Tools to Get Started [#4] Code Dynamic Websites with PHP

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Lecture 4: Tools to Get Started

As I mentioned before, because PHP is a “server-side programming language” it requires a server in order to run. Now, I don’t mean a physical server that costs thousands of dollars and takes up an entire closet — I mean a virtual server that can run on your computer. The great thing about this is that there are a number of great free options out there.

Local Servers

(Mac) MAMP (

Code Editors (affiliate links)

Coda 2 for Mac (
Notepad++ (
Sublime Text (
Espresso (
TextWrangler (
BBEdit (
Textastic (

Domain Names & Web Hosting
Justhost (

Learning HTML & CSS

Build a Website from Scratch with HTML & CSS” (

Thanks for hanging in there! Next up, we’re diving into PHP basics!


Brad Hussey

  • Raul Zuniga
    Posted at 00:59h, 21 July

    Since I'm a Windows user may I offer this suggestion, PHPStorm from  If you are a student you can apply for an academic license for $29.  It's a full-blown IDE like CODA 2.  I've used their Intellij for Java, Pycharm for Python and Webstorm for HMTL5/CSS3/Javascript and they are fantastic!

  • Jomar Caracuel
    Posted at 01:02h, 02 October

    Brad, Is Coda 2 available for Windows???

  • NewVidDotCo
    Posted at 04:42h, 13 December

    Thanks Bro!!!

  • killerchief82
    Posted at 01:17h, 14 January


  • Mike Deluxy
    Posted at 16:18h, 01 February

    I purchased Coda2 officially so I can follow your course and have an apples to apples development experience. However; I use a variety of editors though.   This includes Komodo, Sublime, Brackets, and Pycharm.  My preferred full IDE is Komodo IDE, but I can use the Pycharm IDE as well.

    Obviously; I use Python centric IDE's so thats why I lean heavily towards Komodo which has native support for Python legacy, and Python new.

    By the way; what plugins are you using for Coda2?

  • nkosinathi guyborn maphanga
    Posted at 23:48h, 14 February

    Download atom its a free text editor from github, its boss.

  • Alex Fili
    Posted at 22:46h, 23 March

    For text editors ,Brackets is also very nice.

  • Cesar Sanchez
    Posted at 01:37h, 12 November

    Best Editor is Brackets 1.7(Current Version)

  • Yeasir Arnab
    Posted at 13:00h, 13 April

    I couldnt find course files in dropbox.. pls help me.. 🙁

  • Professornee E
    Posted at 07:17h, 14 April

    XAMPP is also rly good. (X=Stands for all operating systems[mac,win,Ubuntu] A=Apache P=Pearl and PHP) 🙂

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