PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a general-purpose scripting language that is intensively used for developing web applications. Currently supported by the vast majority of hosting providers and is one of the leaders among the languages used to create dynamic websites.
The language and its interpreter (Zend Engine) are developed by a group of enthusiasts as part of an open source project. The project is distributed under its own license, incompatible with the GNU GPL.
Popularity in the field of website building is determined by the presence of a large set of built-in tools and additional modules for developing web applications.
Currently, PHP is used by hundreds of thousands of developers. According to the rating of TIOBE corporation, based on the data of search engines, in May 2016 PHP was in 6th place among programming languages. The largest sites using PHP include Facebook, Wikipedia, and others.
Official website: https://www.php.net