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Getting started with PHP: User Defined Functions with Parameters

September 24, 2015

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Functions are the methods for performing specific tasks. These are called at specific events within the script. Technically, functions are the lines of code which enables you to call methods whenever required rather than writing the same lines again and again.

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Functions can be divided into 2 broad classes: Built-in and User-defined.

1. PHP Built-in Functions

PHP contains more than 1,000 built-in functions. We have already discussed a few basic PHP string functions in our last post.

2. User-defined Functions in PHP

User defined functions in PHP enable coders to create custom block of codes for specific events. Function declaration starts with the word function.


function functionname()
     Block of code;

Function name should start with a letter or underscore and it can never be a number. While declaring function, the best practice is to give a name which suggests the purpose of the function.


   function sum() //Declaring User Defined function
      echo $a;            
      sum();//Calling a function



PHP Function Arguments

Argument is like a variable. Information is sent through arguments. You can add as many arguments as you need by separating each with a comma by function. They are specified within the parenthesis inside the function name.


  function Number($Number)
     echo "Phone Number is $Number"."<br/>";


Phone Number is 123223
Phone Number is 234324
Phone Number is 345435

Passing More Than 1 Argument

You can pass more than 1 argument through a function. Consider the following example.


  function Number($firstname,$lastname)
    echo "Employee's full name is $firstname $lastname"."<br/>";


Employee’s full name is Alex Anderson
Employee’s full name is John Walker
Employee’s full name is David Clark

PHP Default Argument Value

When we pass variables as parameters in a function and we don’t specify the default argument value, then it takes the default value as argument.


 function setage($minage = 20) {
  echo "The height is : $minage <br>";
    setage(); // will use the default value of 20


The height is : 25
The height is : 20
The height is : 40
The height is : 60

Functions: Returning Values

A function may return values when we use it with return statement. Hence, it is more useful when making functions for calculations.


  function Multiplication($x, $y) 
     $z = $x * $y;
     return $z;
     echo "5 * 10 = " . Multiplication(5, 10) . "<br>";
     echo "7 * 13 = " . Multiplication(7, 13) . "<br>";
     echo "2 * 4 = " . Multiplication(2, 4);



Hence, we have discussed here the concept of user-defined functions in PHP. If you have any suggestions regarding our “Getting Started with PHP” series, do let me in the comments section below. Plus, feel free to check Cloudways PHP Cloud Platform for your PHP app deployments.

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Ahmed Khan

Ahmed was a PHP community expert at Cloudways - A Managed PHP Hosting Cloud Platform. He is a software engineer with extensive knowledge in PHP and SEO. He loves watching Game of Thrones is his free time. Follow Ahmed on Twitter to stay updated with his works. You can email him at

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