What is PHP? A quick guide

April 19,

What is PHP?

"PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor" is shortened to PHP. It is a popular online scripting language that enables the development of dynamic web pages and programmes. Rasmus Lerdorf first developed PHP in 1995, and it has since grown to be one of the most widely used languages on the internet.

A short history of PHP

Dynamic websites can be made using PHP, a potent programming language. Joomla is ideal for building simple or sophisticated websites because it is free and open source. PHP is a popular choice for web developers since it is also well-known for being simple to use.

How does PHP work?

PHP is a well-liked general-purpose open source scripting language that is well-suited for web development. On GitHub, PHP is now the sixth most popular programming language. It was first developed in 1995. Over the world, millions of websites and applications have been made using it.

How do PHP Updates work?

To increase stability and increase functionality, PHP has been updated. Some of the updates are security updates (such as 7.3 to 7.4), while others are significantly more significant (e.g., 7, 8). The upgrade may cause breakdowns in compatibility, but it may also cause code solutions to provide a larger and more powerful effect to break.

How Frequent are these updates?

Using recognised, supported versions of PHP, servers and websites should be kept up to date. They come with a tonne of fresh features and options that boost security and profitability. Whether operating in a commercial sector with an internet-based structure, we get the relevance of it.

The Impact of not Updating PHP

Older versions lose support and become less secure when newer versions are released. To maintain a safe website with optimal operation, web hosts must install the most recent configuration on their servers. As a result, websites hosting older PHP architecture are affected.

Moreover, some plugins have a history of causing compatibility problems. People appreciate your websites, however you will need to wait till certain new plugins are developed to address compatibility issues. For new sites made with the most recent PHP version, to handle this.

PHP Updates as Standard for all our Customers

If your a customer of Culprit Design, and on our Litespeed Hosting plans, all our customer websites will always be running the latest stable version of PHP.


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