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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...

iOS or Android – What First?

With an ever-increasing number of mobile device users, mobile application development is becoming progressively competitive and is considered one of the largest tech industries in the world. If you are looking to get an app built for your business, your first and obvious consideration would be, which platform should you opt for first, iOS or Android? Both iOS and Android apps have their own set of pros and cons, so it is necessary to have a good understanding of what each platform offers that the other doesn’t. Being a web and mobile apps development company ourselves, we have seen customers facing short and long-term challenges due to lack of understanding, first hand. Some scenarios may even require getting apps built for both platforms simultaneously. Let’s take a closer look at the various criteria that need to be considered to decide what platform your mobile app should be developed on first. Global Market Share and User Base The Android platform occupies a very large global user base, taking up almost 85% of the mobile devices market share  all over the globe. However, the majority of iOS users is from a higher income group that is willing to spend more on applications. On the other hand, a large portion of Android users is from developing nations and lower income groups. Your target audience is one of the first and most important considerations before you start building your app, so choose your platform and market wisely. Type of Revenue Model Most of us build apps to earn some money from it in the long run. The revenue model used for apps may differ, but...

Drupal for Intranet Development

Drupal, a content management system, is used by a number of website owners. Drupal is mostly used to create informational sites and social media sites, and not those regular content websites that we see.  But that’s not the only area where you look up to Drupal. True, we have seen the platform make web development be a lot easier from easy customizations to lowering the cost of ownership significantly. However, the myriad range of ways Drupal can be used is what we need to be thinking about. Did you know for instance that Drupal is available as open source? It means that you can customize it as necessary. But how effective is Drupal when it comes to using it for intranet development? For us, we need to understand that this CMS can be a great bet for even developing your intranet system. Building your own intranet system How does your organization look at increasing productivity? Most often, organizations tinker with working processes or buy in new equipment to boost productivity. Yes, we have the periodic bonuses and appreciation that keep employees on track. But doesn’t your company need more? What about investing in a structure that helps increase collaboration, information sharing and continuity? We need to look at how a reliable intranet system can benefit you. With an intranet system, employees can get access to important information easily and perform work systematically. There is a track of every work that’s due and deadlines that are to be met.  Employees can share updates with others and there is an environment where team members are updated with what others are up...

A Complete Outsourcing Guide for Newbies

If you are considering outsourcing a project to an offshore team for the very first time, you might be nervous – and that’s normal. There’s a lot goes into a successfully outsourced project. With more than 12 years of experience in managing outsourced development projects, we have seen our share of successes. After more than 1000 projects delivered, we put together this handy guide to help you navigate outsourcing for the very first time. Why Outsource? What Can Be Outsourced? Outsourcing has become an increasingly popular solution for businesses throughout the world. Some of the most common reasons a business may choose to outsource work include: Reduce time to complete a project Gain access to additional talent Free internal resources for other purposes A shift in company focus or objectives Decrease and control operating costs And it may come as no surprise that IT related projects, such as app and web design, top the list of jobs frequently outsourced to offshore development teams. That trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Source – A.T. Kearney For several years now, India has been rated as the top choice for offshore development. That is largely due to its relatively large access to talent combined with fairly low costs. Although just about every type of job can be outsourced to an offshore team, there are also challenges that must be addressed. 5 Keys to Successful Outsourcing Before selecting an offshore development team to handle your next project, give consideration to the following five keys to success. (1) Choose the Right Partner – It is vital that you select an offshore...

How to Improve Magento User Experience & SEO

In our many years of experience developing Magento eCommerce portals, we have noticed a trend: Clients are often more focused on getting their Magento eCommerce website up and running than worrying about the small details associated with optimization. Understandably, eCommerce is becoming an increasingly large share of how consumers spend their income. This diagram created by Turnkey Titan helps to illustrate that point:   It stands to reason that you, as a business owner, want to ensure that your eCommerce portal is live and functional – and as quickly as possible! But the development of an effective eCommerce website does not begin and end with its deployment; rather, it is an ongoing process that requires constant attention to optimization strategies. Magento Optimization Tips & Tricks There are a number of tips and tricks you can implement to optimize your Magento platform. Some of the tips we are about to share may seem trivial. But as your eCommerce revenue grows, those minor tweaks and adjustments can translate into thousands – if not millions – of dollars. For the purpose of this article, we will be reviewing: Tips for Optimizing Your Magento Portal for the Best User Experience Tips for Optimizing Your Magento Portal for SEO When customers have a positive experience on your eCommerce website, it encourages them to: Spend more money per transaction Share your products or services on social media Return later for repeat transactions Optimizing your eCommerce business for the best user experience will pay dividends. When your Magento eCommerce website is also optimized for SEO, you increase revenue in tandem with your exposure through organic search....