutorial for all kinds of audiences who are willing to learn programming language. But for a better learning experience, you should have a basic understanding of the following technologies. Let’s get started!

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • MySql