Best Learning Resources for PHP Developers

What are the Best Learning Resources for PHP Developers ?

If you are a web developer, either you have just started learning PHP or you are an experienced PHP developer. You must know about these learning resources for PHP development because they are one of the best on the web.

What is PHP?


PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely used open source server side scripting language that is best for web development and can be easily embedded into HTML.

Where we use PHP?

There is likely a whole range of uses that PHP gets applied to, such as sysadmin tools, online reports (data extracted from company databases), publishing company documents, broadcasting internal news, as the front end to many CRM systems, online groupware tools  and a lot more.

It powers majority of websites today including large brands such as Facebook, Flickr, WordPress (most popular CMS), Wikipedia and Tumblr.

PHP Manual

The most important and best resource to consider for learning PHP is its official manual website.

This manual is maintained and contributed by hundreds of PHP developers from around the web. You can download this manual in several formats from here.

PHP Learning Websites

  1. is one of the best learning resource for PHP developers. It has lessons for other programming languages as well. If you are new to PHP, I recommend to start learning from this great website.
  2. Code Tuts is owned by Envato Tuts+. It has tutorials for various programming languages created by experts in those languages. I definitely recommend this website to start learning PHP.
  3. Site Point is another great resource for learning PHP and enhancing your web development skills.
  4. Codexworld, here you can find many helping resources on PHP, MySQL, jQuery, WordPress, Drupal, CodeIgniter, CakePHP, and many more web technologies. Also, the live demo and download source code features will help more for PHP programming.
  5. Zend Developer Zone, learn from the best minds in the industry on Dev Zone which has great advice and tips on how to succeed with your PHP coding.
  6. Code of a ninja is a PHP and Web Programming blog.
  7. PHP Developers Zone, you can learn about different PHP frameworks  from this website.
  8. PHP Classes is a PHP classes repository website where you can find many great PHP classes code created for different purposes. For example, if you want to Read Excel File data using PHP, then you can download this PHP class. This site  has hundreds of great PHP classes to help achieve different things for your PHP projects.

Popular Authors

  1. Anthony Ferrara, is really an expert in PHP, you can learn a lot from him.
  2. Alejandro Gervasio, is an author at SitePoint who has more than 12 years of experience in PHP development.
  3. Rob Allen, teaches the development of software in the real world.
  4. Nikic Popov, is a software developer at JetBrains on the PhpStorm team. He has contributed to the PHP and LLVM projects and maintain a number of open-source PHP libraries.

PHP Forums and Communities

  1. is a great blessing for the developers community. Even it has many communities for numerous fields of life. It is a platform where we can get help for our PHP problems from the professionals from around the world.
  2. PHP - a group on facebook is one of the largest PHP community group. I have been member of some other PHP groups on facebook, but this group is the best for learning PHP and getting help from experts.
  3. PHP UserGroup is an international meeting-point for the PHP community. This website provides you with a possibility to see which Usergroups are available in your area as well as contact informations for each of these Usergroups.
  4. Larachat is a really big Laravel community.
  5. PHP Development Community is a slack powered community for PHP developers to share knowledge. It’s really an enthusiastic and honest community.
  6. is another great platform to find help for your programming problems for PHP.

Long Live PHP... Happy Learning!!!

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Haroon Ejaz

A Software Engineer, primarily focusing on PHP development with over 3 years experience and a Bachelors degree in Information Technology.

26 thoughts on “Best Learning Resources for PHP Developers

  • May 24, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    This is definitely pretty useful for new starters!

  • May 11, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for bringing PHP resources guide in one place this helps a lot who to want learn PHP.

  • May 11, 2019 at 8:48 am

    i love wordpress but never tried to learn PHP, Thankyou for this article.
    – Rahul (BloggingPal)

  • May 9, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Useful article for those who aspire for the development field.

  • May 9, 2019 at 3:20 am

    cool information about using php for editing

  • May 8, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Good job Bro, very nice sharing , keep it up 👍👍

    • May 9, 2019 at 4:20 am

      Thank you 🙂 It felt great to see your comment!

  • May 6, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I edit HTML code with the help of Google. Wasn’t aware much about php (in depth!) until I came through this post! Great job.

  • May 5, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I know very little about coding. I think it’s such an impressive skill. I wish I had learned more about it when I was younger.

  • May 5, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I have heard of PHP and have faced to code this. But this is a handy guide about PHP that even I learned some things!

  • May 5, 2019 at 4:37 pm

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  • May 5, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you for the info. It’s the first time I heard this one. 🙂

  • May 5, 2019 at 8:59 am

    I need to refresh my PHP skills. Thank you for this list of sites , especially Authors. It will be useful for me to learn again.

  • May 4, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the information. I didn’t know what php was till now.

  • May 4, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    It,s all new to me but it is a very informative article.

  • May 4, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Had no clue about PHP until I read this. Thanks for the heads up! Keep us posted for more!

  • May 3, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Development is very complex. Thank you for sharing some great information and resources.

  • May 3, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Ah, this is super useful information. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • May 3, 2019 at 7:02 pm

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