As we have discussed in previous part 1, that there are plenty of factors directly and directly influences the decisions of selecting technologies and tools for our web development project. Keeping continue with this discussion I shall try to draw your attentions towards the internal milieu of the company you are selecting for the web project, i.e., internal company culture.
Technology Comes with a Culture
Today our web development community is divided into two distinct fragments, one favoring opensource technologies while another still stay with proprietary platforms. Java, PHP, etc. are championing and dominating web as old and new web programming languages respectively while its forks like Android beating mobile platforms at other hand.
In simple words, if you select PHP as your language of development you have to meet various PHP development companies with range of expertise on various opensource software based on PHP. They will have teams of developers for CMS to e-commerce and simple small business website programming using customized scripts in PHP.
Know Your Team before Final Decision
Keep one thing about PHP in your mind that it is damn easy language for web development to learn. Therefore, you will find tons of bio-data of developers with expertise in PHP claiming big. Since you are not a tech-guy or with much knowledge about PHP, you won’t able to segregate appropriate developers for your development team. Here common sense will help you to hit target. You need to check what work they have done perfectly in individual projects and what contribution made in a team work project with which roles.
Now, shoot some practical questions that how they will accomplish your work and with what timeline. It is better they chart out their development path in advance with development strategies, frameworks they will use, and libraries they have to meet your bespoken needs. You need to know in advance that which conventions they have established for themselves and their company. Which processes they will use for your web development and which guidelines they consider the most during your project in particular.
If everything seems obvious, you can put your stamp of choice on the developer/s, team, or company for your PHP web development.
Selection of Opensource PHP Software
Now, you will go one level up after selecting PHP as your web development language and open your card to the company/ies you are selecting for you. Tell them your requirements in details and let them select opensource software appropriate for you. If you need something more than a personal website or a blog they immediately jump to the Joomla, instead of WordPress, and ask you to go for PSD to Joomla conversion at first hand.
If your needs fall in different categories you will have bit different suggestions and will explore them in our next part of this series.
Thanks for your interest.