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What is PHP?

PHP is a widely-used Open Source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.
PHP is becoming more and more popular, being very simple, it's very attractive for beginners. At the same time, with many features it offers, PHP remains extremely appealing for professional web developers. See the Netcraft Survey for PHP usage in 2004.
AlterHosting company uses PHP and multiple related features (zend, sablotorn, xml, mysql etc) to power site, Administrative zone and Customers area. That's why we know how many advantages PHP and related technologies offer to you and your business and we can help you benefit these advantages.

What can PHP do?

Anything. The main area PHP is used is server scripting. So you can do anything any other CGI program can do, for example collecting form data, generating dynamic page content, or sending and receiving cookies etc. You can read more what PHP can do on site.

Why PHP is so popular?

  • Because PHP code is executed on the server side, your client will receive the result of running php script though will never know what code underlines it.
  • It's simple for newcomers and you can start writing simple sctipts in few hors after reading PHP introductory tutorial.
  • PHP can be used on all major operating systems, including Linux.
  • PHP supports many databases, among them being MySQL, PosgreSQL etc.
  • PHP is extremely popular for text processing features, from the POSIX Extended or Perl regular expressions to parsing XML documents.

PHP features supported by AlterHosting

PHP Hosting with AlterHosting

AlterHosting supports almost all PHP features the most demanding web developer may need. You can contact us for phpinfo() to get full info. Among the most important PHP features supported by AlterHosting are the following:

  • Zend
  • Zend optimizer
  • Zend engine
  • PEAR
  • Sablotron
  • XML Parser Functions
  • XSLT Functions
  • Image Functions (gd library)
  • Apache-specific Functions
  • MySQL Functions
  • CURL, Client URL Library Functions
  • Gettext
  • OpenSSL Functions
  • PostgreSQL Functions

Please, contact for phpinfo() to get complete details.

PHP Features reference

Zend Engine

Zend Engine - is the core scripting engine of PHP, plus many additional development features. This highly optimized scripting engine made PHP the most popular language for dynamic web site development. You can find more information and supporting materials on site.

Zend optimizer

Zend optimizer - is a free application that runs the files encoded by the Zend Encoder and Zend SafeGuard Suite, while enhancing the running speed of PHP applications. For more information and user guide, visit site.


PEAR is short for PHP Extension and Application Repository. PEAR is a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components. These PHP components are called Packages. The complete list of PEAR packages can be found here. Please contact to find out whether the package you need is installed on AlterHosting Servers. If not yet, we'll install the package you need FREE.

MySQL functions

MySQL functions allow you to access MySQL database servers. MySQL database server is the world's most popular open source database. It's an attractive alternative to higher-cost, more complex database technology. Over five million installations use MySQL for high-volume Web sites and other critical business systems. AlterHosting company uses MySQL to power AlterHosting Site, Administrative and Customers Areas. So, make it the right choice for you! Check for latest news and complete documentation.

PostgreSQL functions

PostgreSQL database is Open Source product and available without cost. It's famous for its legendary reliability and stability. Being designed for high volume environments it offers many advantages to your company. More information about PostgreSQL is available at

The complete list of PHP functions and functions reference is available at PHP.NET. Most functions are supported by AlterHosting. If some particular feature is not yet supported, we'll install it FREE upon your request. Please, contact for more details.

Presale FAQ

Q: What PHP version does AlterHosting presently support?

A: AlterHosting supports the latest stable version of PHP. Contact us to get php features details and phpinfo(). New PHP features are added per customers request FREE.

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