How to setup a PHP based website
If you’re interested in making a PHP-based website, then you must have a basic understanding about the PHP programming and web development. PHP is an open source programming language. It is a server-side programming language and it has the capability to produce websites that are more engaging and interactive when you compare it to websites that are made from HTML codes.
The first thing you need when creating a PHP-based website is to get a web hosting that supports PHP-based programming. This is a must since you need a web hosting that allows you to store and execute PHP scripts. Fortunately, there are many web hosting that support PHP programming. One reminder though, it is best that you take the web hosting that offers Linux or UNIX servers since PHP does not work on Windows NT servers.
After you get your domain hosting, the next step is choosing a domain name for your website. Generally, it is best that you choose a name that is closely related to the subject of your website.
PHP-based websites need a MySQL Database, so you have to install them on your domain servers. Web hosting nowadays offer a one-click installation of MySQL Database to provide convenience to their customers. Just be sure to remember the username and password for you will need it later.
PHP websites need a content management system (CMS) to sort out the files that you have uploaded into an understandable website. There are several CMS to choose from such as OS commerce, Joomla, and WordPress. You can download your CMS from other websites, and upload it to your web host. Though, some web hosting allows you to do a one-click installation of the CMS of your choice. If your web hosting offers such feature then consider yourself lucky.
Once you have uploaded the CMS program of your choice, you can simply type in your domain name in the browser, and it will automatically run and install the CMS script. However if this method fails, then you need to install the CMS script manually. You can do this by logging into your domain-hosting panel, and locate the installation folder of your chosen CMS script. You need to run the installation script from that folder, and be sure you have the MySQL database name, username and password information at hand since the installation script needs that data when installing your CMS script.
If you have successfully installed your CMS script, it is best that you delete the installation folder for it may cause problems down the road.
You now have a fully functional PHP-based website. If you’re not satisfied with the look of your new PHP-based website, then you have the option to change it with a different themed template. You have the option to install a professionally created template to give it a unique look and feel. This method may cost you additional money, but it is well worth it if your budget allows it. On the other hand, there are thousands of free templates to choose from that are freely available on the Internet.