45 Must Read PHP Articles and Resources


Written By, Grace Smith is owner of the small but perfectly formed web design studio Postscript5, in Northern Ireland.

PHP is a scripting language that enables people to create dynamic web pages and applications. It is a server side language that is one of the most popular used by developers today. Like any language there is always something new to learn and master.

With a large number of web developers on Twitter, it’s with no surprise that PHP was chosen as this week’s Theme Thursday theme.

Whether it be a new tip to better organize your code or a way to speed up your scripts, this list hopes to be essential reading for both the PHP newbie and the the experienced developer.

For Beginners

  1. 25 Resources to Get You Started with PHP from Scratch
  2. PHP for Beginners: Building Your First Simple CMS
  3. Beginners PHP Tutorial – Using Cookies
  4. PHP for Beginners: Simple Login, Logout, and Session Handling
  5. Tutorial: Writing your first PHP script
  6. Video Tutorials To Start Learning PHP

Code Organisation

  1. 40 Tips for optimizing your PHP code
  2. 12 PHP optimization tips
  3. 5 Tips for Coding Cleaner PHP
  4. 50+ PHP optimisation tips revisited
  5. 63+ best practice to optimize PHP code performances
  6. Writing clean, secure and easy to maintain PHP code


  1. 10 Advanced PHP Tips To Improve Your Programming
  2. 10 Advanced PHP Tips Revisited


  1. 10 Principles of the PHP Masters
  2. 5 Helpful Tips for Creating Secure PHP Applications
  3. Custom PHP.ini tips and tricks
  4. 5 tips and tools to develop php applications fast
  5. Add Power to Your PHP With Multi-Tiered Applications
  6. Open-source PHP applications that changed the world
  7. Blueprint for PHP Applications: Cornerstone

Tips and Best Practices

  1. 15 Top PHP Coding Tutorials, Tips and Tricks
  2. Ten PHP Best Practices Tips that will get you a job
  3. Three Important Tips to Write PHP Code Defensively
  4. Five good programming habits in PHP
  5. Speeding up your PHP scripts
  6. 4 Fantastic PHP Output Buffering Tricks for Web Developers
  7. 16 great .htaccess Tricks and Hacks


  1. User Membership With PHP
  2. Screencast: Write a PHP script to query MySQL
  3. How To Write Your Own MySQL Class In PHP
  4. Creating a PHP5 Framework – Part 1
  5. Creating a PHP5 Framework – Part 2
  6. Reading RSS with PHP
  7. PHP For Designers


  1. Top 7 PHP Security Blunders
  2. Seven habits for writing secure PHP applications


  1. 16 PHP Frameworks To Consider For Your Next Project
  2. 20 Great PHP frameworks for developers

PHP Toolbox

  1. 20 Useful PHP Components & Tutorials for Everyday Project
  2. The PHP Toolbox: 20+ PHP Resources
  3. 50 Extremely Useful PHP Tools
  4. Best PHP Books for Learning PHP Development (with MySQL)

Were there any of your favourite PHP related resources that didn’t make the list? Then leave a comment with a link so we can check them out.

via 43 Must Read PHP Articles and Resources

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