Today, websites have become an integral marketing tool for businesses or organizations to endorse their product or services they offer. However, developing an appealing and functional website is all depended on the website developer and graphic designers associated with it. Web site developers have to deal with plenty of website development issues, specifically when they use PHP for developing the website, in order to develop an effective and errorless website.
However, many amateur PHP web developers often make various PHP programming mistakes while developing any website, which at the end result into the disaster. Let’s have a look at some of the most common PHP web programming mistakes committed by PHP web developers.
• One of the most common programming mistakes is to forget the opening or closing parentheses within the code. Many developers often forget to include opening or closing parentheses while writing code for the website they are developing, which at the end result in a parsing error. But, the error becomes difficult to identify when developers forget including parentheses in more than one statement within the code.
For newbie developers, I will suggest them to use appropriate spacing between the codes as it will make it easy for them to identify the mistake.
• Many PHP developers often declare functions and classes more than once within the code, which at the end affect the performance of the website or application they are developing. So, to get rid of such performance issues, make a habit of using require_once() within the script, which allows declaration of the function or class only one time.
• Not using the appropriate variable name! Not using a correct variable name or the inappropriate variable name is one of the most common programming mistakes newbie developers make. However, such mistakes are overlooked in PHP programming as it doesn’t show any warnings for uninitialized variables. But, for best programming practices, PHP developers should always try to use the correct variable name.
• Using access modifiers while declaring classes! In PHP language, all the classes are public, so developers don’t need to declare them as private, public or protected. However, many newbie developers often use access modifiers while declaring classes, which results in an error. So, always avoid using access modifiers while declaring classes.
Apart from all these, developers often forget using strip slashes functions, forget to validate the inputs, never use functions to make multiple changes and make lots of other mistakes. So, if you are getting into PHP web development, then make sure you never commit such PHP programming mistake in order to develop an effective and functional website.