Now that PHP is your chosen platform to develop web applications, it won’t be a bad idea to undergo a self-audit in order to ensure the silly and small mistakes don’t become your adversaries and lead to technological debacles. Software development is a greasy territory, one wrong move and you might as well find yourself landing on thorny grounds. And the mistakes go beyond the scrappy scripts and unclean code written for an application. In fact, those are the later stages. What I intend to draw your attention to are the elementary steps that you often muddle up with, resulting in major discrepancies.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the technology and not pay attention to the basics: PHP is one dynamic platform. There is every chance that it works you over with its amazing range of tools and libraries and you find yourself caught in the excitement. So far, so good, but things become chaotic when you fail to pay attention to the basics of programming. You must make yourself well-acquainted with the root level functionalities of the PHP framework you have in hand. Irrespective of whether you are working on Symfony or Zend, each framework comes with its set of ground rules. Skimping on understanding those might just open up a world of perplexities for you. Besides, starting from the root level will make you familiar to a number of code snippets that you needed but the framework may already be equipped with. You will also be provided with manuals, which are not to be treated like the manuals of your iPod.
Adhere to the web standards: That’s probably one of the earliest rules you were taught to follow. But in the frenzy of application development, this aspect often gets overlooked and bypassed. Irrespective of the scale of your applications, they should be adhering to all the web standards and must be W3C validated. Ignoring those only compounds the development process and restricts your ability to write codes that can be scaled and tailored to achieve functionalities you had set out to achieve. Moreover, the usability of the apps is also affected. Thereby, it becomes imperative to be in compliance with the standards during PHP development if you want a free rein while developing the web applications.
Don’t make anti-Search Urls: This awareness is slowly catching up. Sometimes, when you are running your website on a platform, let’s say, WordPress, it creates auto-URLs for each post that you publish. These URLs look like www.xyz.com/articleid=2342. Now, the search engines have absolutely no idea what this URL refers to and it doesn’t help on the keywords front either. If instead, your URL looks like, www.xyz.com/fitness-tips, a search engine crawler, like that of Google, sees two relevant keywords their and indexes your article accordingly.
Do not overstrain your app with features: This again boils down to getting caught up in the excitement. Do not use every PHP library that comes your way. While your app may contain a bundle of exquisite features, they might render it too slow to work suitably on a device.