By Shayne Tilley

Learn PHP The Easy Way

By Shayne Tilley

With over 40,000 copies sold of the three previous editions, I’m very pleased to announce the latest title hot off the SitePoint production line:

Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL (4th Edition) — by Kevin Yank

One of the most popular PHP books for beginners, this shiny new 4th edition has been completely updated using only best-practice PHP.

In this book you’ll learn how to:

  • install PHP 5 and MySQL 5 on Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X
  • gain a thorough understanding of PHP syntax
  • master database design principles and SQL
  • build a working content management system
  • add, edit, and delete web content without using HTML
  • create an ecommerce shopping cart
  • utilize sessions and cookies to track site visitors
  • craft SEO-friendly and memorable URLs

And a whole lot more …

At around 480 pages, this book is an easy read. As you move through the book you’ll quickly notice that it’s written in a clear tutorial format that’s easy to understand, and illustrated with plenty of screenshots and diagrams, providing quick visual cues. If you hate wading through dry, academic-style “how to” texts, this book will be a breath of fresh air to you.

If you’ve never built a database driven web site and you’re looking to go beyond the limitations of a static site, this book will start you off in no time.

And if you have built database driven web sites before, the extensive PHP/MySQL reference guides included will ensure this book remains an extremely handy desk reference.

Check out the free sample chapters or order a copy today.

  • krdr

    What is difference between 3rd and 4th editions? Is it possible to order (like pdf) supplement for 3rd to 4th edition?

  • jonrawlins

    Could be interested in this book. I may get the initial pages to take a look at first, would you ship to the uk out of interest?

    Thanks in advance,

  • There’s only one man for Beginner of PHP and that’s Larry Ullman, one of his PHP books (yes he has many books, not only on PHP but on Ruby, Ajax, Adobe AIR etc) is similiar called PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide

    480 pages is hardly an easy read, 300 is an easy read!

    Where are Sitepoint books made? China? Australia?

  • After purchasing and reading through the 3rd edition I can confirm the book is a very easy read and was a great beginner book.

    I am interested in purchasing the 4th edition but not sure if enough content has been changed to warrant the purchase.

    Can anyone confirm?

  • @NetNerd85, they’re printed in the US and Canada.

  • @jonrawlins, yes we do ship to the UK

  • Dr-Net

    I have the 3rd addition but I am not sure they have special offer for those who bought the old books

  • @Dr-Net did you purchase the book direct from us? If so you should have received and email from me the day before we launched the book. Shoot an email to, we’ll organize something for you.

  • Dr-Net

    All my books I bought it directly from site point and I did not receive any email from

  • NTireMedia

    nice work keep it up

  • Gaurav Mishra

    Excellent book to read on !, However , I think most of the PHP developers used online blog posts or articles to learn most of the coding stuff !, I use Php Tutorial Blog (} a lot for learning new stuff

  • Gaurav Mishra

    One small headup !, There is no share on dzone button on the articles !, Is this article specific or sitepoint widely use this behavior

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