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About this Course

PHP is the most popular server side scripting language used on the web. Compatible with Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, etc. PHP has a user base in the millions and is the engine behind such popular web CMS systems as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.  PHP can be used to query databases, send mail, process forms and build templated themes.

Audience Profile

​This one-day Introduction to PHP Is intended for students wanting a basic understanding of the PHP scripting language, designers who will need to understand PHP terms and processes used by developers on their web design team, WordPress users who are planning to customize a theme or functionality used in their web site.

At Course Completion

Students will have a basic understanding of what PHP is and how it can be useful in the development of their web projects. Students will be introduced to computer programming terms and processes. Students will also have a better understanding of the online resources available to them and how these resources can be used as they continue building their web development skills.


Introduction to PHP

  • A short history of PHP
  • What PHP is and what it is not
  • Requirements to run PHP
  • How PHP works
  • PHP editors
  • The basic PHP syntax
  • Adding PHP to your web page
  • Testing a PHP script
  • Using the PHP manual


Basic PHP Programming through examples

  • Using Variables
  • Using Numbers
  • Using Strings
  • Conditional statements: if, else, elseif
  • Use of loops
  • What are arrays
  • PHP functions


Intro to Databases and the PHP connection


A look at PHP in a WordPress site


​Students should be familiar with using personal computers with a mouse and keyboard and possess basic typing skills. Students should be comfortable accessing information on the computer. Students should have a basic understanding of the HTML and CSS languages.