Is PHP web hosting the best option to safely deploy a new website?

It is 25 years ago that programmer Rasmus Lerdorf released version one of the PHP programming language. Initially, PHP was nothing but a software library written for PERL Lerdorf had developed for his own personal use. That being said, this new language was immediately met with a lot of excitement: its popularity couldn’t be more obvious today, as PHP is one of the most commonly used open-source languages in the context of web development. But why opt for PHP web hosting in order to deploy a new website? What advantages are there in choosing this type of hosting?

Included in each plan:

  • Storage expendable up to 2TB ($0.36/GB)
  • Free TLS/SSL certificates.
  • Unlimited bandwidth.
  • Automatic linking to your domains.
  • Varnish web accelerator.
  • Technical support by email.

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What is PHP web hosting?

PHP, a recursive acronym for “PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor”, is the name of a programming language. This open-source scripting language may be used for the development of dynamic applications and web pages. Nowadays, many content management systems such as WordPress and PrestaShop are written in PHP and run on top of its frameworks (Symfony, Laravel, Zend…). The omnipresence of PHP in the online world has lead to the existence of a great selection of PHP web hosting solutions.

While many versions of PHP have been released since 1994, the language only really took shape in 1997. Two students, Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski then conceived what was at the time the most refined version of the code (PHP 3) and founded Zend Technologies. Today, 25 years later, the seventh iteration of PHP is available on most web hosting platforms where you may benefit from all its new functionalities. Not only has PHP 7 received significant new improvements and optimizations over its predecessors, it has also considerably improved loading times for web pages.

Which advantages are there in choosing PHP web hosting?

PHP web hosting services are often compatible with all the new versions of PHP. Currently, the supported versions are typically PHP 5.6 as well as each declination of PHP 7

More control

To web developers, PHP is somewhat of a comfort language and allows for a great degree of control. For this reason, they do not need to be typing thousands of lines code to generate a new web page. Instead, they’re able to automatize a large part of the process in order to save significant amounts of time when deploying a new website.

More performance

As stated earlier, the loading time for web pages has been decreasing with each new optimization of the PHP language. PHP performs a lot better in the context of web applications than languages such as Java. And as it has been proven countless times, faster loading websites have a lot more potential for user retention.

More security

Finally, every PHP web hosting solution at Gandi includes free SSL certificates that encrypt all interactions between the user and the server in order to increase confidentiality and security.

PHP web hosting is now more than an essential part of the web ecosystem; it has become the way to go for any web developer wanting a simple and intuitive access to both the PHP programming language and databases such as MySQL. PHP is quite a simple language to learn, even for inexperienced developers. Another advantage of choosing PHP is the fact that it’s entirely free, just like the other software components the LAMP stack is comprised of (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP). Nowadays, most websites have chosen PHP because of its many advantages and its exceptional performance.

Included in each plan:

  • Storage expendable up to 2TB ($0.36/GB)
  • Free TLS/SSL certificates.
  • Unlimited bandwidth.
  • Automatic linking to your domains.
  • Varnish web accelerator.
  • Technical support by email.

Prices for Australia, in AUD (AUD), for A rates. Change

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