Are you ready to start learning PHP Programming? Take a look at this quick check list before you get started to make sure you're good to go!
Since PHP is often nested in HTML, and HTML can be woven into your PHP, its good to have some HTML background before you begin. You can't format PHP data directly, you use HTML for this. You don't need to be an HTML wiz, but knowing some basics is great.
Before you learn any PHP, you need to have a place to work with your code. You can find programs specifically designed to edit PHP, or you can just use a simple, free, plain text editor. A plain text editor will save your code without any formatting information usually hidden in word processing programs.
In order to run you PHP programs you need somewhere that PHP is enabled. You most likely will do this at your hosting company. Most hosting will automatically come with PHP enabled, so all you need to do is upload your files. You can also enable PHP on your home computer, if you want to run your PHP files locally.
Once you create a program, you need a way to transfer it to your hosting. An FTP program allows you to move files from your computer to your website. There are many good free FTP programs available online, as well as a range of paid programs.