A good place to start is by skimming through the ever-growing list of frequently asked questions (with answers, of course). Thenhave a look at the rest of the online manual and other resources in the documentation section.

Mailing Lists

There are a number of mailing lists devoted to talking about PHP and relatedprojects. This list describes them all, haslinks to searchable archives for all of the lists, and explains how tosubscribe to the lists.


The PHP language newsgroup is comp.lang.php, available on anynews server around the globe. In addition to this many of our mailinglists are also reflected onto the news server atnews:// Theserver also has a read only web interface at

Mailing list messages are transfered to newsgroup posts andnewsgroup posts are sent to the mailing lists. Please notethat these newsgroups are only available on this server.

User Groups

Chances are that there is a User Group in your neighborhood, which are generallya great resource both for beginners and experienced PHP users.Check out the User Group listing on to see if thereis one close by.

Events & Training

A list of upcoming events (such as user group meetings and PHP trainingsessions) is included in the right-hand column of the front page, andon the event calendar page. If you want to listan upcoming event, just fill out the form on this page.

Internet Relay Chat

Otherwise known as IRC. Here you can usually find experienced PHP people sitting around doing nothing on various channels with php in their names. Note that there is no official IRC channel. Check freenode or any other major network(EFNet,QuakeNet,IRCNet, IrCQNet,DALNet andOFTC). webmasters

If you have a problem or suggestion in connection with the PHP.netwebsite or mirror sites, pleasecontact the webmasters. If you have problems setting up PHPor using some functionality, please ask your question on a supportchannel detailed above, the webmasters will not answer any suchquestions.

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