How PHP Application Development is Helpful to Us?

PHP development is a general purpose scripting language widely used in web development application. It can be easily embedded into HTML also. Worldwide you would find many people knowing the PHP language but among them only few have the ability to handle the project effectively.

PHP gives support to different databases including the popular ones like MySQL, Oracle, Informix, Sybase, Solid, Generic ODBC, PostgreSQL, etc. The best thing about PHP is that as per ones requirements its functionality can be changed. In addition to this easily one can develop complex websites also. Beside the development of websites, PHP has been used for developing enterprising solutions like e shopping carts with CMS, CRM Solutions, web calendars for communities, etc. It has also been used for open source software integration like OsCommerce, Drupal, Joomla, Typo3, Simple Machine Forum, vBulletin, phpAdsNew, phpBB Eventum, and others. Seeing the benefits and areas of application, PHP has become a globally accepted scripting language. Among so many software languages, it stands on the forth position.

If you are looking for team of PHP developers India who are well equipped with the knowledge of PHP web development, then look out for company that specializes in PHP application development. PHP development in India too, has caught the attention of many. Seeing its importance many companies now outsource PHP programmers. You can hire one of those or company that has carved a niche for it in open source development India.

PHP developers in India have served clients from various industries including the popular ones like Retail, Telecom, Travel, and others. Seeing the importance many PHP India developers have started using this technology as an alternative of ASP.NET Programming, ASP Programming, and Coldfusion Development.

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What You Need To Know When Hiring Your Website Developer

I know many coaches and practitioners who had bad experience when they work with some “web guy” to develop their websites. Most of the frustrations evolve around taking much longer than initially estimated, being charged way more than the initial quote, certain functionalities not working as expected (and not being fixed without further charges), or the developer holding the clients “hostage” by not giving them access or showing them how to use the website editing tools. I even know a person who, after sinking thousands of dollars, walked away with a half-finished website that she has to keep building on her own.

This is absolutely not to say that all website developers are bad people – there are of course awesome ones out there! I was very happy with my own experience – this website was set up for less than $200 – on time, on budget, no glitches. But you can’t just grab a web dude and hope for the best. You need to know what to ask, what to look for and also TAKE RESPONSIBILITY to educate yourself so you can ensure smooth communication.

Here are a few things you can do to increase the chances of having satisfactory experience and results when you work with someone to build your website (I worked as a web project manager for 10 years so trust that I know a thing or two… I can’t code my way out of a wet paper bag but I can sniff developer BS from miles away):

  1. Start SMALL – if possible, you can ask a few candidates to work on some small tasks and see who is on-time, on-budget and responsive. Then based on the experience (and the vibe) select “the” one to do your big project.
  2. Pay attention to the SCOPE – if your scope is “time & materials” – i.e. you are charged by the hour – you may want to set a cap on how much you want to spend before the project begins. Have the web guy do some periodic reporting and ask that you be alerted if you are likely to go over budget so you can prioritize your tasks and get the mission-critical stuff done (the very least, you have the basics to launch). If your scope is “fixed fee” – i.e. you are charged a flat fee for a fixed set of deliverables – review the scope carefully to make sure that everything you need to get the site to launch is covered, and you will get the support you need post-launch.
  3. Clarify OWNERSHIP and access – not common these days, but I have heard stories of developers retaining ownership of the site and withholding access so every time the client needs to change something they need to pay for the work. To make sure you are not held “hostage”, or have to pay another fee to “buy” your site back, it’s best to get clear on ownership.
  4. Make sure site is MOBILE RESPONSIVE – most WordPress themes are mobile responsive, but again, it pays to be sure because more and more people are using mobile devices to access content online.
  5. Know how much TESTING (or QA) support you get – ask about the extent of testing. E.g. Is he going to do cross-browser testing? Is he going to test the site on mobile devices? Is he going to test all the functionalities (e.g. newsletter sign up, shopping cart)? Although there is much less cross-browser incompatibility with the widespread use of WordPress, you do need to pay attention to any customization – e.g. I know someone who had her site redesigned – it looks gorgeous on the computer, but when it’s viewed on the iPad, the free gift sign up field is smacked right over her face on the masthead banner!
  6. Get a 30-Day GUARANTEE – glitches get uncovered when you actually use the site! Your web guy should stand by his work and guarantee to fix bugs within a reasonable amount of time.
  7. Ask for a backend WALKTHROUGH – you want to be able to make changes and edit your own website. You don’t want to be held hostage every time you need to add or change any content. It is not just a matter of money – you will feel empowered and you are more nimble in your content creation and marketing.
  8. Be ASSERTIVE, ask QUESTIONS – don’t assume you are “dumb”… a lot of tech guys use terms that we normal people don’t use and when you don’t understand something, ask for an explanation in plain English!
  9. EDUCATE yourself on the basics – you don’t have to know how to code, but understanding the basics, knowing what to ask and using the correct terminologies can help facilitate the process. There will be fewer chances of miscommunication – which can lead to your web guy building something totally different that what you think you are getting, wasting precious time and money. I also find that developers show you more respect and are less likely to give you BS if you know what you are talking about.

