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A Definitive Guide to WordPress Website Development

Building a new Website. Have you ever feared the time-consuming task and complex coding involved with the design and web development? 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 rock star .NET developers 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”...

Open Source and PHP Continues to Dominate Web Development

Nearly every good language today is open source. Consider Android. Consider Java. Even considering Apple’s prized Swift, which the company recently made Open Source. The inherent advantages of adopting Open Source are many – it accelerates the development of the language and makes it more popular. PHP too is open source, a reason it remains popular today. PHP still dominates the web. Created by Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP first appeared in 1995. This cross-platform server-side scripting language has been a general-purpose language for web developers ever since. Why is it popular? Quite versatile with its application, PHP codes can be used with HTML codes, various engines and other web frameworks or even on a server module. This freedom of implementation makes it a great success. The other reason developers love it is because PHP is actually a C based language and follows the similar syntax and working procedures. Most programmers learn about C, and so working with PHP gets as easier as it can get. Constant improvements No language can survive if it doesn’t evolve.  Executed by PHP interpreter, it is implemented as a web server module or CGI executable. Over time, the language has been improved to deploy standalone graphic applications.  There have been many updated versions with V7.0 expected to be released in November 2015. Over a period, Basic object-oriented programming functionality has been added in the later versions (PHP3 and above) which has expanded the array of its performance capabilities.   PHP 5 improvements PHP 5 added interfaces in its code, and this allowed multiple interfaces to be implemented. The visibility properties of the PHP language makes...

eCommerce With ASP.NET – Exploring the Possibilities

The eCommerce market has changed over the years. Amazon and Alibaba stand on their own, with billions of revenue each year. There are thousands of small players as well, selling everything from baseball bats to television sets. B2C e-commerce sales were more than $1.2 trillion dollars in 2013 alone. The numbers are expected to rise, with eCommerce sites picking up in newer regions and countries like India, with the market expanding phenomenally. Amazon’s entrance into newer markets and the rising dominance of newer players portray a bright outlook for eCommerce business. In turn, this seems to be the right time to jump on the eCommerce bandwagon. So, how do you want your eCommerce site to be? Most website owners looking at eCommerce want to explore the different development options available. There has been an increasing focus on introducing a mobile-friendly version of your eCommerce website. The reason for this is simple – going mobile increases customer loyalty and allows you to reach out to customers even when they’re on the move. With more people owning smartphones and the number of users using traditional desktops paling in comparison, it’s but natural to woo in those mobile users. Statistics suggest that 75 percent of mobile subscribers now own smartphones in the US alone. By December, the figure is expected to touch the 80 percent mark. You can even develop a mobile app for your site that’s easy to connect and fast to close sales. The user interface can The question is, how do you go about your custom application development? Using ASP.NET for developing eCommerce websites Most website owners look at...

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...