PHP Web Hosting
PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor, Personal Home Page tools before) is the most popular web programming language, free and open-source, licensed under the PHP license. It is used for creating dynamic web sites and applications, but can also be used to create desktop applications. Created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1995, it have become very popular after Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski rewrote the PHP parser and introduced the new Zend Engine in 1998. It interprates the code in php delimiters and produces output that is sent to browser. The code can be directly placed in HTML files. After the web server receives request, it calls the PHP interpreter (usually Apache module) that executes the code between the configured delimiters. Because it is easier to create web application in PHP, than its rivals perl, python and ruby on rails (and asp.net, though it’s not worth mentioning here), yet powerful language PHP had a fast growth in popularity. The latest version PHP 5 also introduces many object-oriented capabilities that further strengthen the PHP dominance on the internet. Today many of the most popular web scripts use PHP: WordPress (installed on more than 202 millions of websites) – blog software, Joomla – content management script – CMS, Drupal – CMS, Wikimedia (wikipedia), Tikiwiki, PHPBB (forums), Vbulletin, Zencart, Magento (shopping carts) and thousands other scripts that can do almost anything. Together with MySQL and Apache httpd web server (the popular LAMP stack – Linux Apache MySQL PHP) almost any type of website can be created. I have not met a web hosting company that do not offers PHP and MySQL as part of their features, and there are hosts that specialize only in PHP hosting. Good web hosts that are also good PHP hosts are HostGator, Bluehost, Hostmonster, Ixwebhosting, Webhostingpad, Justhost and Dreamhost.