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A Definitive Guide to WordPress Website Development

Have you ever feared the time-consuming task and complex coding involved with the design and development of a new website? Yes, almost all of us have experienced this fear! This is because we have seen the former days when the task of developing a website involved plenty of HTML code, Flash or CSS that were not easily understood by non-technical persons. But with the changing face of website development globally, we have now reached a stage where it doesn’t take much time to develop websites, because this task doesn’t require one to know complex coding or possess design skills. The advent of Content Management Systems (CMS), such as WordPress, provides a very efficient and user-friendly platform to create websites and manage the corresponding content online. WordPress is everywhere these days! The kind of website builder tools, themes, and plugins that are offered by WordPress have made it an extremely reliable and highly-popular website creation CMS platform. And statistics do not lie! If you go by the latest CMS usage statistics shared by Built With, approximately 48% of the websites built with CMS technology use WordPress as the CMS platform. The second best CMS usage is for Drupal at around 14%. Now that’s a massive difference which clearly indicates how popular and reliable WordPress is. Having worked on numerous web development and web framework design projects ourselves, we can completely relate to these statistics in favor of WordPress. Let’s explore the process to create your own websites using WordPress as well as WordPress’ advantages and disadvantages. How to Develop Websites Using WordPress Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to get your...

Finding the Best .NET Talent Pool – Are You Looking at the Right Places?

Recruiting top technical talent, especially software developers, is not an easy task. With the proliferation of startups in the market, increasing numbers of large tech companies offering remote working offers, and highly competitive counter offers, the odds of finding the proverbial rockstar .NET developer are growing increasingly slim. It’s no secret that good .NET developers are hard to find. However, what makes finding the best .NET developers such a challenge? What path would lead you straight to the best resource in the market? Here is what you need to know to find your answers. What Should You Be Looking For? This hiring challenge is more than just an issue of demand and supply.The disconnect, as we call it, between the right resource and the recruiter is because many of them are using the term ‘.NET developer’ too broadly for anyone’s understanding. Simply stating you need a .NET developer is like telling your barber to give you a haircut without specifying the exact style you’re looking for. Without specifying the set of expertise and skills, you’re looking for in a developer, the chances of finding the right person or in this case, any person, would grow significantly slim. Be Clear About the “Must Haves” and the “Nice to Haves” It is quite possible that what you’re looking for is lying right under your nose, but you don’t see it. A lack of understanding about what makes a good fit for your company sometimes blindsides you about hiring the right person even when they are right in front of you. Thus, knowing the difference between “must have” and “nice to have” when...

A Closer Look at the Role of PHP Development in Enterprise Applications

With the internet quickly becoming our primary source of content of any size or shape, the use of online business portals has increased manifold. The current state of user engagement has created the need to make websites and applications more dynamic and less static. PHP makes it easier for web developers meet those requirements and create dynamic websites. Short for Hypertext Preprocessor, PHP is a service-side open source programming language that is used to improve and enhance the web surfing experience. Compared to other programming languages that require complex and tedious scripting, PHP is an easy language that gives you maximum control over websites and works well with other languages and databases. According to a survey conducted by W3Techs, 81.8% websites are using PHP as their core programming language.   PHP’s Popularity This raises the question, why is PHP so popular in the web development world, and why should enterprises use this language to build their business applications? Here are the top four reasons.   It’s Easy One of the top reasons why most developers prefer PHP over other scripting languages is because it is easy to read and understand, and is based on both C and Perl. The dual experience of C and Perl makes development twice as easier than any other complex programming language.   Maximum Control Compared to other languages in the programming arena, PHP provides more control over websites and web applications and lets you complete the same functions with lesser lines of code.   Cross-Service Compatibility Another reason why PHP is usually the most preferred programming language is that it works well with other languages like...

Key Questions To Ask While Choosing An Agile Development Company

Any agile development project requires careful planning and consideration, so it’s worthwhile knowing some key questions that should be asked in advance of starting a successful working relationship. Agile can work to bring immeasurable success for your business, but it’s worth remembering the steps to consider, ensuring you make the most of any project. In this article, we will look at answering some key issues around choosing an agile development company. Have you completed any projects in the past similar to my requirement? Can you walk me through the process you followed? In any industry one of the first ports of call when looking to hire someone is taking into account past work experience. You need to know they’re qualified,  and this is particularly important when you’re using agile within a distributed workflow – it goes without saying that everyone must know everyone else’s skills within a team! You’ll also need to ask how long the iterations of separate projects were – look for deadlines met to fixed iterations, and feel comfortable questioning people further in long iterations are discussed. Source: Wikimedia What Project Management tools do you use? Get a sense of what tools and standardised practises the team you’re hiring has experience in. Differentiating in types of tools and whether this is a good fit for your project and company is important as it’ll allow them to become more productive and keep track far easier. PM tools such as Jira Agile, Rally and Pivotal Tracker are all multi-levelled PM tools with flexible pricing plans. At Classic Informatics, we have our own custom Agile project management tool so...

5 Tools everyone in the Web Development industry should be using

Being a global offshore web development company, we have to keep up with the latest advances that take place in the technology. Here is a list of 5 tools that we are swearing by for most of the web development solutions that we are working on. Asana When it comes to Project Management Systems, we keep trying the new ones that come up. What we are currently using and absolutely loving is Asana. The application enables the teams to work without email by putting conversations and tasks together. The best part is that you can keep a check on the progress of each task assigned to the team members through your mobile device as well. Oh, and it is free! Harvest One of the issues that clients face with an offshore web development solutions provider is regarding money. In today’s age, time is money and we want our clients to make the most out of the money they spend on buying our services, whether on an hourly basis or by project basis. Harvest makes time tracking simple as well as lets you keep a track of client expenses. Moreover, it helps us give an idea of how much time our team members spend on various tasks. Sublime Text 3 Sublime Text 3, currently in its beta stage, is the latest version of the most commonly used Sublime Text editor. We love the slick interface of this latest text editor. The awesome features and amazing performance makes editing codes, markups and prose super easy and quick. Sublime Text 3 is available for Mac, Windows and Linux, and it is free to...