What is PHP?

PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.

Unlike FileMaker, PHP is free to deploy and most ISP's offer PHP hosting using MySQL. The disadvantage of PHP is that unlike AppleScript, Cocoa, or Java, it is mostly only useful in a web browser. It also does not have the full object-oriented programming style of Java, which is better suited to larger, more complex sites.

When to Use PHP

We typically recommend using PHP for small to medium-sized projects that need to be hosted by a third party vendor. Some examples would be customer service forms or inquiry pages, surveys, and contact management solutions.

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