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Bring Your Web Site to Life With PHP
by Shelley Lowery © Copyright.

PHP: Hypertext 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.

Because PHP is a server-side scripting language, your visitors 
will not need to install any new software, but PHP must be set 
up on your server. 

Below 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 server.

To use the script, simply copy the following three lines of code 
and paste them into a plain text editor, such as NotePad. 

Note: To enable the code to display properly, a period has been 
added following the opening bracket. You'll need to remove this 
period prior to using the code.

<.?
phpinfo();
?>

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
http://www.PHP.net.

If you'd like to try some PHP scripts on your site, here are
some great scripts to get you started:

PhpAdsNew - Rotating Ads
http://phpadsnew.com/two/

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
http://www.interaction-design.org/scripts/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
http://boastology.com/

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
http://www.clicks-counter-pro.com/

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
http://www.hitcode.com/products/linkdept/

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 
design.  

PhpDig - Search Utility
http://www.phpdig.net/

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
http://www.phpbb.com/

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:
http://www.alt-php-faq.org/
http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/

To find more PHP scripts, visit the following web sites:
http://www.hotscripts.com/PHP/Scripts_and_Programs/index.html
http://php.resourceindex.com/Complete_Scripts/

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.

Copyright (c) Shelley Lowery

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Shelley Lowery is the author of the acclaimed web design course, 
Web Design Mastery (http://www.webdesignmastery.com). An in-depth 
guide to professional web site design. Visit Web-Source.net to 
sign up for a complimentary subscription to Etips and receive a 
copy of the acclaimed ebook, "Killer Internet Marketing Strategies." 
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