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

25 years ago programmer Rasmus Lerdorf released version one of the PHP programming language. Initially, PHP was nothing but a software library Lerdorf had written for PERL for his own personal use. Despite its humble beginnings, 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 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 expandable up to 1TB (€0.18/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. Today, many content management systems such as WordPress and PrestaShop are written in PHP and run on top of its frameworks (Symfony, Laravel, Zend…). The ubiquity of PHP in the online world has lead to the existence of a wide 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, created 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. Not only does PHP 7 have significant improvements and optimizations over its predecessors, it has also considerably improved loading times for web pages.

What advantages are there in choosing PHP web hosting?

PHP web hosting services are usually 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 something of a comfort language that allows for a great degree of control. With these features, developers 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 to save significant amounts of time when deploying a new website.

More performance

As stated earlier, the loading time for web pages has decreased with each version of the PHP language. PHP performs better for web applications than languages such as Java. And, as has been proven countless times, faster loading websites increase user retention.

More security

Lastly, every PHP web hosting solution at Gandi also includes free SSL certificates that encrypt all interactions between the user and the server, increasing confidentiality and security.

PHP web hosting is now more than just an essential part of the web ecosystem; it has also become the way to go for web developers wanting simple and intuitive access to both the PHP programming language and databases such as MySQL. PHP is a relatively simple language to learn, even for inexperienced developers. PHP is also entirely free, just like the other software components the LAMP stack is comprised of (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP). Today, most websites use PHP because of its many advantages and exceptional performance.

Included in each plan:

  • Storage expandable up to 1TB (€0.18/GB)
  • Free TLS/SSL certificates.
  • Unlimited bandwidth.
  • Automatic linking to your domains.
  • Varnish web accelerator.
  • Technical support by email.

Prices for France, 20% VAT tax included, in € (EUR), for A rates. Change

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