This is good to know if you need to setup a cron job which triggers a PHP file. Calling it from a web browser directly is not a problem, but if you have to call it from the command line or as a scheduled task you need to call it with
You can also use wget or cURL but that’s often not reliable.
If your PHP file gives you an output (usually to the browser screen), your server will send you an email. If you;d rather this didn’t happen, direct it to nowhere like so:
/usr/bin/php yourfile.php > /dev/null 2>&1