What is PHP?
You are probably most familiar with the language of HTML. It is the most commonly used web development coding system that describes how texts, scrolls, paragraphs, images and other objects displayed on a web page. It is not used for programming and is not a programming language. PHP, however, is a scripting language that can create web pages with information that has been written in HTML format. It is, in fact, a programming language and runs on web page’s server. PHP pages also process noticeably faster because they run smoothly in the background of your website. It is also effective for communicating with web databases.
Think of PHP almost as a blender. It can take an enormous amount of code written in HMTL and blend it together in order to make a simple output such as “Hello, My Name is PHP Script.”
Why Use PHP?
PHP and HTML work together in order to create a cohesive website. The benefit of using PHP in combination with HTML is that it can communicate with many different types of databases, which makes it user-friendly across the board. This helps when you are trying to connect your website to others for your business or personal use. It is lightning fast at retrieving information, which can help your website grow and improve. Using PHP development also helps reduce the cost of starting up your website because it is free and generally user-friendly. The benefit of bringing in an expert, however, is so that he or she can navigate through the language for you to yield the best results.
PHP is convenient for clients to receive, as well. The PHP Expert can take all of that information and condense it so that when the client receives it, all they see is the PHP information, rather than all of the HTML coding behind it. It has a wide range of benefits and can be understood and used by even the most beginning of programmers, but still, has the best and most modern tools to be used by the highest professionals in the field. The latter is the kind of person you will be looking for to help your business grow.
What Do You Need To Look For in a PHP Expert?
When you are thinking about hiring a PHP coder, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration. Your PHP Developer needs to be well versed in custom software development, and have at least 3-5 years of experience building websites. You will also need to see some statistics of how their website development helped the businesses they were working for, for example, statistical increases, improved designed, high generated traffic flow etc…
Since most businesses use some sort of database to keep track of information such as clientele, merchandise inventory and so on, you will need someone who has a good deal of experience generating online database solutions for clients. They should be able to develop search bars, create forums, set up register and login in options for new and existing users, and be able to pull those database results for daily, weekly, monthly or annual analysis.
Your Expert should have a wealth of understanding concerning classes and objects. This will determine how the information you want on your website will show up on your page. If you have ever seen a poorly executed website, often images or graphics do not load correctly, banners are broken and the common user can even see bits of code from the front end rather than the back end. Your expert should be able to not only resolve these issues but be able to develop original software to eliminate the issues and enhance your current web content and coding.
As far as other programs are concerned, your developer should know how to use SQL databases and OPcache to make your website run faster. Mastery of at least one PHP framework such as Zend Framework, Laravel or Cake would also be a plus, as long as it is an MVC framework that uses the most up-to-date PHP.
Lastly, your freelancer needs to have some experience involving web security and risk. They should be able to find loopholes in your code that would make it easier for hackers or other dangerous viruses to enter your website. If such a terrible situation occurs, your website could be wiped, locked, or get taken over by an anonymous user who can do whatever they want with it. They should at least know what the most common vulnerabilities are in terms of web security and how to circumnavigate it.
As you can see, there are many benefits to not only using PHP in order to code your website but hiring a PHP freelancer to ensure that everything is running smoothly, securely and efficiently. There are many different places where you can post jobs to find the right candidate, but remember to be selective and ask for samples of their work. A person may look great on paper, but without the web content materials to back it up, it won’t help your business grow and succeed. You can always hire me for your development requirements 🙂 not to brag but I am an experienced developer myself.