Website-Using-PHPIf you are looking to create a dynamic website then the best method for doing so is by using PHP which is one of the most commonly used scripts in web design. The advantages of PHP lies in the fact that it is very easy to master PHP syntax and it can also directly be embedded into the HTML coding.

PHP can be used to make dynamic website with a host of fun options like interactive tools including discussion boards and forums, slideshows of photographs, local updates in real time, etc. There are many free online tutorials that can be used to learn HTML and PHP.

Steps to using PHP

Before starting off, two things are required. One is a website which has PHP enabled and the second one is a text editor which detects computer language, for example Notepad ++.

  1. The first step is to learn the art of hand coding HTML. There are many free video tutorials available online. HTML forms the backbone of web pages and learning how to hand code it will definitely be a great help in being able to debug any problems at the coding level.
  2. The second step is to learn how to use CSS or Cascading Style Sheets. This will help to both layout and style your web pages. Again, there are tutorials for this. Using CSS, you can chine the fonts of the texts, add colours, borders and other elements to the pages. You can control all the elements. It is recommended to learn the layout first and do the stylistic elements later. Keep it simple.
  3. Now comes the part where you have to learn PHP by using a tutorial. Learn the programming language because it will allow you to turn your static web pages into dynamic and interactive web pages. You will be able to add various modes of functionality including email contact and also integrate it with other databases externally from other websites.
  4. After this hurdle, you can finally use CSS to its fullest. Use it to fancy up your web pages by adding different elements. Change the font or the colour of the texts; you can add pops of colour to the page itself. Use borders and colour up the background as well.
  5. Once you have mastered the basics of CSS and HTML, it is time to get into some advanced knowledge. Look at some of the tips and tricks you can use using CSS and HTML. There are many websites that offer tutorials and articles as such on these. Visit our site to learn more.
  6. If you want to further improve the style and layout of your website then study the theories of design and its principles. Look up articles and guides which tell you about the basics of good design, colour theory, usability and so on. There are many design resources available to get the most out of your CSS and PHP.
  7. Lastly, it is always good to get a second opinion. Show your pages to your friends or people you trust for an opinion. Also, ask them to review it as users. Do they find the navigation simple enough to follow? Are they having trouble deciphering the font or are they getting overwhelmed by the colours and graphics? User feedback is always an invaluable resource.

Make sure that your PHP website is user friendly at the end of the day. Always look for ways to enhance the user experience.

About the author. Eliza Jenkins is a web designer who is adept at using PHP and CSS in her websites. She runs her independent design agency. Eliza loves painting freehand whenever she has the time.