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    Arrow PHP Hosting

    I've been reading about PHP for a few months and have a few books on the subject.
    I've also been programming a messenger program with VB6.
    What I want do now though is use PHP to put a registration form where you can sign-up for a username with password and E-Mail and the like... I have one problem.

    My webspace that I use already was given to me by a friend of a friend, and I don't have PHP enabled.

    I tried to sign-up for a spaceports account that's supposedly PHP enabled, but they E-Mailed me telling me that I can't use it yet.

    Simple question is whether anyone knows somewhere I can get free PHP hosting so I can experiment.
    Yes, it has to be FREE, I cannot afford to pay for hosting.

    Thanx if anyone can help.

    Peace \/
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    First of all how dare you use a member name similar to mine.

    To experiment/develop with PHP you can just set up your own PC to run your PHP stuff. Firepages my fellow mod developed an easy to install package containing apache, php engine, mySQL, phpMyAdmin, etc for developing and testing PHP scripts on your own machine. Just go to the site listed in his profile and download phpdev4 and if you have questions regarding it just ask them here.
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    try this for looking for hosts, some of them work some dont.
    http://directory.google.com/Top/Comp...ectories/?tc=1
    happy hunting!
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    phpdev4

    That's the file I tried to download earlier but it was a dead link

    will try again later, thanx for that

    Peace \/
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    I know of a free PHP server.

    It is: http://tripod.lycos.co.uk/
    Thel allow: PHP, and gie 50 megs of space w/unlimited bandwidth. The domain would end up as http://tripod.lycos.co.uk/username but you can get a FREE somain name at www.cjb.net making your domain http://username.cjb.net

    Hope that helps

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    Cool You can't afford $10 per month?

    That's all my web hosting plan costs, with PHP 4.0 and MySQL.

    Otherwise, you can buy the Julie Melonie book for a one-time cost of about $30. The CD contains PHP, Apache Web Server, and MySQL, so you can set up your own PC as a server.

    Either way, you get what you pay for.

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    dont buy a book! no need, just downlaod all of the above (apache, php, mysql) install them and go and get some tutorials off the net!
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    I pay 12 squid a year (...or pounds, call it what you will) which is roughly $19. And in return I get this:

    http://www.34sp.com/hostingfeatures.html.

    Of course if you want to just learn PHP there's no point in worrying about paying for it.

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    Originally posted by whackaxe
    dont buy a book! no need, just downlaod all of the above (apache, php, mysql) install them and go and get some tutorials off the net!
    Yes, and try learning any computer language that way! Unless you are a genius, who needs no outside help, then a good book beats slugging it out in the "fly by the seat of my pants" anyday, IMHO.

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    dont buy a book! no need, just downlaod all of the above (apache, php, mysql) install them and go and get some tutorials off the net!
    That's why you got php, c++, html, javascript + css + dhtml books in your room
    I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every single minute of it!

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    Hum.. I am learning ASP, and I had a problem finding a host that worked well, and could let me do what ever I wanted almost.

    I couldn't find one like that, and seeing how I am the only one that will see my work I figured I could put a server on my own computer and run it.

    I think for a newbie such as yourself, it's a good idea to do this. Unless you feel you wont want to continue to learn php in the future, and this might just be a faze. :P

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    That's why you got php, c++, html, javascript + css + dhtml books in your room
    they are a good reference but for learning they arent very usefull (especially if yitsthe first language you learn )
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    Getting a book is definately the better option... I find it's best to get a book to start you off with and then when you've got a little bit of knowledge and can write a few basic scripts practice will make you perfect and you'll start picking up knowledge as you go.

    www.php.net is a great reference point - but it isn't much good for getting started. The webmonkey tutorials on PHP (at www.webmonkey.com surprisingly enough) are a good start if you want to learn online, but will never be as comprehensive as a good book.

    If you're interested the book I used to learn was 'Learn PHP in 24 hours' or some other faintly optimistic title (it's by SAM I think). It was actually quite good for getting going, covered all sorts of topics, from dynamic image creation to session management, and was clearly explained.

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    http://www.deluxnetwork.com/ looks decent.

    Also, www.aventurehosting.co.uk is really cheap at just 25 bucks a year! A YEAR! I'm actually considering buying some space there, but it doesn't offer exactly what I'm after in the normal package. But it should be fine for what you're doing
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