If you've been looking for a way to make your website more interactive, utilizing PHP is definitely the right choice. PHP is a scripting language and/or programming language that is used to build interactive websites. By interactive, I'm referring to sites that allow things like user submitted content. This is just one of many examples in which PHP can be used to enhance your website. The only problem is that many people are reluctant to start using it because they don't understand it. If you currently feel this way, don't worry! It's very easy to learn and use. With that said, let's get into some basics. First of all, PHP is a free and open source program that can be installed on your server. This is great for those of us who don't have a ton of money to spend on web development. Also, just because it's free doesn't mean that the big dogs don't use it. A vast majority of the big, interactive websites out there like Squidoo, Wikipedia and Blogger use PHP in some fashion. If you're worried about how difficult you think it's going to be to learn a new scripting language, you shouldn't be. I have to admit that I was reluctant to start using PHP simply because I thought it would take me forever to learn it. However, it's actually quite easy to learn and there are tons of tutorials and examples all over the web on how to use it. One of the best places to start learning PHP (or any other web language) is W3schools. Their site provides tons of introductory tutorials on things like PHP, CSS, HTML and many others. For those of you who are novice web designers this is a great place to start learning new languages and to brush up on your skills. One of the other things that's really great is how stable PHP is. This is especially important if you're running a high traffic website that needs to operate smoothly at all times. PHP rarely causes any serious problems and it performs well under high-stress conditions such as when you get a sudden flood of traffic. On top of that, it is also cross-platform compatible. For example, I'm using a Linux server to run all of my PHP, but I could just as easily move to a Windows server and continue using the same code. The benefits I've listed so far are all great, but you should also watch the video below to learn about a couple more. If you're not convinced yet, try going out and searching for some PHP examples to see just how easy it can be. It's not something you're going to learn overnight, but it definitely won't take you years, or even months, to learn it. Hope this article has helped some of you who are on the fence about using PHP!