For web developers looking for an easy programming language with a nominal learning curve, PHP is considered by many to be the easiest to use to create dynamic web pages. Popular websites including FaceBook, Digg.com, WordPress, several Google web services, and the early years of YouTube are each products of PHP.
PHP, or Hypertext Preprocessor, was introduced in 1994 as Personal Home Page as an adaptation from Perl and C programming languages. Although questions linger about potential security risks with PHP hosting, most developers argue new versions address such security issues and put their stock in PHP’s security and reliability advancements. Most current PHP hosting plans are affordable and use the LAMP (Linux OS, Apache server software, MySQL database and PHP/Perl programming language) infrastructure.