Web Site to Life With PHP
Preprocessor, better known as PHP, is a highly popular, server-side scripting
language that can be embedded directly into HTML coding.
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 web servers.
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 coding.
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 your server.
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
To use the script, simply copy the following three lines of code and paste
them into a plain text editor, such as Note Pad.
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
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
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.
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