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5 Newest PHP Development Trends Intended For Advanced Modern-Day Websites

August 21st, 2018

Websites and web applications are becoming indispensable and deep-rooted requirements in our lives. From absorbing information to shopping, to net banking, there are websites for everything. The need for web development is thus surging day by day, providing enormous scopes to PHP programmers to make websites that are greater than ever. Over the years, enhancement in speed or website performance and upgradation of PHP libraries are the core aspects where PHP improved remarkably. However, what’s more in the store of this most prominent scripting language for websites and applications development is worth finding out.

IoT integration into PHP

While tech enthusiasts all around the world claimed that IoT (Internet of Things) is soon to dominate lives with devices gaining internet connectivity to transmit data among each other, PHP is not left from the dominion of IoT. With sensors connected to the devices, users can appropriately get data and control them from their mobile devices. PHP is likely to indulge in developing applications that will help users read, analyse and store the data transmitted from the devices. Of late, many started to work on APIs that will help developers to interact with IoT devices.

Static websites generators

A great advancement witnessed in PHP is static website generators which allowed the creation of websites from plain texts. Such websites are usually stored in form of files instead of the database and provides innumerable benefits like ease of implementation, increased speed, controlling of traffic surges, etc. With CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) and APIs becoming dominant in the arena of web development making it simpler to deploy content and templates, it is quite clear that static site generators will have lots of role in the coming days.

Flash

Still considered as the best tool in the hands of QOS providers, Flash will persist to create 3D illustrations for websites. Developers leverage it to create attractive 3D interactions in the form of either slide banners ads, games or Facebook modules on the websites to make them more substantial and appealing.

Virtual reality

Another trend that grabbed gaming industry is VR or Virtual reality and is soon to sweep the website development industry too. Technology giants like Google and Mozilla have already commenced their approach to APIs that will help in transitioning VR into the web. Thus, no sooner, we can see many web applications being built using VR technologies that will help us witness virtual reality in everything, from virtual news coverage to destination tours.

Videos or Motion UI

The charm of static images is gradually fading away in website development while animations, video graphics and Motion UI are growing. PHP developers today prefer to provide animations, videos, CSS transitions in the websites to bring a richness in them with predefined motion. The latest Motion UI have different CSS patterns that help in integrating various animated elements seamlessly into the sites. Thus, Motion UI is surely a spectacular advancement that is going to help in creating websites with stellar video graphics and motion images.

These futuristic trends that are going to revolutionise website development sooner or later and with the latest upgradation in PHP 7, developers will have more ingenious and re-engineered features in hand to build out-of-the-box sites. Moreover, other trends expected to make a mark in recent times are one-page websites, web design evolution, Yarn Pack Manager and material design.

Small Business Web Design And Development

August 20th, 2018

The demand for Information Technology has driven many people to delve into its world. As software designs become more user-friendly, creating Web site designs is fast becoming a hobby for a number of people. But there are also many entrepreneurial individuals who make Web design and development a source of income. These sophisticated acts of programming and designing are not the exclusive domain of big IT companies anymore.

Small businesses with limited budgets earmarked for marketing and stakeholder management should take advantage of the growing number of Web designers and developers. This means more creative concepts and technological know-how to choose from and work with. A well-constructed site can draw in many potential customers and result to higher sales revenue. With a Web site, small businesses can develop structures that will build a stronger relationship with clients through company e-magazines, chat rooms and other feedback mechanisms. A Web site is also accessible by millions of people all around the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means that companies with Web sites have that much audience and room for growth. This is below-the-line marketing at its best.

Finding the right kind of Web developer is of course a big challenge. Most times you will meet them for the first time in the bidding process where they will outdo each other with impressive concept presentations. But a good small business Web designer and developer goes beyond producing the best Web site for the client. He or she gives a comprehensive after sales service program– like troubleshooting, Web management and maintenance, and hosting. This is important especially for small businesses that do not have their own IT departments or staff dedicated to the Web site. In the long run, companies that offer these kinds of services give more value and appeal to their products.

