What Is PHP Hosting

PHP Hosting FAQ

When the time comes to choose your hosting environment you’re going to have a ton of different options at your disposal. The hosting environment you choose not only needs to have certain technical capabilities so your website can grow, but you also need to choose the right scripting environment so your website can function properly.

One of those environments is PHP web hosting. PHP web hosting is a style of web hosting that has the ability to read and execute the PHP programming language.

Below you’ll learn what PHP actually is, its role in web hosting, and the benefits of choosing a PHP web host over the options available.


What is PHP?

PHP is a scripting language that’s developed by the PHP group. The PHP language is an open source interpreter, which means that it interprets in real-time. It’s not built into the code of the machine it’s running on.

PHP works to produce dynamic content and is usually embedded within working HTML code. The main goal of the PHP language is to provide a powerful and free tool to create dynamic websites. It’s currently one of the most popular scripting languages in the entire world.

You can identify PHP files by the “.php” extension that follows the filename.

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on PHP, or just want to figure out what a specific function does, then check out PHP.net. This is the support and knowledge center for PHP developers around the globe.


PHP and Web Hosting

Since PHP is a server-side language the server will process the source code. So, front end users won’t have access to the code like they do with strict HTML sites. However, PHP sites still do and can contain snippets of HTML and CSS throughout. PHP is very flexible and can do things that most static sites cannot.

Before you make any decision about choosing a web host you need to ensure it supports a PHP environment. If it’s not fully supported, then any PHP scripting you have will be rendered instead as HTML.

PHP can help to perform a lot of complex features like:

  • Display the best version of a site for a chosen screen size.
  • Send and receive cookies.
  • Create blogs, forums, and other interactive pages.
  • Create interactive websites that require user input.
  • Create a dynamic content site with the help of a database.

PHP web hosts are compatible with both Linux and Windows platforms. The PHP Linux combination is one of the most popular.


Benefits of PHP Hosting

If your website is built with PHP and your web host supports it, then your site will receive a host of benefits you won’t be able to get with other environments. Below we highlight some of the most common benefits of PHP hosting.


1. PHP Is Compatible

PHP is a universal scripting language, which means that websites created with PHP are going to be compatible with almost every new device, including iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. The ability to generate sites that look good on every screen size is now a requirement for most modern websites.


2. PHP Can Be Cheaper

Since PHP is a free, open source, scripting language the hosting costs in a PHP hosting environment are generally less than other commercial language hosting environments.


3. PHP Is Simple to Use

Most developers prefer to work with PHP. It integrates easily with HTML and CSS, without needing any additional plugins or software to make it work. Plus, it’s a must-have if your site runs on a popular CMS like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal.


4. PHP Is Incredibly Fast

PHP is very light on server resources. This means that your site will perform much faster and won’t put a strain on loading times or overall site performance. When your site consumes a ton of server resources just to load a page this will not only increase hosting costs, but it will diminish your overall user experience.


5. PHP Easily Integrates with Databases

The real power of PHP comes in its integration with databases like MySQL. However, since PHP is so versatile there are other database integration options as well. This is a core requirement for most CMS, blogs, online stores, and forums.


As you can see PHP web hosting is a great option if your site is built using the PHP framework. For questions about PHP and your HostGator account, please visit our support portal.

Kevin Wood writes about technology and human potential. You can find him at his virtual homes Wooden Writing and Counter Culturist.