This tutorials is for beginner who want to start learning PHP Web Development . In this tutorial , I will describe from scratch on how to create a php file, Install local server and execute it on browser . Well, PHP is a server side scripting language ,So it require a server to execute . We can purchase online server but for local development without internet ,we need local server .
There are lots of local server available to download free from internet like XAMPP, WAMPP, LAMP, MAMP . Here XAMPP and WAMP for window operating system.I have also create a video tutorial watch below . We will be using XAMPP because it is more powerful than WAMPP . Download XAMPP from here https://www.apachefriends.org/download.html .Here recommended PHP version to download is 5.6.x . After downloading just double click to install like any other software .
While on installation process ,select installation directory to non window directory . Means if window installed in C:drive ,better install XAMPP on other drive like D or E if you have . This is because our XAMPP contains our lots of local project that may contains images, audio, video file . These files can heavy .So, to prevent drive space issue ,we recommend to install on non window installed drive . Complete the XAMPP installation process .
After you have to open it's control panel to start Apache and Mysql . Click on start on right side of apache and mysql . Sometime apache does not start due to port 80 already used by other application on your system or may some other issue . Try below if you facing error to start apache or skip if you did not have any issue on starting apache and mysql . - Right click on xampp control panel ,choose 'Run as administrator' then try starting apache . We try this because apache need proper privileges to start it - If you have already skype installed on your system, It already uses port 80 . To change it's setting follow below - Open skype 'Tools' menu - click 'Options'-> Advanced -> Connection - Uncheck there 'use port 80 and 443 for additional incoming connections' - If still you can not start apache , download this small software : 'Tcpview' to find port usage application execute this software and find there on list which other application running 'http' or 'httpd' . If you find any other software using these 'http' or 'httpd' , uninstall this .
Now ,after successful apache and mysql starts, you have to access local server root directory i.e suppose your xampp installed on D: driver . Your local server root directory is D:/xampp/htdocs . Here inside 'htdocs' you have to create your project folder then put/create php files inside this . Suppose we created a folder 'my_project' inside htdocs . Now create a php file . You can create like creating any text file or can create from PHP editor .
We recommend Dreamweaver . Dreamweaver is considered best PHP, HTML editor . If you want to directly create blank php file without any editor , you must have enabled file extension show . To enable this on window 7 - Open any drive (C , D or any ). Click on 'Organize' , you can find it on left top side of this window . - Click 'Folder and Search options' - Then select 'view' tab - now uncheck there 'Hide extension for known file type ' Now you can create php file directly like creating text file . To do so just right click ->new->Text document After rename file and extension ex hello.php Create a php file inside newly created folder under 'htdocs' folder ex :
write below inside this file
echo "Welcome , this is my first php output";
Now ,Lets execute this file on browser . Open your browser type below http://localhost/my_project/hello.php If everything ok and you xampp's apache, mysql running , you should see below text there Welcome , this is my first php output Consider here on url http://localhost access htdocs folder , then you just have to type folder name along with file name . For more PHP tutorial browse our PHP tutorials , We also provide advance level ecommerse project based PHP Training.