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Outsourcing Web Development For Business Growth

August 27th, 2018

Outsourcing is when you contract out your work to any other person or firm for a substantial period of time. The party which gets the work is responsible for finishing the work successfully. When a company outsources its business function to another company, it does so to concentrate on other core aspects of the business.

Similarly a firm which wants to outsource web development to another firm, it does so to make it more profitable than doing the work in-house. The reasons can be numerous. We can take three scenarios and see how businesses can benefit from outsourcing to a web designing company or a web development company.

Scenario 1:
Consider a web development company in a country like USA. They are approached by a client for a project to be done using a latest technology in which they don’t have the expertise. Now the firm has to either let the client go or outsource web development to another firm who have the required expertise. That way they not only get a client they also manage to broaden their services if they strike a successful relation with the web firm they outsourced their work to.

Scenario 2:
If a firm is very busy and they have numerous clients they can’t afford to provide services to all at a particular time, they can consider outsourcing. If they manage to find the right firm, they can successfully manage their client projects and the clients. The key is to find the right web designing company to outsource the work to.

Scenario 3:
If a firm is looking to expand its business and services there are many things to be done. The first is expanding the infrastructure for it. The next step would be to hire more employees and also upgrade the skills of the existing employees. All this requires extra money and if a firm is not in a position to invest more money, the best solution is to outsource the work to the right company.

If they outsource the work to an offshore web development company, they will not only save on these costs but will also get the work done at a fraction of cost they would be charged for in their country.

Similarly say a firm has all the expertise to work on web development project but they don’t necessarily have the expertise in Search Engine Optimization. So if they are approached by a client who wants web development as well as SEO services, they can do the web development part in-house and outsource the SEO work to a SEO services company.

How to Become a Valuable Web Developer

August 26th, 2018

If you are new to web development and want to ‘break into’ the field then PHP is the programming language you should learn. There are many approaches to learning how to be a web developer, however, I believe the following approach makes the most sense.

Firstly, you need to learn how to code in HTML. It is very straightforward and there are many sites on the net that will help you learn the essentials. My advice is to learn on notepad first before you use the coding environments such as Dreamweaver. Notepad coding forces you to actually learn the language as the essential level. Anyone can use a WYSIWYG application.

Secondly, you should set up your development environment. Most PHP development now is done in conjunction with the Apache Web Server and the database known as MySQL. Fortunately, there is a great programming book entitled “Beginning PHP5, Apache, MySQL Web Development” that is very user friendly. To be honest, setting up your development environment is probably the most difficult task about developing.

As with all things in programming, there is a very helpful ‘trick’. Use a free application called XAMPP that has bundled PHP, Apache and MySQL together so that you can install them all at once and they can actually find each other on your machine. In my opinion, this makes the creation of your developing environment much easier. There is even an included application phpMyAdmin that gives you an intuitive interface to create and manage you MySQL database. If you don’t know anything about creating a database I can refer you back to our Beginning PHP5 book, chapters 3 and 4 which will take you through the first steps of understanding syntax and table structure.

Once the environment is setup and you have the Apache web server running, MySQL running and PHP is on your system you are ready to start learning PHP. I have found the tutorials at the W3Schools site very helpful, here is the link http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp Again, our Beginning PHP5 book provides some very helpful introductory chapters on learning PHP pages and using PHP with MySQL. PHP is very powerful if you couple the strength of the language with the strength of a database for storing a website’s data. If you go to Dice.com or Monster.com and check out the web development jobs you will see that PHP is in great demand. It is the language of choice for development now. It is flexible, open source and has a great community of devoted user around the world. If you don’t know what open source is, then you should Google it. It is a marvelous concept that has benefited many.

Personally, I have used the open source online store Prestashop to develop some online stores, see http://richardburkejones.com/prestashop/ Well, I hope this article has help you get started in web development and particularly in the valuable world of PHP development.

Why Are So Many People Heading Into Freelance Web Development

August 25th, 2018

Whether we like to admit it or not, the economy hasn’t yet bounced back to the level that it once was and more and more individuals are being forced into learning new skills to pay the bills that keep falling on the mat every month.

More and more individuals are turning their hands to freelance web development as the internet is the new medium for companies to sell their products to the worldwide audience. With a few lessons in HTML people quickly realise the endless possibilities this new avenue present.

Moving into freelance web development opens a whole host of doors to you. Going it alone in business can be a tough decision to make but it does come with some benefits. Obviously you will be your own boss and as such you can set your own hours of work. However, just because you can set your own hours of work, it doesn’t mean you can get away without doing anything. More often than not people who work for themselves find that they end up putting in more hours than they would if they were working for another company.

Obviously another benefit you might receive by moving into freelance web development would be the financial benefit or being able to set your own quotes for jobs. You might find that you can increase your earnings through this revenue but the downside to this is that you will be forced to manage your own taxes.

Why is setting up a freelance web development company such a tantalising prospect? Well to put it simply there is very little needed to start the company. If you have a computer and some software you can fairly easily start developing website pages for companies. There is a wealth of knowledge out there at present, with books, DVD’s and online tutorials all there to assist you along the way.

Freelance web development has been the saving grace for many individuals over the last twelve months through the credit crunch and recession. There were a number of skilled individuals who were thrown by the wayside as companies cruelly cut staff numbers in an attempt to stay afloat. Thankfully the governments training scheme has allowed several individuals to retrain and re-evaluate their career prospects.

So will the market become flooded with freelance web development companies? The chances are that there can never be enough web development companies as there are millions of companies who use their services everyday and quite simply the more companies that are out there the more likely it is that you will be able to get a competitive price for your web design work.