Most web hosts include PHP in their hosting packages, or can do so on request at minimal or no cost. Alternatively, the CD that accompanies this book contains everything required to set up a web serving environment on your own computer. This package is called XAMPP, and it contains everything you need to develop fully functional, interactive websites like those described in this book, ready to be deployed to a web-based server at a later date if you so choose. Look out for the boxes marked “On the CD” as you work through the book.
Over the last decade or so, the World Wide Web has grown in scope from being a relatively simple information repository to becoming the first stop for many people when seeking entertainment, education, news, or business resources. Websites themselves need no longer be limited to a number of static pages containing text and perhaps simple images; the tools now available allow the development of highly interactive and engaging pages involving animations, visual effects, context-sensitive content, embedded productivity tools, and much more.
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