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richcodesign
06-25-2009, 09:37 AM
Hello,

Ive looked into doing a php course through a member of this forum.
This may sound stupid - im a novice and have only created sites in html and using css. Can someone explain to me what PHP is and where i can find out more about it and what its used for.

Id like to create a site that has forms, member log in areas, a message board where ppl can post ideas and messages.

http://demo.hoa-sites.com/default.php (similar idea to this link)

love any help and ideas!

Corrosive
06-25-2009, 10:44 AM
Hello,

Ive looked into doing a php course through a member of this forum.
This may sound stupid - im a novice and have only created sites in html and using css. Can someone explain to me what PHP is and where i can find out more about it and what its used for.

Id like to create a site that has forms, member log in areas, a message board where ppl can post ideas and messages.

http://demo.hoa-sites.com/default.php (similar idea to this link)

love any help and ideas!

PHP is a server side language which can be used to create all the functions you are looking for. Mainly it is used in conjunction with SQL databases where you can store info and then query it using forms and other functions on your website.

I would thoroughly recommend learning PHP and, if you are comfortable with HTML and CSS, then go for it. I learnt from the same member I think and am now flying with it. As customers want more and more interactive features form websites it will be one hell of a string to your bow.

Official PHP site...

http://www.php.net/

...it is a bit 'dry' though, I warn you.

richcodesign
06-25-2009, 11:10 AM
yeah... that site is a little difficult to get excited about

Corrosive
06-25-2009, 01:17 PM
yeah... that site is a little difficult to get excited about

Yeah, I agree but it is a great resource. Give the lessons a try. It is well worth it.

kremo5le
06-26-2009, 08:05 PM
yeah... that site is a little difficult to get excited about

PHP is at first a bit discouraging if you are just wanting to make changes here and there or simply you just don't want to learn how to program with it like me. However, PHP starts turning into a very interesting and I would say rewarding experience when it all starts making sense and you can actually "read" a lot of what's on a PHP document. I really don't know what you are planning on doing with PHP, but don't get discouraged!

Good luck,

k. :-D