What is PHP Hosting in a nutshell?

PHP is a scripting language that allows you to produce dynamic web pages. Code snippets embedded in standard HTML code are compiled and interpreted during runtime with a PHP parser/compiler module. The parser module then generates the “dynamic” web page document served to the site’s visitor.

PHP web hosting is a hosting service which includes the PHP parser module for interpreting PHP code.

PHP is becoming one of the fastest rising scripting languages in the Internet today. Its main selling point is its performance, its ability to handle huge amounts of incoming traffic, and its ability to return the processed response quickly. Even high-traffic sites like Facebook and Wikipedia use PHP with their web services.

Most PHP scripting engines are also free and open-source, which makes PHP web hosting a viable option for small businesses. PHP, in itself, is also free software. You may able to extend PHP to have custom functionality for your web service, or implement your own PHP parser to optimize the performance of your web service.

Any Disadvantages Of Using PHP? (hahaha, right…)

A disadvantage of PHP is that it has no formal standard. Although PHP boasts interoperability between different operating systems and environments, you cannot assume that the behavior of certain PHP pages on Server Environment A would be the same when hosted on Server Environment B. It is also has lesser security as compared to other server scripting programming languages. Hackers and attackers can use PHP to steal or destroy data on the server. PHP web hosting services should have appropriate protection installed on their servers to protect data hosted in your web service. There are other scripting languages, like Java Server Pages and Active Server Pages, that have stronger security implementations but web pages written in these languages tend to be slower than ones written in PHP.

Will PHP web hosting suit your needs? The following questions may guide you to your answer:

  1. Do you need to create dynamic, real-time content?
  2. Do you foresee high incoming traffic (number of requests) for your web service?
  3. Is response time critical for your web service?

If you answered “yes” to these guide questions, then PHP web hosting might be the ideal solution for your web service.