PHP, or PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor is a scripting language considered to be free software by the Free Software Foundation. PHP is often used for Web development as it both allows developers to quickly write dynamically generated web pages and also can be embedded in HTML, the leading markup language for web pages. The PHP syntax is familiar to many developers and programmers as much of its syntax is borrowed from and based on C, Java, and Perl. According to statistics collected by, as of June 2008 approximately 33.17% of websites are utilizing PHP, and PHP is the most commonly used Apache module on web servers as of July 2006, with almost 6 million servers utilizing it.

PHP is available free of charge and can be used for numerous other functions including command-line scripting and client-side GUI applications, making this an extremely useful language. Currently, PHP is even being utilized on popular sites such as Facebook and Wikipedia for the user-facing portions. Net Easy values PHP as it is easy to learn, cheap to implement, cross platform, and Open Source, thus making it a cost effective solution for many companies.

Many people debate whether PHP is an "Object-Oriented" (OO) programming language and this debate continues today. However, it is probably safe to say that when originally developed, PHP was not an OO language and to leave the debate to others with more time. Having said this, PHP has limitations in regards to code development. Having a large number of developers is great with readily supported projects. However, it also means that people jump in and write code which may not be well done, secure, scalable, or maintainable.

PHP was developed in 1995 by Rasmus Lerdorf who publicly released it on June 8, 1995. Later, Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans rewrote the parser that was to form PHP 3.