Getting Started with PHP

PHP powers millions of websites on the internet. Take this class to learn how to build dynamic web pages, handle form data, perform database calls, and much more!

23 Lessons Updated 4 months ago PHP Beginner Level

PHP powers millions of websites on the internet. Take this class to learn how to build dynamic web pages, handle form data, perform database calls, and much more!

Course Content

Introduction to PHP

This is the beginning of the Getting Started with PHP class. In here you will get started with writing PHP code!

6 minutes read

Syntax and Comments

Learn the basic syntax of PHP in this lesson including how to echo text on the page and leaving comments.

5 minutes read

Variables and Constants

Variables and constants hold data for us. Learn how to declare, initialize, and reassign them in PHP.

6 minutes read

Primitive Data Types

Primitive data types are the fundamental building blocks of data. This lesson will go over all the primitive data types supported in PHP.

10 minutes read

Math: Operators, Properties, and Methods

Learn about how to do arithmetic and work with the math properties and methods provided natively by PHP.

13 minutes read

Ifs, Else Ifs, Switch

Logic and conditionals are a fundamental part of PHP and is how your program or script can make decisions.

20 minutes read


Learn how to shorten and improve your code by utilizing loops like for loops, while loops, do while loops, and for in loops.

15 minutes read


Functions in PHP allow you to reuse a code block and reduce code repetition which ensures cleaner and more modular code.

8 minutes read


Arrays are a list of data in PHP. In this lesson, learn how to create, add elements to, remove elements from, and iterate over arrays.

27 minutes read

Classes and Objects

Classes in PHP provide a blueprint for the creation of objects which helps organize our code and reduce complexity.

14 minutes read

Date and Time

Learn how to express and work with dates and time using PHP's built-in date and time classes and functions.

7 minutes read


Learn how to make your website more dynamic by handling input data from forms using GET and POST requests!

9 minutes read

File Include and Require

PHP allows you to include the contents of another PHP file anywhere you want by using the include and require functions.

8 minutes read

File System and IO

Learn how to work with the file system in PHP including how to open, read, write, append, and close a file.

17 minutes read

Encoding and Decoding JSON

JSON is a lightwweight and readable data transfer format. Learn how to encode and decode JSON in PHP.

6 minutes read


Cookies are small pieces of data that you can store on the client. Learn how to work with them in PHP.

9 minutes read


PHP sessions allow you to store temporary information about a user on the server like logged-in state or username.

7 minutes read


Learn how to send text and HTML mail dynamically in PHP using its built-in mail functions and variables.

7 minutes read

Regular Expressions

Learn how to use regular expressions search patterns in PHP to match text and do advanced find and replace operations.

22 minutes read

MySQL Database

Learn how to use PHP with MySQL databases, the most popular database management software, with PDO and its functions.

24 minutes read

Error Handling

No code is ever perfect, so you'll need to know how to handle and log errors and exceptions when they occur.

16 minutes read

Exception Handling

Learn how to handle exceptions so that when they happen you can recover gracefully and allow for the script to continue.

8 minutes read

Conclusion and Wrap Up

This lesson is the last lesson of the Getting Started with PHP class and serves as the conclusion of the class.

5 minutes read