PHP and MySQL: An Intro to Server Side Scripting

Planning Information

The duration of this course is 2 Days.
Classes are priced from $790.00. See individual sessions for details.


PHP is the most popular server side scripting language used on the web. Compatible with Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, etc. PHP has a user base in the millions. PHP can be used to query databases, send mail, process forms and build templated themes. PHP combined with a MySQL database is the engine behind such popular web CMS systems as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.

Intended Audience

This two-day Introduction to PHP Is intended for students wanting a basic understanding of the PHP scripting language and WordPress users who are planning to customize a theme or functionality used in their web site.

At Completion

Students will have a basic understanding of what PHP is and how it can be useful in the development of their web projects. Students will be introduced to computer programming terms and processes. Students will learn to use PHP to connect and work with a MySQL database.

Students will also have a better understanding of the online resources available to them and how these resources can be used as they continue building their web development skills. 


Students should be familiar with using personal computers with a mouse and keyboard and possess basic typing skills. Students should be comfortable accessing information on the computer. Students should have a basic understanding of the HTML and CSS languages.


PHP for the Web Fifth Edition Larry Ullman

Course Outline

Introduction to PHP

  • A short history of PHP
  • What PHP is and what it is not
  • Requirements to run PHP
  • How PHP works
  • PHP editors
  • The basic PHP syntax
  • Adding PHP to your web page
  • Testing a PHP script
  • Using the PHP manual 

Basic PHP Programing through examples

  • Using Variables
  • Using Numbers
  • Using Strings
  • Conditional statements: if, else, elseif
  • Use of loops
  • What are arrays
  • PHP functions

Intro to Databases and the PHP connection

  • Connecting to MySQL
  • Error Handling
  • Creating tables
  • Inserting data to the database
  • Retrieving data from the database
  • Deleting and updating data 

A look at PHP in a WordPress site

  • The PHP templates
  • The PHP functions file

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