Where the PHP Name Came From

By Deane Barker on July 20, 2007

How the PHP acronym was reborn: Interesting post from one of the old-school PHP guys about ho the language came to be called “PHP”. There really wasn’t much rhyme or reason to it. This is a quote from Rasmus back in 1998:

… I think I would prefer to just call it PHP and leave it up to the users to assign a meaning to the acronym. People Hate Programming, People Hate Perl, Please Hold Parties, Pretty HTML Programs, Perfect HTML Pages, Putrid Hateful Puke… whatever



  1. Just to be clear, the name always had PHP in it but the meaning behind the acronym changed over time. About three times from 1995-1998. The current meaning has remained…

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