cta quote button US

3 Nifty Tips Tricks to Optimize Your PHP Code

Every once in a while it helps to visit your coding habits and see if there are areas that can be improved upon. For some programmers, this could mean a complete overhaul of their coding methods while for others it might just mean a few adjustments here and there. This article explains 3 easy to implement tips and tricks which can make your PHP code quite a bit more efficient.

  1. To Quote or to Double Quote

if_double_quote_serif_right_3005846Most programmers, especially beginners, use single quotes and double quotes interchangeably most of the time. For example, the following two PHP statements might be considered identical by some PHP programmers :

       i. echo ‘John Doe’;

       ii. echo “John Doe”;

Both these statements might be identical as far as the outputs (which would be John Doe in both cases) are concerned.

“There is, however, a significant difference in the way these two statements are processed. PHP processes and evaluates the contents enclosed by double quotes while it simple considers contents enclosed in single quotes as strings

  1. Increment/Decrement Variables Efficiently

if_Efficiently_2897394One of the most common programming statements includes incrementing/decrementing a variable by one. PHP provides two operators (++ and -) which do exactly this but can be used in a couple of different ways.

  1. Smart Hack To Check For Minimum String Lengths

if_files-folders-44_808617Most PHP scripts which validate user inputs often need to ascertain that a string has a minimum length before it is accepted. The common method of doing that is by using the function strlen($strvar) which returns the length of the string variable passed as a parameter to it.

The benefits of these three programming practices might not be obvious in a small script. However, when these issues are repeated over and over again in a larger application, every little optimization can make your code quicker. Not only will this reduce the burden on your server, it will also result in a much better user experience.

Need Inspiration? Check Out Some Related Projects and Tasks

Optimize A Website So Is Fast

We want a website to be fully optimized so the speed becomes an "A" scale in loading and performance. Please throw your bid on how much would you charge for the full project or in how many hours ... (United States)

CakePHP Expert To Speed Up Site Loading Pages

Looking for experienced CakePHP expert to speed up site loading pages. Currently load time is about 5 seconds for desktop and 11 second for mobile. Things to do: 1. Reduce server response time 2. ... (United States)

Need Website Accessibility Remediation For Deaf And Blind

Looking for experienced and affordable web developer(s) to "fix" website errors identified as a result of accessibility audits. Remediation objective is to optimize audited websites in terms of ... (United States Virgin Islands)

Wordpress Web Admin Support :: PHP Error Log Analyst & Issue

Looking for a server admin with Wordpress and PHO skillset which is able to analyze php error logs to assist to fix issues and to optimize website performance. In a second project (not approved yet) ... (United States)

These results are based on the freelance jobs extracted from Upwork.

If you think your friends/network would find this useful, please share it with them – We’d really appreciate it.

Leave a Comment

We would be glad to get your feedback. Take a moment to comment and tell us what you think.