Avoiding Web Business Disaster

August 19th, 2018

So your company has a website. You spent more than you wanted to on building the website. Your company has spent more money than you care to remember on brand identity. You waited in nervous anticipation as you launched it. Now that it’s here it seems to have done nothing to add to your business’ bottom line.

The natural thing would be to blame the people who built it, because clearly, something’s wrong with it.

It can certainly be said that some web development firms approach the website-building process incorrectly. Some take the position that they will build whatever the client requests since the client is paying the bill. However, most web designers know that this does not translate long-term into success for them either and make suggestions that counter the client’s wishes. Many clients resist these suggestions in the effort of maintaining their original vision. Because of this the web developer can’t shoulder all the blame for a poor-performing website.

There are two distinctly different problem categories; design issues and business issues. Design issues are ones where the web design fundamentals have been violated. Problems such as poor navigation, cluttered layout, lack of white space, poor color choices, incompatible fonts, layouts not designed for different screen resolutions, lack of cross-browser compatibility (to name a few) all classify as design issues. The business issues are ones that relate to content, brand identity, communication features, streamline ordering process, and streamlined customer service.

Issues related to poor design can be more easily fixed than the business issues. A competent web developer can look at your site and its traffic statistics and likely explain to you what the problems are. Interview several developers and listen to their ideas and reasoning behind their ideas. They generally have the experience to know what design elements work for your audience.

Business issues are a different, more complex problem. The vast majority of websites do not generate revenue for the owners, and thus are considered failures. There is a common theme among them: lack of quality, relevant content. For a business owner it can significantly reduce the return-of-investment for building the website. For most business owners, the solution is not so easy to come by. Many web developers offer a basic content management solution as part of the website development package. The content management solution does the basics of adding new text and images to web pages, however the administration and subsequent training in the use of the system do not provide the proper education on the importance of using the content management system, and it goes unused. This is fatal for your website.

Poor content management can be overcome with a large advertising budget for the website. This, again, reduces the return-on-investment. The key is to find a solution that reduces the need for extensive advertising because it enables potential customers to find you through organic search. The search engine market is consistently evolving to provide a better experience for users conducting search. The main objective they promote is elevating sites with great content, and an excellent content structure. Your goal should be to become the website that provides both of those things for your business niche. The basic content management system thrown in with a website development package is generally insufficient for this task.

With the surge of audio and video content coming to the web, there is a multitude of ways to reach customers with a unique message. While websites such as YouTube and Flickr present free access to hosting and delivery of content, it is generally unwise for a business to utilize these resources when you have built a brand or a message. Providing unrestricted access to your video and audio content can be disastrous when used by unscrupulous competitors. An investment in a robust CMS solution should provide the necessary security controls for the hosting and delivery of your content. You can control streaming, downloading, and viewing options prior to unleashing your content to the world.

We all learn at some point in time that we get what we pay for. It is even more so with web development. When investigating the investment for a new website build, one of the first considerations needs to be finding a feature-rich content management solution. If you already have a website, you should consider an investment in a content management solution to have integrated into your website.

Finding a content management solution can be difficult because of the plethora of available systems on the market and it is unclear without the benefit of a seasoned professional to know the strengths and weaknesses of each. The first step is finding the systems offered by companies that specialize in CMS software. They have spent a lot of money and time optimizing their solution to provide marketers what they need to manage a successful website. The second step is to review the client list (if possible) and look for businesses in a similar niche to yours. They would have the experience to manage the integration and understand the expectations you have in the system. Thirdly, investigate the training process, including on-going training and maintenance of the system. A good CMS package comes with extensive training to help you get the most of out the system, as well as supplying updates and features as they become available.

Do your research before selecting your CMS. Companies such as Mogistic (http://www.mogistic.com/), Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/), and Red Dot ([http://www.reddot.com/]) offer best of breed solutions. Work with your web developer to find a solution that you like. It’s a worthwhile investment, worth the time to get the decision right.