PHP Full Form

What is the Full Form of PHP?

PHP means Hypertext Preprocessor.

At the starting PHP was Personal Home Page, but later it is amended and popular as Hypertext Preprocessor.
As a server-side scripting language PHP can be easily embedded into HTML pages. PHP has a rich library and now it is improved as a full-fledged programming language. The latest stable version of PHP is PHP 7.2.

You can read more about New Features in PHP 7.2 here.

PHP is useful for small scale to many complex solutions as there is a number of frameworks, SMSs, and ECommerce are available.

Salient Features of PHP are as follows:

  • Server-side scripting language
  • Lightweight Programming language
  • Open-source
  • Supported by all the platforms
  • Written in C, so performance is good
  • Object-Oriented Programming Language
  • Supports many RDBMS like MySQL, PostgreSQL,Oracle,Sybase,Solid and NoSQL like MongoDB.
  • PHP provides a multilayer structure to enable security in System.


PHP along with MySQL is a beautiful combination of server-side scripting language and Open Source RDBMS. MySQL is largely used SQL based RDBMS. PHP has a library that supports MySQL functionality to call from PHP code. We can retrieve data, insert data. My SQL also supports Transaction in Database.

LAMP Server

LAMP is for Linux Apache MySQL and PHP. This is a combination of all the server needs and Database need to run a PHP application on Linux System. We can install LAMP on our Linux machine as a combination of all these four technologies.

WAMP Server

Just like LAMP, we have WAMP for Windows machine. WAMP means Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. This combination provides us the accessibility and environment to run PHP and MySQL based application in a Windows machine.

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