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You are crying "HELP!!!" - but who can help you?
Keep cool - most of the questions and problems typically arising during a developer's working day have already been asked - and answered - some time ago. Sometimes even many times, and in 98% of all cases you can be sure that the answer to YOUR question already waits for you, you just have to know WHERE to look for it.
The following is a collection of the best information resources about PHP you can find in the Internet, check them out, you'll wonder what you are able to find there !

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PHP Mailing lists

Mailing lists are great information resources which allow you to share your experiences with others and ask questions yourself to hundreds of subscribers.
Mails with questions and answers are usually sent to a Mailinglist-Server which will distribute them to all subscribers worldwide. TRY IT OUT - it's a great help !

At e-mail subsriptions, please let the subject line empty and use only the first line of the message body.
Once you subscribed, most of the lists provide commands to retrieve past articles via the listserver. Beside that, some of the lists are archived by Reference.com - see description here or on my "Tips and Tricks" section.
At some of the mailing lists the correct subscribing-commands change from time to time - if one of them doesn't work, just try it again with the correct syntax which you'll receive from the mailing list server. Please don't forget to send me a short mail informing me about the correct syntax to give me a chance for correcting it on this page for other interested visitors.

  • The PHP versus ASP debate list Click on the link for detailled info and a subscription form.
  • French PHP User's Mailing List. Click on the link for detailled info and a subscription form.
  • German PHP User's Mailing List Click on the link for detailled info and a subscription form.
  • Hungarian PHP Mailing List Click on the link to send a subscription email.
  • Italian PHP User's Mailing List Click on the link to send a subscription email.
  • Portuguese PHP User's Mailing List Click on the link for detailled info and a subscription form.
  • Spanish PHP User's Mailing List Click on the link to send a subscription email.
  • Turkish PHP User's Mailing List Click on the link for detailled info and a subscription form.
  • Announcements of new PHP releases are sent to the announce list (which is a very low-volume, moderated list) [click to request a detailled help email]
  • The main list for PHP users is php-general (which is an unmoderated, high volume list, and is also available in a twice-daily digest). [click to request a detailled help email]
  • The list for discussing database topics is php-db (which is an unmoderated list and is also available in a twice-daily digest). [click to request a detailled help email]
  • The list for discussing installation issues and problems is php-install (which is an unmoderated list and is also available in a twice-daily digest). [click to request a detailled help email]
  • The list for discussing internationalization (i18n) and localization (l10n) issues and features is php-il8n (which is an unmoderated list and is also available in a twice-daily digest). [click to request a detailled help email]
  • The list for discussion migration from earlier versions of PHP is php-migration (which is an unmoderated list and is also available in a twice-daily digest). [click to request a detailled help email]
  • php-pear is a mailing list for those interested in PEAR, an open-source common code library for PHP (some people wanted to call it "PHP Foundation Classes"..). [click to request a detailled help email]
  • The list for Windows PHP users is php-windows (which is an unmoderated list and is also available in a twice-daily digest). [click to request a detailled help email]
  • The list for those who want to help out with the development of PHP is php-dev (which is an unmoderated, medium-volume list). [click to request a detailled help email]
  • The Knowledge Base list receives daily mailings that contain summaries of topics discussed on the user list, as well as other topics drawn from the Knowledge Base. More information about the Knowledge Base can be found at FAQts.com.
  • search other PHP Mailing lists [upd:10-Feb-01]
    ..this will bring up a quite long list containing other PHP-related mailing lists, partially in other languages than english, too. Click the links on the opened page for details.

Mailing list archives

For most of the above mailing / discussion lists, online archives can be found and searched!
(if you want to check for more mailing lists, check out my "Hot Links" Page, and click on "Internet" there, you'll find some "List of Lists" as well as some Search Engines for Mailing Lists there.)



PHP Newsgroups and forums

Online Discussion Forums


PHP-related Newsgroups and forums

Internet Newsgroups
If you have access to a news server that supplies you with these groups to access them, use your News Reader (Netscape News, M$ Internet News or Free Agent) to connect to them.


PHP IRC

  • Get help 24 hours a day for free for all kinds of PHP topics: use your IRC client to connect to an EFNet IRC server) and join one of these channels:
  • #php on Effnet
  • #php on OpenProjects


PHP Usergroups

There aren't really lots of PHP-related usergroups out there. In fact, most PHP questions seem to be handled during Linux usergroup meetings. However, if you know about a group not listed here, please keep me informed to give local PHP developers the chance to visit it!

Usergroups often provide useful support in your programming-efforts. Most of them also have regular meetings, provide newsletters, book reviews, resource databases or job offers.

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PHP Webrings


PHP Publications

In these magazines you can find hot informations concerning PHP and PHP-related programming questions. Try before you buy - many of the listed mags also provide informational and professional Online-issues:

  • Tip #1: the PHP-BOX's PHP News page lists a number of Online articles concerning PHP you might find of interest
  • Tip #2: at the "Helpful PHP Books" section of this website you can find a selection of popular PHP-related books.

Please send e-mail if any links are out of date or if you have suggestions!

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