PHP and MySQL Web Development

PHP and MySQL Web Development

The Internet loves acronyms. HTTP, WWW, SEO, PHP, MySQL… the list goes on and on. Juggling all the acronyms can cause a real headache for those who aren’t in our industry, but don’t worry. We’re here to help.

Let’s start with the last two on that list. You might not know what “PHP and MySQL web development” means, but it’s nevertheless an essential ingredient in making your website a success.

PHP Defined

PHP is a scripting language, which is what we in the web development business use to create interactive websites with. It’s part of a website’s underlying code (i.e. the gobbledygook that’s invisible to regular people) and it tells your browser program how to display the website features & functions that you interact with.

You might be familiar with another scripting language called HTML. It’s the most common and basic kind of web language, but it’s also rather limited in what it can do. HTML is used to display simple content & informational pages. PHP is better suited for interactive websites, high-end web development and online application development. Need a website you can update yourself, for example? If so, you’ll likely need a system built on PHP rather than purely on HTML.

The cool thing about PHP is that it works alongside traditional HTML to create more robust websites. In the past, we used to embed our PHP scripts within normal HTML pages to enhance them with more advanced features. But now we build websites on a PHP framework from the very beginning, arming you with many more options and features than would be available with a HTML as a base. With that kind of PHP framework, the possibilities for your website become virtually endless.

MySQL Defined

Before we delve into a formal definition, you might want to know how the heck to pronounce MySQL. There are two ways, actually. The most literal locution is easy enough: “My S-Q-L.” But if you prefer a more conversational tone when talking technology, you can also say, “My Sequel.” We’ll know what you mean either way.

In simple terms, MySQL is a database management system. There are a lot of reasons to build databases as part of a website infrastructure. Email accounts, blogs and content management systems (CMS) are all great examples of highly desirable web assets that we create for our clients using MySQL-managed databases. PHP and MySQL work hand-in-hand to create rich internet applications.

Like PHP, MySQL is also an open-source technology, a fact that should inspire a lot of confidence for business owners.

Open-Source Benefits of PHP and MySQL Web Development

When software or other technologies are described as “open-source,” it generally means that their creators have chosen not to keep their coding a secret.

Whereas some programs you purchase will encrypt their source code to prevent replication or modification, open-source programs encourage users to utilize, scrutinize and customize the code (usually pursuant to a particular license agreement).

The benefits of using an open-source technology are numerous. Paramount among the advantages is reliability. Open-source coding has been checked and doubled checked by thousands or even millions of people around the world. Its intricacies have been tested and improved over the years, and if problems arise, they’re easy for third parties to remedy. You won’t have to wait for the original commercial vendor to sell you a new version just to fix a pesky bug, nor will you get stuck with a single vendor’s proprietary technology — a real advantage.

Popular Websites Using PHP and MySQL Web Development

Another advantage of using open-source technology? Keeping yourself in good company! At ClearTech Interactive, we construct most of our clients’ websites using PHP and MySQL… and we certainly aren’t alone in that! PHP and MySQL web development is actually the driving force behind many of the Internet’s most popular and successful sites, including ones you visit every single day.

Here’s a look at just a few of the popular web destinations that are constructed using PHP and MySQL web development:

  • Facebook
  • WordPress
  • Yahoo!
  • Flickr
  • Wikipedia

We also use PHP and MySQL for many of our web development clients as well as for our own site right here at!

Contact Us to Ask About PHP and MySQL Web Development

PHP and MySQL aren’t novice technologies, but in the hands of an expert, they can aid in the most sophisticated website development you can imagine.

At ClearTech Interactive, we have more than a decade of experience in PHP and MySQL web development. We specialize in using these tools to build complex and fully customized websites for clients all over the world.

Don’t settle for an underwhelming website. Let us flex our technological might on your business’ behalf. To find out more, just send us an email or call 727-562-5161 & Press 1 to speak with a PHP / MySQL Specialist.