What is PHP?
PHP is a scripting language that is widely used for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. It is a server side scripting language. A server side script runs on the server. The code received from the browser is passed on to the PHP interpreter by the Web server. The PHP interpreter (residing on the web server) in turn runs through the script and produces the html to be delivered to the client browser.
PHP is commonly used with MySQL or Ingress. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that both the PHP and MySQL are supported by your web host. It is important to know that the web host supports the most stable and recent versions, and not the beta versions. Our web server supports MySQL 4.0.12 and PHP 4.3.1. Click here for complete feature list.
One feature that distinguishes the normal HTML web pages from that of server side scripting web sites is the server response times. Many times you find the server response slowing down when encountered with a PHP script. This may be due to old server with insufficient processor capacity and memory. Check the server response times when hosting with a php host. A slow response in loading pages with php script could mean insufficient server resources. Some times, the response times might be slow due to excessive number of processes running simultaneously on the server. This is an indication of hosting more number of domain than the server could take. In brief, points to remember when choosing a php host:
The server is having sufficient hardware resources, usually a P IV 2GHz processor with at least 512 MB of RAM.
That the server supports recent versions of PHP and MySQL.
The server response is good when running PHP script based web sites.
Technical support is available for installing and troubleshooting installation problems. You can ask the web host if he could install the script for you. Many web hosts agree for this.
Of course, reasonable monthly hosting charges.