Programming Tutorials

Getting Started with PHP

By: Wang Li in PHP Tutorials on 2008-08-14  

Getting started with PHP is relatively easy, and you can start building your first PHP application with just a few simple steps:

  1. Install PHP: You'll need to install PHP on your computer. You can download the latest version of PHP from the official website ( and follow the installation instructions.

  2. Choose an IDE or Text Editor: You can use any code editor or IDE of your choice to write PHP code. Some popular options include VS Code, PHPStorm, Sublime Text, Atom, and Notepad++.

  3. Learn the basics: You'll need to learn the basic syntax and features of PHP to start writing code. The PHP manual ( is a great resource to learn from. You can start with basic concepts such as variables, functions, arrays, loops, and conditionals.

  4. Build a sample project: Once you've learned the basics, you can start building a simple project such as a "Hello, World!" program, a basic calculator, or a simple web application.

  5. Learn from online resources: There are plenty of online resources available to help you learn PHP. Some popular resources include, W3Schools, Codecademy, and Udemy.

  6. Join a community: Joining a community of PHP developers can help you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the language, get help when you need it, and collaborate on projects. Some popular PHP communities include, Reddit, and Stack Overflow.

Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you practice writing PHP code, the better you'll become.

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