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How Do I Choose the Best Online PHP Classes?

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  • Written By: Page Coleman
  • Edited By: Shereen Skola
  • Last Modified Date: 09 April 2019
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When choosing the best online Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) classes for you, there are a number of factors to consider, including your specific personal education goals. Another consideration may be your schedule and your budget. You may find that you can benefit from gaining certification or specializing in advanced topics offered as online PHP classes. Software and hardware requirements may also be factors when making your choice.

If you are currently a college student, you may wish to take accredited online PHP classes that will apply to your degree. When you are already a web programmer or web designer, and wish to develop new skills, you can look for courses that will build upon your current knowledge. Depending on your employer’s educational reimbursement policies, you may find that you need to take courses that are accredited. If you are a hobbyist web developer, however, you may be able to take advantage of inexpensive, non-accredited online courses.

You may also wish to take particular topics that may help you develop needed skills. For example, taking an online class such as PHP security may be particularly helpful if you’d like to work on websites for which security is especially important. Further education online that you may wish to consider includes learning about SQL databases, which are frequently used along with PHP programming.

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A strong portfolio may be more important than formal education, so you may want to consider online PHP classes that will help you build a portfolio as you learn. Depending on your career goals, however, you may choose to seek certification as additional proof of your competence in this field. In this case, you may wish to look for online training that leads to certification.

You may also wish to check the start and end dates for the online php classes to ensure that your schedule won’t conflict. Many online classes offer flexibility in scheduling, which can be a significant advantage to working adults. Though you may save commuting time compared to an onsite class, you may still need to schedule time for study and complete the work in a timely manner.

The cost of online PHP classes may be important for many students, especially those who pay for their own training. Along with the cost of the class, check to see if you’ll need to buy books or if you’ll be responsible for other fees. Other factor may influence your choice is the software and hardware needed for the class. Although much of the software is likely to open source, and therefore free, it may have hardware requirements that you’ll want to ensure your system meets.

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