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There are many great reasons to learn PHP. You can reduce manual updates to webpages, get user input, and connect to a database of products or other information. But some web designers are intimidated by the theory and jargon. PHP for Web Designers is different. Author David Powers provides a gentle introduction to PHP, through a series of simple exercises that help you develop fully functional dynamic webpages—all powered by PHP. Learn how to reduce website maintenance by moving common page elements to external server-side include files, change content automatically depending on the date or time, display alternate text, gather user input from a form, and link to a database to display product information. The final chapter is dedicated to understanding error messages and fixing their root causes.
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Hi I'm David Powers and welcome to PHP for web designers. I've been using PHP, the most popular service side language, to add dynamic features to websites for more then a dozen years. And I want to show you how PHP can make your websites more efficient. You don't need a programming background. I'll start by showing you various techniques through simple exercise files with only a few lines of code. Then we'll take those same techniques and apply them to a website for a ficticious flower design company.
You'll move the site's navigation menu and foot it to external files so they can be updated in just one place rather than every page. You'll also see how to process an online form and display the results. The final project links the site to a database and shows how to display a series of related products in one page. And link to individual product details on another. There's also a chapter dedicated to helping you understand PHP error messages and fix whatever caused them.
Working with PHP requires a different approach from design, but I won't bombard you with dense programming theory and jargon. I started using PHP to reduce a lot of the tedious repititon required by static HTML. And I want to share that knowledge with you, so join me in exploring PHP for Web Designers.
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