How to Use PHP in Joomla

PHP is a recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor. It is a server-side scripting language that facilitates web development to generate the smooth creation of web page documents. A PHP code looks like this when embedded in an HTML page.

There are three vital elements needed on how PHP works: a PHP engine, a database, and a web server. A web page that has PHP scripts in it is sent to a PHP engine where the PHP tags are translated and rendered for the browser and thus visitor to your site.

A couple of years ago, one had to install all three elements for the process to work. However, due to technological and computer programming advancement, developers have come up with convenient packages wherein all three PHP elements are installed as one. These are the WAMP for Windows operating system, MAMP for Mac operating system, and LAMP for Linux operating system. The utilization of PHP makes it more convenient for web developers to establish a dynamic range of websites. This strategy has been accepted and maintained by Joomla, a popular open-source content management system. What most people don’t know is that PHP statements already exist in a Joomla template.

To understand better how to use PHP in Joomla, let me discuss with you the three main functions of PHP. First, it is a server-side scripting language. A PHP functions through a server that has a PHP installation. The server assists the PHP programming and produces output on the web browser. Second, PHP is used as a command line, such as the execution of simple text processing tasks. Third, a PHP is used in writing desktop applications.

PHP was first developed by Rasmus Lerdorf, a Danish programmer, in 1994. He used this program to maintain his personal homepage until he decided to announce the program on June 8, 1995. The program was further enhanced and launched by two Israeli developers named Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans. At present, there are over hundreds PHP base functions and extensions and over thousands of websites that utilize PHP codes and scripts.

Understanding the entire functionality of PHP is really challenging, especially for beginners. But Joomla is the content management system that is easy to use with PHP since it has an extension directory and plugins that are packaged for PHP usage. Read the basic introduction to PHP at PHP.net before stepping further into the web developing dominion so that you won’t be at a loss. A tutorial on PHP would take several pages, but I hope this quick introduction to how to use PHP in Joomla has helped point you in the right direction.