PHP Web Development

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PHP Development from the Cowshed

Firstly, what is PHP? (if you're familiar with the language feel free to skip this bit)

PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development.

Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.

Source The PHP website

That's a nice introduction to PHP from the website, it's also worth noting that Wikipedia says 75 percent of websites use PHP. Any criticism of PHP from its early days are now long forgotten, it's fast, it's secure and it's a serious language that can handle pretty much anything... this is why we use it at Cowshed Works.

PHP code

Cowshed Works and PHP

Why do we mention UK on this page, why does that matter? The answer is simply that we want to make it clear that everything coded at Cowshed Works is completed right here in our premises in Staffordshire in the West Midlands, right slap bang in the centre of the UK.

We don't 'farm out' web development work to cheap development companies in other countries and then sell the work on at a premium. We've worked at UK based web companies building websites and applications for major global hotel chains, we've worked in UK FTSE 100 companies and we've worked at the major consultancy firms in London, we're UK based, did we say that?

How do we develop PHP applications?

We develop large projects in PHP and Javascript. Server side coding is generally PHP using PSR standards and utilising the composer eco-system to access the huge range of PHP packages currently on offer. We test everything that we build with phpunit, use Git for version control (and optionally deployment) and have even been known to use TDD. We can also write server side applications to run on Node JS.

Front end development is generally based on a combination of Bootstrap, JQuery and VueJS. We're able to use other JS / CSS frameworks including Angular JS, Ember JS, React and Bulma. We tend to avoid jumping on every framework bandwagon as it's mentally draining learning a new framework to achieve the same things your current framework already does.

What kind of PHP applications have we built?

The scope of development projects we can take on is very broad; here's a list of some of the things we've built:

Content management system

Managing a 2 million user website

Online competitions

Live online competition quizzes and premium paid downloadable quiz PDFs

Website forum

Processing hundreds of thousands of posts, replies and polls

Motoring problems Q&A

Providing solutions to motorists with car problems

Find my nearest application

Locating nearby shops and services anywhere in the UK

Web page popularity index

System designed to rank and promote web pages based on usage

Car register & club

Application to log and display limited edition collector cars

Premium listing system

Annual subscription based payments for premium website listings

Static website builder

System to 'mill' thousands of pages from static data

Hotel booking systems

Booking requests and API integrations with major providers

Why would you choose us to build your PHP application?

We've been developing in PHP since 1999 and PHP 4. We know it very well, we know where it's strengths and weaknesses are. We've seen it grow and evolve into a serious language with an amazing ecosystem and global developer community. We've fixed applications that have been hacked due to poor PHP code, we've optimised slow PHP code, we've upgraded countless PHP websites and applications to the latest versions.

If that's not enough here are some more reasons why you might choose us for your next application build.

Want to discuss your next web project?

We're happy to host meetings at the Cowshed or via conference call, we're equally happy to come and meet you to discuss your project.

Just drop us a line and we'll get it booked in and get the ball rolling.

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