If you use WordPress, codeable.io is a great resource where you can find coders who are experts in WordPress. You post your task, set your budget, and they will bid on the project. I love it for small projects and quick fixes.

* here is what that asterisk by the “be assertive, ask questions” about:

Even if some people *know* they need to be assertive and thorough, they don’t do it and then later hit themselves on their heads. Why? Something is causing this self-defeating behavior and this thing is called “primary fear”:

  • The fear of INADEQUACY – if you feel like you are not good enough, you don’t have the confidence to challenge others. You may not want to ask questions because it may reaffirm your limiting belief that you don’t know enough.
  • The fear of being VULNERABLE – if you don’t want to appear vulnerable, you may “puff up” and appear that you know. You don’t want to ask questions that make you appear that you are not knowledgeable.
  • The fear of MISSING OUT – if you are afraid that if you don’t “act now” and get it now you may miss out on something – and this fear drives you to make hasty decisions before you have all the facts.

Top 10 Web Design Mistakes and What to Avoid

1. Advertising

Everyone wants to make money online and there is nothing wrong with that. It is how you do it is what matters. If you want to make money with your site you need to consider your audience. If your audience is at a computer site, don’t make the mistake of putting up a credit card or dating banner on the side. They have nothing to do with your content. If you want to advertise something and get a higher conversion rate, make your advertisements about your site. Your content should always be relative to your other pages. With that in mind don’t clutter advertisements and/or trick people to click on them.

2. Splash Screen

A Splash Screen is a waste of the developers and your visitor’s time. You do not want to force your visitor to watch or read something they are not interested in. Nothing is worse than having to wait 30 seconds for a flash movie to play. They want to get in, find what they are looking for and get out. If you have your heart is set on a splash screen, make sure you put a link to skip it, your visitor will need it.

3. Too Much Text

Web development is an interesting market. You have to have lots of good content for your visitors to read and food for the search engine spider. But having too much text can be a bad thing. This can take away from the design aspect. You visitors will love bullets points and text headers. Break up your content. The most important thing about text is not the length, but the quality. Put down what you need to say and stop.

4. Overcrowded Content

This will connect with step 4. Watch out how much content, graphics and/or videos you are putting on your page. This can affect usability and loading time. Keep you site focused on your goal and keep it organized. Don’t crowd with banners, advertising and links to other content. A balanced of white space on a site is just as important then the content.

5. Color Design

Colors can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Be careful of the colors you are using. If you are a dark background make sure your font is a light color and visa a versa. Stay away from bright colors. Dull colors are not only in style right now, but are very clean, easy to read and professional. Also check to see if you colors are web safe colors. If you pick colors that isn’t a web standard, there is a chance that the computer will pick a color and your design will be altered.

6. Horizontal Scrolling

Some sites get to wide and your visitors and this can be problem. If your visitor doesn’t notice the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom, they will miss the right side of your page. The standard width for a website is 1024 x 768 pixels. This is changing as your visitors will be going to a bigger resolution, but until they do…watch the size.

7. Know how to use Flash

Flash is cool and can be very interactive. But don’t use it for your entire site. Flash sites have not conquered usability. Developers get caught up in the design aspects of flash and forget usability and simplicity. These two aspects are very important. Flash is very good at banners, advertising, and some navigation. Flash is great to keep your visitors on your site using some type of interactive application. If you want to use Flash for your site, remember that search engine spiders don’t see flash content.

8. Cross Web Browser Capability

There are many different web browsers that are used to surf the internet and developers hate it. Some coding techniques are very hard to please all the different internet browsers. You need to make sure that you don’t dedicate your site to only one of them. Test your site is ALL kinds of internet browsers. There is a tool on this site that will do it for you is BrowerShots.com.

9. Usability

Usability is very important. Usability should be one of your main goals. Stop and think, usability can bring your visitors in. With small fixes and changes to your site. It could change how your visitor reacts to your site and also lower your bounce rate. If your visitor can’t interact with your site and has problems finding what they are looking for, they are leaving. KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.

10. Avoid Web Design Mistakes

Make sure you understand all the different web design mistakes. You can take just one of these web design mistakes and destroy your website. Each of these are just as important as the other. You can get away with having a couple of them on a small scale. But if you have one of these is on a major scale, you will lose traffic because of it. These are all easy to avoid, just try it.