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  • Last Updated : 30 Aug, 2019

    What is PHP?
    PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor. PHP is a server-side, scripting language (a script-based program) and is used to develop Web applications. It can be embedded in HTML, and it’s appropriate for the creation of dynamic web pages and database applications. It’s viewed as a benevolent language with capacities to effectively interface with MySQL, Oracle, and different databases. The primary objective of PHP is to allow web developers to create dynamically generated pages rapidly.

    Example of PHP code:

    echo "GeeksforGeeks";  
    What is HTML?
    HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. It helps in website creation. It has an influence on the front-end code of nearly every website on the web. The way in which content is displayed in a browser is depicted through HTML. HTML files use “tags”.

    Example of HTML code:

    <!DOCTYPE html>


Developed by Rasmus Lerdorf.Developed by Tim Berners-Lee.
It is used for the development of dynamic websites and dynamic web applications.It is used to create web pages.
PHP codes are dynamic.HTML codes are static.
PHP is used for server-side programming which will interact with databases to retrieve information, storing, email sending, and provides content to HTML pages to display on the screen.HTML is used for specifying colors, text formatting, aligning, etc.
PHP is easy to learn but not as much as HTML.HTML is very easy to learn.
PHP is used for server-side development.HTML is used for front-end development
PHP can’t be used in an HTML file.HTML can be used in a PHP file.
Extensions of PHP are .php, .php3, .php4, .php7Extensions of HTML are .html, .htm

Interesting Facts:

  • Famous websites like Facebook, Technorati, Yahoo,,,, Flickr, etc are powered by PHP.
  • PHP is deployed to more than 244 million websites. (Netcraft’s web survey 2013)
  • When PHP was developed, it stands for Personal Home Page.

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