How to Build a Database Driven Web Site

If you ever want to create a state directory, article
directory, dating site or link directory, you need to know about
creating database driven web sites. This may seem like a
daunting task at first, if you have never done it, however
I was in the same boat as you. It is not as difficult as
you think.

Benefits of building database driven web sites

-Store vast amounts of information about your products or
services.

-Efficient data sorting and retrieval

-Complex queries and statistical analysis performed relatively
easily

-Separate site design from site’s content

-Create new pages on the fly without manually creating or
editing new web pages

-Makes it easy for client to post content, update records
without the need to know html or rely on a web developer.

-Advanced search capabilities

-Attract repeat visitors with fresh and constantly updated content.

-Update site information online without the need to upload web
pages.

-Site maintenance greatly reduced.

-Enhance web interactivity

Requirements

MySQL – to retrieve information from a database, you first
need to have a database. That’s where MySQL comes in.
MySQL is a relational database management system,
or RDBMS. It’s a software package that is very good at
organizing and managing large amounts of information.
MySQL also makes that information readily accessible
by using a server-side scripting language like PHP.

PHP – this is a server-side scripting language. With PHP
installed, your Web server will be able to read a new file
(called a “PHP script”) that can retrieve information instantly
from a database and insert it into a web page before sending
it to the browser that requested it. PHP is completely free to
download and use.

Check with your current Web host. Make sure they have
already installed MySQL and PHP on your Web server.
Most web hosting companies already have it installed.
If not find a web host that provides this service.

Steps to building a database driven web site:

You will be building a link directory site using a mySQL
database and the WSN Links Script (a PHP script). Here’s an
example of the “Colorado Business Directory Site” that was
built, based on following the 7 steps below:

[http://www.hereiscolorado.com]

1. Check that your web host has PHP 4.10+ (or PHP 5) and
MySQL 3+ installed on the server.

2. To create the mySQL database on the web server:

-login to the cpanel of your server ie domainname/cpanel
with your user name and password.

-click on ‘MySQL Databases’ icon.

-enter database name

-click ‘add db’

-click on ‘go back’

-under ‘Users’ enter user name and password for database

-click ‘add user’

-click on ‘go back’

-click on ‘add user to database’

You should now get the reply that your database
installation was successful.

3. Download the PHP script files to your desktop at:
WSN links – [http://www.isitebuild.com/cgi-bin/a/t.cgi?wsnlinks]

4. Extract files from the ZIP folder and save them
to a folder on your computer.

5. Upload all the extracted files to your hosting space

6. Set the correct permissions for your files.

7. To complete the installation and to customize the
script, read the manual at:

[http://www.isitebuild.com/cgi-bin/a/t.cgi?wsnlinks]

You can continue to customize or edit your site online by
accessing the admin panel within your web site.

Adding, sorting, retrieving, searching data, creating new
pages, links etc can now easily be accomplished.

Congratulations!… you successfully have built yourself a
database driven web site.

Paying for Web Designs – How Much Should You Pay for Design Work?

E-Commerce and other Web Development these days can be quick and easy, for the people with the right skill. An open source shopping cart can be downloaded and installed in about 30minutes, the same works for most content management systems also. A domain name and hosting can be setup in about the same time.

Then if you change the theme a little, replace the logos, and maybe the color of some text, borders, backgrounds etc. you can really make the shopping cart your own.

All in just a few hours, now I have my own little web design company. And we do things in about 2x this time. With all the checks and other internal business processes we go through.

I might also add, we have university graduates, qualified and with a minim of 5 years commercial experience with portfolios to match.

A quality design should not take a long time, though some may take more time to produce something truly amazing. To the most part you can achieve high quality of work without the time excuses. If you are paying for someone to spend all day to create a logo, it sounds to me like they are really inefficient or pulling your leg.

Something I tend to think of when dealing with people who take too long is, are you paying them to learn? you see I had some issues with a car some time back, the engine seized up and I needed to replace it, I had offers as much as $4000 to replace the engine, and as little as $1000 to do the same thing. And you know what; some of the better more professional offers were also to the most part cheaper (It was BMW 730iL for those who wonder).

Now I can’t say this is the same in every industry and can only speculate as to what was really going on. But this is often a thought when I’m paying for someone’s time. Are you paying them to learn? Now you may get offers that are simply out of your price range, and hourly rates that make your jaw drop. In this case just think, can you pay someone half as much per hour to take just a little longer? If you can, that’s a clear way to bring costs back.

Once you are confident with the amount of time they are spending, you should really check out their portfolio. Once you are happy with the time/price and quality of their works. That should be just about all you need to worry about. Though one thing that may be worth noting is designers are like artists, when you get to know a designer and there work. You can pick their creations from others just the same as you would an artist. In saying this it is also good to keep this in mind when giving a designer your creative ideas, most good designers will come up with better designs when left to their own devices.

In summary, find a designer that does not take a long time to produce something. Check the quality of their previous works. And hire away, for simple graphic work direct from a designer should cost no more than $100 USD for a design does not matter where you are from. You might pay more to have designs turned into a webpage, though this part is can usually be done by a basic web-developer without much design experience. Most graphic designers can have this done also.

Key Factors to Consider for Hiring Offshore Development Partner

With the rise in internet activities businesses have crossed the country borders, which has led to great changes in software development. Now software teams have been linked to cities, nations and ocean. The offshore development companies in Asia and Eastern Europe provides software development services at 1/4th the cost of on-shore software development. Moreover, technological innovations have also made this business communication easy. There are several online platforms from where you can easily find companies and even freelancers to outsource your project with complete security of your money.

More and more companies are going for offshoring because they are able to get high-quality programming talent within their budget or even less than that and more time to concentrate on core competencies. The major task in software development is aligning people, their knowledge, and your business objectives. There are a few things that you need to consider before you outsource your project to an offshore software development company.

What is vendor’s core competency?

Your decision of outsourcing your project is simply because you are looking for expertise help to complete it. Therefore, you need to find out a vendor whose core competency is website and application development. If their focus is at one service, they will give their 100% on your product.

Are they offering budget-friendly services?

When you choose to outsource your work, you will get to work with the offshore companies in two ways: hourly or fixed price. You can ask for the total project price if it is a short-term or one-time work. But if your work is a long time and will continue for many more months to come, then you should prefer to get work done on an hourly basis. Before finalizing your deal, get all the paperwork done in advance and that too in a proper manner to avoid any issues.

Do they have sufficient experience?

Don’t forget to consider the experience of the outsourcing company. Make sure it is sufficient for the web development. If the vendor has a good experience, then it will truly reflect in their work.

Did you check their reputation?

It is extremely important that before you finalize anything, you must check the reputation of the company. Check their Google or Facebook reviews. Find out what their customers have to say about them. Their past clients are their true testimonials. They can tell you more about the company and how good they are at their work.

Once you consider all these factors, it will be easy for you to decide which company you would like to hire. You need to search an outsourcing company that is fit for your organization and the task you want to get completed.