9 Advanced PHP Hacks That Only Expert PHP Developers Know About

Sameer, one of our PHP developers, read a question on the PHP forum where a novice developer had asked advanced PHP tips to learn PHP web development.

To answer the question, Sameer has listed 9 useful advanced PHP tips and techniques that can be used to enhance and learn PHP code.

We thought to share it here on the blog as well.

Are you ready to explore it?



Level Up Your PHP Skills with These 9 PHP Techniques

  1. Php background process code


        $url = 'backgroundScript.php';
        $postfields = ['company_name' => "spaceo", 'developer_name' => "sameer"];
        $ch = curl_init($url);
        curl_setopt_array($ch, array(
            CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER => true,
            CURLOPT_NOSIGNAL => 1,
            CURLOPT_TIMEOUT_MS => 50,
            CURLOPT_VERBOSE => 1,
            CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS => http_build_query($postfields),
            CURLOPT_HEADER => 1,
            CURLOPT_FRESH_CONNECT => true,
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        header("Connection: close");
        // write your background execute code
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  2. Delete whole folder with it’s content

        $dir = 'put your folder url path here'; // ex: '../uploads/media/1
        if (is_dir($dir)) {
            array_map('unlink', glob($dir . '/*'));
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  3. Print debug log in particular location


        cloud_error_log('put your error result here'); // error result like text, array etc.
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        function cloud_error_log($errordata) {
            $handle = fopen('errorLogFile.txt', 'a+');
            $logtext = "******************" . date('d-m-Y h:i:s') . "******************\n\n";
            $logtext .= print_r($errordata, true);
            $logtext .= "\n\n**********************************************************\n\n";
            $errorlog = fwrite($handle, $logtext);
            chmod('errorLogFile.txt', 0777);
            return true;
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  5. Getting list of dates from day name of particular year and month

        function getMonthDatefromDay($month, $year, $searchdayname) {
            $start_date = "01-" . $month . "-" . $year;
            $start_time = strtotime($start_date);
            $end_time = strtotime("+1 month", $start_time);
            for ($i = $start_time; $i < $end_time; $i += 86400) {
                if (strtolower(date('D', $i)) == $searchdayname) {
                    $list[] = date('Y-m-d', $i);
            return $list;
        print_r(getMonthDatefromDay(09, 2016, 'mon'));
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  6. Encrypt and Decrypt password

    function encrypt_decrypt($string, $action = 'encrypt') {
        $encrypt_method = "AES-256-CBC";
        $secret_key = 'AA74CDCC2BBRT935136HH7B63C27'; // user define private key
        $secret_iv = '5fgf5HJ5g27'; // user define secret key
        $key = hash('sha256', $secret_key);
        $iv = substr(hash('sha256', $secret_iv), 0, 16); // sha256 is hash_hmac_algo
        if ($action == 'encrypt') {
            $output = openssl_encrypt($string, $encrypt_method, $key, 0, $iv);
            $output = base64_encode($output);
        } else if ($action == 'decrypt') {
            $output = openssl_decrypt(base64_decode($string), $encrypt_method, $key, 0, $iv);
        return $output;
    echo "Your Encrypted password is => " . $pwd = encrypt_decrypt('spaceo', 'encrypt');
    echo '<br/>';
    echo "Your Decrypted password is => " . encrypt_decrypt($pwd, 'decrypt');
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  7. Create random Unique Key

    echo md5(uniqid(time()));
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  8. Display users with suffix. (ex: Facebook users like 10K)

    function formatWithSuffix($input)
        $suffixes = array('', 'K', 'M', 'B', 'T');
        $suffixIndex = 0;
        while(abs($input) >= 1000 && $suffixIndex < sizeof($suffixes)) {
            $input /= 1000;
        return ($input > 0 ? floor($input * 1000) / 1000 : ceil($input * 1000) / 1000) . $suffixes[$suffixIndex];
    echo formatWithSuffix('10000');
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  9. Multiple array sorting

    $data = array[
        ['id' => 1, 'name' => 'sameer'],
        ['id' => 2, 'name' => 'yagnesh'],
        ['id' => 3, 'name' => 'chirag']
    foreach ($data as $key => $row) {
        $id[$key] = $row['id'];
        $name[$key] = $row['name'];
    array_multisort($id, SORT_DESC, $name, SORT_ASC, $data);
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  10. Get size of the specified URL or file

    echo filesize('test.txt');
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Plus, bonus tip:

Never use for($i=0; $i<count($arrayName); $i++){…} instead of this use $cnt = count($arrayName); for($i=0; $i<$cnt; $i++){…}.

In the above example, the first method will call count function on each iteration for loop, while in the second iteration, count function is being called only once.

Apart from these techniques you can become a better PHP developer by reading our post on useful PHP development tools for web developers.

Want to Become a PHP Expert?

Finally, mastering advanced PHP hacks is critical for anyone learning PHP and aspiring to work in the PHP development industry. You can use these hacks to add impressive functionality to your PHP projects, such as creating an event calendar with PHP. By constantly honing your PHP skills, you can become an invaluable member of any team and propel your PHP development career to new heights.

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Bhaval Patel

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Bhaval Patel is a Director (Operations) at Space-O Technologies. He has 20+ years of experience helping startups and enterprises with custom software solutions to drive maximum results. Under his leadership, Space-O has won the 8th GESIA annual award for being the best mobile app development company. So far, he has validated more than 300 app ideas and successfully delivered 100 custom solutions using the technologies, such as Swift, Kotlin, React Native, Flutter, PHP, RoR, IoT, AI, NFC, AR/VR, Blockchain, NFT, and more.