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What is Server Side Scripting?

Best PHP Web Hosting often gets asked what is server side scripting. This article will answer some common questions involving server side scripting including the pros and cons of server side scripting and the different types of server side scripting.

Server side scripting is simply a tool in creating dynamic web pages by running script on the web server. Server side scripting is most commonly used on websites that feature interactive components with the viewers. Some people confuse server side scripting with client side scripting. In actuality, those two types of scripting are not the same. Client side scripting allows the scripts to be viewed over the web browser with the assistance of a third party program similar to JavaScript.

There are several great features when it comes to server side scripting. One of the biggest benefits of using server side scripting is the ability for the webmaster to customize the response based on the viewer's needs, requirements, or access rights. In addition, the viewers have their choice of programs to use when trying to receive data that was formatted in common manners similar to HTTP or FTP protocols. Where as, client side scripting comes in handy when the webmaster has created a site that has complex applications and the webmaster has written their own protocol to read the data.

Some of the most common used server side scripting languages are PHP, Java, Perl, ASP, ColdFusion Markup Language, and Python. For more information on PHP see our what is PHP article. Perl is an all purpose computer programming language that was developed to manipulate the text but now used for all sorts of applications including network programming, web development, and system administration tasks. Active Server Pages, ASP, was originally created by Microsoft as an application that integrated web applications directly onto the server. ColdFusion Markup Language, CFML, is a versatile tag based scripting language that is very easy to use and easy to understand. CFML tags are very similar to HTML tags. Python started out as a program language that could handle and interface with the Amoeba operating system. It has since developed into a program that can support Unicode.

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