PHP has been around for some 25 years. But it doesn’t mean it’s outdated (or “dead,” as some people might tell you. You’re not one of them, are you?) It’s just extremely versatile and continues to be one of the most popular open-source programming languages, powering some serious online platforms like Facebook or WordPress. So, when do you need it?
(If you know why you’re choosing PHP, go ahead and skip this part. We need some extra characters to make our SEO person happy. Not that you won’t learn anything, no. But if you’re in a hurry, scroll down to see what we can do for you when it comes to PHP. Or better yet, just reach out so we can chat like normal people.)
PHP is a general-purpose language used to build interactive websites and apps on the server side. It can be embedded into HTML, so it’s easier to add interactive features without calling external files for data.
PHP can be used to build solid and robust cross-platform apps and user interfaces. You can use it to manage dynamic content, build and manage databases, and entire e-commerce sites. And today, it’s still used by some 80% of websites globally.
The reason why some like to say that PHP is dead is probably because many apps written in PHP years ago now have tons of legacy code that should be updated. But, you know, it’s what often happens with apps written years ago. And it doesn’t actually make PHP useless or old – you can still use PHP to rewrite the code without turning to another language. Of course, there are many considerations when it comes to the tech you should choose to make your software product high-performing but also future-proof.
And it so happens that we’re the right people to turn to to help you make that decision after a thorough examination of your requirements, user needs, and business goals.
The benefits of custom PHP development
PHP is platform-independent and supports most web browsers. PHP-built apps can run on any operating system. It’s also relatively easy to make changes and updates to your app features.
PHP is a good contender when it comes to speed and helps apps load faster even with lower internet connection speeds.
You can easily connect PHP to other technologies, giving you more opportunities to scale your existing software and integrate multiple apps and tools. It also securely connects to almost any database.
Obviously, as an open-source language, it’s completely free – including all the updates and improvements. There’s no buying expensive licenses or software involved, and the costs of developing PHP-based apps are usually also reasonable.
Come on, it’s been around for 25 years – enough time to test it in different environments and continue building new tools and frameworks to keep making it more efficient.
As with any open-source language, PHP has a large, super-engaged community of developers who make sure bugs and inefficiencies keep being fixed and new improvements introduced all the time.
We like to think of ourselves as a “not your usual PHP web development company”. Yeah, we know, we’re like all the others saying it. But hear us out.
First of all, we’re a team of senior developers with some 20 years of experience in custom app development using a wide range of programming languages, including PHP. (And if you’ve actually read the previous sections, you’ll know DeSmart is almost as old as PHP. And no, we’re not dead.)
And besides being an experienced PHP development company, we also have tons of experience in what we think of as the bigger picture: product development, software business models, and user research. So you’re not just working with people who write lines of code and push pixels. We’re going to spend quite some time together at the beginning of our project to make sure all the pieces fit together. And that you’re getting software that meets your expectations, your users’ need, and the goals for your business. And PHP is just a part of that (however important.)
As a teal-oriented PHP development company, we also do things a little differently than most software houses you’ve probably had a chance to work with. We have a super flat structure (actually, we don’t even have a CEO), so you won’t be redirected from person to person or wait for a reply from the developer for a week, going through their manager. You’ll be in touch with the right people who actually build your software, can answer your questions, and can help you make decisions that will benefit your business.
1.We always start with consulting your project with our product and business teams to see if we’re indeed a good fit.
2.We’ll then create a cost estimate and a proposed timeline.
Then we’ll organize workshops to help us define the business and product requirements so that we can build the best software solution for your needs. The people who took part in the workshops will make up the foundation of your project team.
3.We sign the contract and set up a kickoff meeting to nail down all the project details.
Our development team will talk you through all the benefits and drawbacks of a specific technology for your specific project so that you know all you need to know to make your decision before you actually make it.
One of DeSmart’s core values is transparency, and we always inform our clients about any risks involved.
This really depends on your requirements. We have project managers, testers, and developers on board, and everyone’s equally involved in the project. This means you can talk directly to the developer working on your software and avoid the usual miscommunication that can happen when information travels through the hands and keyboards of multiple people.
Yes, we communicate using Slack and Jira and try not to use email too much. We’re also open to adjusting to the tools your company uses.
Oh, we are. In the past 19 years, we’ve completed over 200 projects and have a full-time in-house team of about 30 people. We’re also the founding members of sodapl.com – the Polish Software Development Association. Go to https://clutch.co/profile/desmart to read what our current and past clients have said about working with us.
We’re a boutique software house hiring a maximum of 30 people. Among other things, this means that your project is always a priority for us – we just can’t take on too many projects at a time. We’re also super honest and transparent and will always give you a clear picture of what’s going on.
Our team includes experts with many years of experience, and we’re often asked by other software houses to support them with their projects.
We also have a unique company culture. We’re teal-oriented and value a human approach to software development (which is why “Human-first software development” is our tagline) and work in general. And you can see it both in how we run the company and the way we work with our clients.
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