PHP Installation

Before starting to develop PHP pages you need to have an access to a Web server with PHP support. To have this possibility you have two options:

  1. Install Apache or IIS on your own server, then install PHP, and MySQL.
  2. Find a web hosting plan with PHP and MySQL support.
  • If you already have a web host and if your server supports PHP you don’t need to do anything. Just create some .php files in your web directory, and the server will parse them for you. Because it is free, most web hosts offer PHP support. But if your server does not support PHP, you must install PHP. 
  • If you just want to learn PHP for now and not develop a real website, you don’t need a web hosting plan with PHP and MySQL support. You might install either Apache or IIS on you own server(which is your own computer) then you need to install PHP and MySQL. 

DOWNLOAD LINKS

Download Apache (If you want to move on with Apache server I recommend you to read this text)

Installing IIS (To install IIS to your windows, Please read the article about installing IIS  on vista and windows 7  and do the directions, if you don’t have vista or windows 7 on your computer please do a basic google search typing installing IIS on {your Operating System name/version})

Download PHP (I recommend you to download the latest version of PHP and after downloading it; extract its content, copy all of the files and paste them into C:/Program Files/PHP(create this folder beneath Program Files) folder).

Note: We did this copy-paste stuff bacause I had an error today when I was trying to build my first PHP page. I am using IIS by the way 🙂 The thing was adding *php extensions to our IIS. If you have a such problem do the instructions in this article(The title is Using IIS Manager user interface to create a handler mapping for PHP). After doing these instructions I had my PHP code working on my localhost 🙂

Download MySQL (To install it just do the next>next stuff and at the end don’t forget what you’ve typed in password field)

If you have done what I’ve told you above that means you are ready to develop PHP pages.. Yee haw! Stay connected.Before starting to develop PHP pages you need to have an access to a Web server with PHP support. To have this possibility you have two options:

  1. Install Apache or IIS on your own server, then install PHP, and MySQL.
  2. Find a web hosting plan with PHP and MySQL support.
  • If you already have a web host and if your server supports PHP you don’t need to do anything. Just create some .php files in your web directory, and the server will parse them for you. Because it is free, most web hosts offer PHP support. But if your server does not support PHP, you must install PHP. 
  • If you just want to learn PHP for now and not develop a real website, you don’t need a web hosting plan with PHP and MySQL support. You might install either Apache or IIS on you own server(which is your own computer) then you need to install PHP and MySQL. 

DOWNLOAD LINKS

Download Apache (If you want to move on with Apache server I recommend you to read this text)

Installing IIS (To install IIS to your windows, Please read the article about installing IIS  on vista and windows 7  and do the directions, if you don’t have vista or windows 7 on your computer please do a basic google search typing installing IIS on {your Operating System name/version})

Download PHP (I recommend you to download the latest version of PHP and after downloading it; extract its content, copy all of the files and paste them into C:/Program Files/PHP(create this folder beneath Program Files) folder).

Note: We did this copy-paste stuff bacause I had an error today when I was trying to build my first PHP page. I am using IIS by the way 🙂 The thing was adding *php extensions to our IIS. If you have a such problem do the instructions in this article(The title is Using IIS Manager user interface to create a handler mapping for PHP). After doing these instructions I had my PHP code working on my localhost 🙂

Download MySQL (To install it just do the next>next stuff and at the end don’t forget what you’ve typed in password field)

If you have done what I’ve told you above that means you are ready to develop PHP pages.. Yee haw! Stay connected.

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