What is PHP?

Created in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf (a dutch programmer) PHP originally stood for ‘Personal Home Page’. PHP was developed to replace a small set of Perl scripts that Lerdorf was using to maintain his personal homepage. Since the PHP has developed a great deal and is now a very popular server side programming language that is generally used to make webpages and interact with databases.

How do I become a PHP developer?

The most straight forward route to becoming a PHP developer is to take a degree in a subject such as computer science and opt to specialize in PHP or web development. This is a great route for those looking to find a PHP job with a large company that places an emphasis on wanting candidates to have formal qualifications.

A degree, however, is not essential if you want to become a PHP developer. In fact, the majority of PHP developers started their careers thanks to self study. There are many home learning colleges who can help you study by yourself, as well as numerous resources, forums and blogs which have been developed to support those in the industry and tutor those who are keen to get involved.

Other routes in to PHP development include vocational courses, which are great for hands on experience and a greater focus on PHP itself.

What can I expect to earn as a PHP developer?

An entry level PHP developer can expect to receive a starting salary of around £20,000. The average for the industry however is around £35,000 and experienced PHP developers can look to receive salaries of around £45,000 to £50,000.

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