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PHP programming classes are available through online and traditional on-campus certificate and undergraduate degree programs in computer programming, information technology, and Web design. PHP courses in such programs may either be part of the required coursework or be offered as electives. In addition, some certificate programs with a PHP specialization exist. The certificate programs available tend to include coursework mainly in the area of programming or Web design. Associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs provide students with additional skills in systems analysis, network management, database management and operating systems.

Here are some of the core concepts you’ll learn while studying PHP programming:

  • HTML
  • Website design
  • PHP
  • Web application programming
  • Debugging techniques
  • Website optimization

List of Classes

HTML Coding Course

Before taking programming courses, students must be able to effectively use Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). This course covers the basics of using HTML coding for webpage creation, design, and maintenance. Students learn commands and begin integrating color, images and links. They also learn how to format a webpage so it is functional and user-friendly. Coursework usually includes creating a simple webpage.

Introduction to Web Programming Course

Students in this class learn the basics of Web programming, such as Web design syntax and the common data types used in all Web programming languages. The basics of PHP are often introduced along with other programming languages. The coursework often requires students to write basic code and use it to create a simple webpage or Web application that is functional and professional. They learn to integrate other elements into the site, such as content management systems.

Introduction to PHP Course

This class requires students to have knowledge of HTML. Students are introduced to the terminology and programming concepts of Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) and how it’s used to create websites for large amounts of data, such as online shopping sites. The skills taught in this class include embedding PHP code, writing text files and developing basic programming techniques used in Web applications. Students may be required to create simple websites or Web applications using PHP.

PHP Programming Course

Students in this class build on the skills acquired in HTML, Web programming, and introductory PHP courses. Most PHP programming courses require students to create images and use color to design their own interactive site using standard and custom PHP programming codes. They learn how to test the functionality of the site, check for problems and debug any issues. Students also learn how to improve site accessibility and manage the flow of information to keep the site from crashing. This course also includes information about password-protecting sites so only authorized users can access them.

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