- Get an IRC client. I recommend Hexchat. Any IRC client will do. You can even use freenode webchat, if you don't want to install one.
- Connect to freenode. If you're using HexChat, just type
/server freenodeand it should connect you.
##phpchannel requires you to be identified to NickServ to join. To register your nickname, type the following command:
/msg nickserv register Y0uR-Str0nG-P@SsW0rd email@example.com
Check your email inbox (spam/junk too) and verify the account by executing the command in the email.
To join the ##php channel, simply type the following command: