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PHP, an abbreviation for Hypertext Processor, is an open source, general-purpose scripting language. The programming language is widely used for web development across the globe, and currently powers more the two hundred million websites, including Yahoo!, Facebook and Wordpress.

It’s good for PHP developers that so many frameworks are available in the tech market for PHP development. But, it also often leads them into quandary when it comes to determine the best one. Although the decision to choose a PHP framework heavily relies on its functionality and other factors to suit specific project requirements, one PHP framework, called Laravel, has been widely adopted in many cases. As of now, there are 33,119 stars for Laravel on Github. In this blog, I am offering an insight into advantages that make Laravel the most preferred choice of PHP developers.

Top Reasons behind Skyrocketing Popularity of Laravel for PHP Development

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#1 Artisan

Laravel generates code using a built-in tool called Artisan. Since developers have to mostly interact with Laravel using a command line, Artisan is a great advantage as it rids the need of performing repetitive and tedious programming tasks manually. Artisan allows developers to generate controllers, model, etc.

# 2 Pre-Installed Object Oriented Libraries

One of the top reasons why Laravel gets edge over other frameworks is object oriented and pre-installed libraries. These pre-installed libraries are not available with any other framework, but Laravel. For example, Authentical library, which apart from its easy implementation, offers advanced features, such as checking active users, Bcrypt hashing, CSRF (Cross-site Request Forgery) protection, encryption, and password reset.

Besides, individual modules that form Laravel are based on modern PHP principles. As a result, developers get more freedom to build even responsive, modular, and handy web apps.

# 3 Blade Template Engine

Laravel’s Blade templating engine is one of the best features it is so popular for. It’s html template used in laravel. The templating engine is highly intuitive and makes it possible for developers to easily work with even the typical PHP/HTML spaghetti. Most frameworks use php tags to call variable from controller, like 1111Screenshot from 2017-07-06 14:56:58.png. However, blade templating uses 222Screenshot from 2017-07-06 15:00:51.png to print variable. It make work effortless. Inbuilt lightweight templates in Laravel makes it much easier for developers to create amazing layouts using dynamic content seeding. Besides, a way to incorporate CSS and JS code with solid structures adds a new feather to the cap of Laravel.

#4 Database Migration

One of the toughest challenges that PHP developers face is to keep database in sync between development machines. However, Laravel migration system makes it a doddle for developers. Using Laravel migration you can develop the database of the application without having to recreate it every time changes are made. Therefore, the risk of losing development data cuts down by many folds. Changing the structure of the database is also possible using migrations, and the code to be used is of PHP, not of SQL.

If you wish to transfer files from local to server, then migration will help build tables using simple command: 333Screenshot from 2017-07-06 15:21:30.png. You can also make new tables using migrations.

#5 Eloquent ORM (object-relational mapping)

The Eloquent ORM of Laravel comes with simple PHP Active Record implementation. Web app developers are able to issue database queries with PHP syntax instead of SQL code because of it only. The ORM makes use of industry-standard conventions to lessen configuration. A corresponding Model exists in every table in the database to allow the developer to interact.

#6 Authorization

Laravel provides excellent authentication techniques and brilliantly configures almost everything. Be it organizing authorization logic or providing control over access to resources, Laravel is the best among all other PHP frameworks. Laravel's To authorize actions, Laravel uses two primary ways: gates and policies (they act as routes and controllers). Laravel also provides Middleware, which makes it easy to verify HTTP requests before sending them to the controller.

Some user cases where we have had to resort to using middleware are as follows:


  1. To confirm the incoming route request API key. Assuming you are building an API.

  2. Rate-limiting a service call.

  3. Change the site language based on locale.

  4. Enable site-wide maintenance.

  5. Sniffing bot traffic.

  6. Logging.

#7 Security

Web development with Laravel is highly secure. It uses salted and hashed password, which is basically Bcrypt hashing for storing user passwords. The built-in LoginController and RegisterController classes, Bcrypt is automatically used for authentication and registration. Pre-enabled tools in Laravel provide protection against injection and xss attacks, which makes complex coding for site security unnecessary.

#8 Intuitive Syntax

Laravel’s principles have been adopted from a universally acclaimed book “Clean Code” by Robert C. Martin. The book describes easy ways to create and maintain code.

Syntax of laravel is very easy to understand. Let’s look at this example of pagination: FRScreenshot from 2017-07-07 10:37:46.png

Pagination here is set to 5 and Role is the model here. It’s basic pagination, very easy to understand.

Let’s take one more example: FR222Screenshot from 2017-07-07 10:38:13.png

Here findOrFail is being used to return a single model instance. In case of no result, a ModelNotFoundException comes out, which is easy to handle with a pretty view page.

#9 Excellent Documentation

Laravel has excellent documentation, written by Taylor Otwell, the founder and main developer of Laravel. Without a doubt, Laravel has the best documentation among all other PHP frameworks, which makes the framework even more credible for trying out hands in PHP development.

#10 Larcasts

Another important factor that makes Laravel better than other popular frameworks, like Codeigniter, Yii, CakePHP, is Larcasts, which provides both free and paid video tutorials on how to use Laravel. The production quality of videos is top-notch and they make learning Laravel very easy and meaningful. If you visit the official website of Larcasts, you will see, “Laracasts is the defacto educational resource specifically for working developers building the web with PHP and JavaScript. It's kinda like Netflix for your career!”


Unit Resting and easy Routing also make Laravel stand out. Apart from the ones I have mentioned above, there are many more features like easy app structure that contribute to making Laravel a top choice for PHP development. This framework has no looking back since its inception and continues to grow popular among developers and businesses for its awesome features.

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Have you ever used Laravel for PHP development before? If yes, do you agree based on your experience that Laravel is the best PHP framework? Please share you views in the comment box below.

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HTML5/CSS3 Website Templates have become so popular that many designers now can’t think of creating a website without using them. The reason behind skyrocketing popularity of HTML5/CSS3 Website Templates is their efficacy at providing several essential website development features in one package. Now that we are almost in the final quarter of the year, I am presenting you top 7 HTML5/CSS3 Website templates that have ruled the web-development arena so far this year.

Let’s Begin!

Pivot

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Pivot, a multi-purpose block-based template built on Bootstrap, covers all your business niche. Pivot is best used for education, business, portfolio, agency and resume web applications. In the era of multiple devices and screen sizes, Pivot gives your website the flexibility to work on all ⎼ be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop PC.


With Pivot, you can make your website amazingly responsive. It comes with powerful, intuitive, and flexible theme, packed with 70+ content blocks and multiple page headers. The amazing Variant page builder makes Pivot stand out. If you are looking forward to launch a new app landing page or product, let me assure you that Pivot is the best deal out there in the market.


Many Pivot users say that page builder significantly reduces the span of development time. It allows you to try different layouts in quick time and enjoy customization at utmost ease.

Some of amazing features of Pivot are as follows:


  • 14 colour schemes

  • Coming soon page

  • Login page template

  • 404 & 500 error pages

  • Instagram feeds

  • Twitter feeds

  • Complete LESS files

  • Mailchimp & Campaign Monitor integration


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Pages comes with endless possibilities for your website. It’s an adaptive multi-purpose HTML5 web template, which offers a plethora of practical features. Besides, it allows your site’s capabilities to expand way beyond what you might have ever thought of. Pages sports 20 distinct web designs and over 70 pre-designed blocks for page customization.


Floating elements cause parallax effects to give your site a modern feel. Besides, an immersive page slider improves the satisfaction of browsing for your site visitors. Pages makes your site highly responsive and workable on all devices, regardless of their sizes.


Click here to know about new HTML templates released in January 2016

 

Massive

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Want to create a website that best fits your personality? Go for Massive. It offers 260 unique pages and over 50 variations for your home page. Although it’s a gigantic tool kit, it’s far from being complex and difficult to use. Whatever your business niche is, Massive gets you covered, including General, Corporate, Creative, Portfolio, photography, Agency, Magazine, Restaurant, Hotel, Spa, Renovation, Fashion, E-commerce, Blog , Parallax, App Landing and Event category. Massive has all the building blocks you need to create a beautiful site, and that too in no time.


If you want to create a portfolio, Massive offers you 85 gorgeous portfolio page options. That apart, you get 900 custom line icons, 150 shortcodes, 15 pre-designed sliders, and 20 menu variations. To make Massive even better, 70 layered PSD and 27 PSD mockup files were made available during recent updates. 

Intense

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Intense, a product of TemplateMonster, is a fully responsive multipurpose HTML template. If you are planning to launch a personal blog, eCommerce store or a company website, Intense should be among your top choices. And I will tell you “why”. It gives you the freedom to choose from 4 home layouts, 150+ pre-designed pages, 40+ specific-purpose pages, 30+ blog templates, 15+ portfolio templates and 10+ eCommerce shop templates. You also get Intense plugins for free, along with different header and footer styles, event templates and sundry additional related pages.


You can add tremendous value to your brand via huge number of skins, colors, Google fonts and hover effects. There is no need to hire a developer to install the theme, even a non-skilled person can do it at ease. Intense helps you create a standout website and add brand value.

Wolverine

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Wolverine is best suited for Corporate, Ecommerce, Portfolio, Creative Agency etc. It’s a multipurpose HTML5 template, capable of living up to even the most varied customer demands. From desktop to smartphone, Wolverine works on all. For a WordPress site, you can buy a version from Themeforest. Creative slider element, CSS3 animations are only two of its many amazing template features.


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Yamen


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Yamen brings you powerful and streamlined business HTML templates. Yamen is developed keeping in mind the requirements of professionals and freelancers who want to design a package for corporate, agency, creative, personal websites and much more. Single-page and multi-page variations were introduced in its latest update. We all know how important Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is to get traffic to your site. Yamen is SEO optimized to get your site good ranking in search engine page results.


Amazing features of Yamen include:



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The main motive behind building Jango was to aid developers, end users and designers. If you have a plan to run an online eCommerce site, Jango should be among your top choices, since it comes packed with 28 eCommerce pages, 3 eCommerce sidebar menus, JS functions, and 2 distinct eCommerce footers. However, Jango can be used for any business niche. Jango is very responsive and fit for mobile devices, regardless of their screen sizes.


SASS framework makes Jango even more special, providing quick and easy styling capabilities. You can also benefit from helper CSS classes that come with it, paving the way for you to add new dimensions to your styling customizability. Improvements in Jango keep on happening via free updates to give every user a dynamic experience.



HTML5/CSS3 website templates have a widespread usage, owing to the ease they offer to have an attractive and effective website. Have you ever used a HTML5/CSS3 template to design a website? How was your experience? Any HTML5/CSS3 template you think should make to the list I have presented you above? Please add your views in the comment box below.

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Is CMS the Future of Web Development
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Nowadays, a content management system (CMS) has become pivotal to website development. CMS is basically an application or software tool that empowers you to create, edit and publish content on your website. So, with a CMS, you no longer need to rely on a Webmaster for managing website pages, blog posts, images, videos, links and other data on your website.


There are two important elements of a CMS: Content Management Application (CMA) and Content Delivery Application (CDA). The former helps in editing, whereas the latter is the web publishing tool. In order to streamline the web development process, it’s very important that you flawlessly integrate both CMA and CDA in your CMS.


In contrast to CMS software programs, web-based CMSes have witnessed a skyrocketing rise in their popularity over the past few years, since people prefer using a web interface that makes the website updating process a doddle. Moreover, automatic updates of most web-based CMSes ensure that all users are equipped with latest tools to manage their content. Some of the most popular examples of web-based CMSes are: Wordpress, Blogger, Joomla, Drupal, Weebly, and Wix.

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Let’s understand why CMS is called the future of web development

  • CMS gives you direct control over your website: Since you know you website better than designers and developers, you can better explain your business to your target audience by managing content on your website on your own. A CMS enables you to do exactly the same by allowing you to edit and manage content yourself, that too without learning the complexities of HTML and other technologies.

  • Allows you to schedule your updates: One of the key factors that play a big role in the success of a website is posting fresh content on regular basis. Although search engines are known to give more importance to fresh content, many website owners fail to live up to the challenge of regularly posting fresh content on their websites. That it may, some CMS providers, like Joomla and Wordpress, come to the rescue of such website owners by allowing them to schedule their content.
    So, if you have written 20 articles, you can easily schedule them for the next 20 days and sit relaxed, since your CMS will now ensure that fresh articles are posted on your website on daily basis.

  • Boosts your SEO Efforts: We all know that a website begins generating business only after it is visible to users. And one of the many benefits of CMS is that it supports your SEO efforts by allowing you to make changes in real time to include high-ranking keywords. Improved search-engine results for your website translates into high traffic on your site and better conversion rates.

  • Allows to change design elements with ease: A CMS eliminates the need of going through complex HTML code just to change different parts of your website. Via CMS, you can use templates to make changes in the header, footer, sidebar and add widgets. Moreover, online marketers can use plugins to edit the site design elements for making their respective websites even more attractive to visitors.

  • Improves customer service: With a CMS, you can give your users the freedom of contacting you through your website, rather than taking the pain of sending e-mails. Through a customer service system in your CMS, you can swiftly handle your customer complaints and improve your brand value. FAQs, help sections and support forms go a long way in keeping your customers gratified with your website.

    The Takeaway: Offering a nice way to customers to directly get in touch with you raises the bars of their satisfaction and significantly improves the rate of customer retention. Thus, choose a CMS that involves a public component to allow your customers to directly contact you whenever needed.

  • Gives rise to better communication with your customers: Since many emails systems recognize marketing mails as junk, a CMS sets a great platform for your customers to get useful information directly from your website.

  • Security: Content management systems offer high security since they store your information in a database system that is highly protected by access control mechanisms. Therefore, you stay rest-assured that your vital information is accessible only to authorized users. Website attacks have become common nowadays, which is why more and more businesses want to secure their website content by opting for a CMS-based website.

  • Saves cost: Since you can easily edit and manage your website content yourself, you save the cost of paying to an outside consultant or services for performing the same tasks. You don’t even need to hire a highly skilled developer to update or publish new content on your website. In a nutshell, a CMS saves significant operational cost of your website.

CMSes have made content publishing and web designing a cakewalk. You can monetize your site by installing plugins that allow visitors to communicate, connect with social networks, and much more. These are the major reasons why CMS is becoming the first choice of online marketers and is called the future of web development.

If you have any experience in CMS web development, please help us all improve our knowledge on the topic with your vital views in the comment box below.

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What was your main aim behind building a website for your company? You would say, to promote your business and market your products, right? But a bigger question is do we know another stark reality - Without an appealing web design, most of your efforts to monetize visitors go in vain. Now that we are in 2017 already, it’s paramount to figure out what trends will appear and evolve in web design this year. So, here is a complete list of top web design trends that will rule the web in 2017.

Top Web Design Trends to Look Out for in 2017


  • Vertical user flows: That mobiles have become a commonplace for users to surf the internet, web designers would feel enticed to give their websites the feel of vertical patterns and scrolling. Even Google confirmed last year that it witnessed more searches via smartphones than desktops. So, it’s important that your web design allows users to scroll more on smaller screens. In a nutshell, vertical user interfaces will become the thing of present in 2017 to lure prospective customers into visiting your sites, and thereby increasing conversion rates.


  • Card-style interface designs: Card-style designs are becoming ubiquitous since they help a great deal in giving personalized experiences built on collection of many individual pieces of content. Knowing that cards provide a perfect view of content from different sources, popular sites like Facebook and Pinterest have already joined the bandwagon of card-style architecture. Rise of mobile technologies has greatly contributed to the emergence of card-style interface designs.


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Cards-layouts are a great medium to communicate stories and make it much easier for users to scan blocks. The freedom users get to view content immediately and as they wish is the biggest reason we find card-style interfaces in several apps, websites and printed pieces. And this trend is highly likely to surge in 2017 right from where it ended in 2017.


  • High quality background videos and images: Users understand a story more clearly when they see visuals and motions on your website in the form of photos, 3D graphics and HD quality videos. A website background with large-sized photos or headers with large images or hero headers gives users an entranced view your website. Thanks to recent advancements in mobile technology for making it possible to reduce bandwidth and compress images without compromising on quality.

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According to ClickZ, online content video views surpassed 50 billion a month for the first time on record. The implication is crystal clear, grace your website with snappy background image and high quality videos to grab the attention of users.


  • Motion animations: Anything that involves movement catches a human eye. Motion animations rose in popularity in 2015 and the path is set for them to surge even higher in 2017. We can expect their sizes to decrease, but they are a great medium to keep users engaged while they wait for content to load. Web designers first need to identify the purpose tiny animations have to serve so that they can create the desired effect on users.



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  • Stylish loading bars: We all know that users quickly disappear from sites that take more than four to six seconds to load. The remedy to the poorly designed loading page is a loading page itself, but it must keep users interested and doesn’t let them drive away from your site. The loading page can tell users the story of what you do. For example, a car-selling site could have a loading bar that looks like a car running towards the finishing line.


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  • Unique typography: Typography is where art meets text. In 2017, designers will realize the potential of typography to give their websites a unique look. The typeface of your website is important for branding since it plays a big role in whole representation of your website. You must ask these two questions to yourself before deciding on the typography for your website:


Which fonts could reflect your brand identity?

Can users see in them the message you want to deliver?


Typography indeed has an impact on conversion rates, thus it’s very imperative that you make use of more usable web type tools like Google Fonts and Adobe Typekit.



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  • Hamburger menu: Since the whole world is moving towards smaller screens, hamburger menus are expected to rise to even more popularity. A hamburger menu rids the need of taking too much room on a website. Hamburger menus make a site appear free of navigation clutter like drop-downs, social icons, search bars and utility links. Since most people are familiar with the usage of a hamburger menu, web designers would like to place navigation under it in 2017.



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  • Websites with full-screen slides: We have already seen websites with sliders where images move within a frame to display content. These slides then transformed into full-screen slides. These full-screen slides bring new content after being refreshed with a click, scroll or timed effect. The advantage of these full-screen slides is that they give users a physical experience as they navigate forward and backward. In 2017, we can expect an abundance of sites trying to nack upon on this concept.


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  • Bold colors: Web designers will increasingly make use of vibrant colors and bold tone combinations to add a unique eye appeal to their websites. Unlike 2015 when more monotone big colors designs were used, larger and brighter color palettes will be used in 2017.


Web design trends keep on evolving to add more to site aesthetics, be it visual or text. The above examples are top trends that seem to reign web designing in 2017. If you have any experience in web designing and want to add more to what has already been discussed, please share them in the comment box below.


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Having a website is a top priority for nearly all businesses in modern times. A website not only helps generates more business, but also improves customer service and brand value. Now that 3.17 billion people have access to the internet, online presence is paramount for every business - irrespective of their sizes - to increase sales and establish a good foothold in the market. However, there is often confusion to choose between in-house web development project and web development project outsourcing.

 

In this blog, I am shedding light on three top reasons as to how outsourcing your web development project is always better than in-house web development: Cost, Time and Quality

 

  1. Cost:

By outsourcing a web development project, you shell out much lesser money than what you are required for in-house web development.

  • You are not required to manage human resources, hire a qualified staff, pay them salaries and several employee benefits.
  • Web development outsourcing also eliminates the need of buying expensive hardware and software.
  • You get SEO/marketing specialists at a very economical price to draw high traffic to your website and earn high ROI. 

 

Cost is important to every business, no matter how big or successful it is. By outsourcing your web development project, you save a lot of money and take the burden off your shoulders to get the end result.

  1. Time:

Web development outsourcing saves you a lot of time, allowing you to focus on important business related tasks.

  • You need not to waste your precious time hunting for developers.
  • No need to hire trainers and allocate a period of time to get the developers trained to get acquainted with latest tools.
  • Since you outsource your web development project to a company that has experienced developers with a good track record, you get your website developed in quick time.
  • You save a lot of time that is often wasted on addressing employee concerns.

 

If your website witnesses sudden surge in traffic, you need not to worry as all will be taken care by the outsource company. It saves you a lot of money that you otherwise spend on web scalability.

  1. Quality: 

The main purpose behind developing a website is to increase user engagement, sales and numbers of visitors. All these goals can be achieved if your website is developed using latest tools, has a nice UI and is highly interactive. Outsourcing your web development project ensures top-notch quality of your website since expert developers take on your project and incorporate all the important features into your website to make it a big success.

  • Outsource web development company deploys experienced team of designers, developers, and marketing specialists to yield good results for your web development project.
  • Outsource company keeps abreast of latest trends and best cases to help your website reach specific goals.
  • Helps improve corporate identity and search visibility of your brand.
  • Experience in web projects helps you get more customers through marketing campaign and implementation of conversion optimization strategy.

 

You can also find online project management tools, like FindNerd and Jira, in tech market to hire a team of developers and effectively manage your web development project without facing hassles that one usually faces with in-house web development team. Offshore web development project management is hard to manage, but online project management tools come with intriguing features like session tracker, flawless invoice generation, sprint and many more to ensure trouble free project management. Moreover, project managers can easily check the status of their projects from any corner of the world 24x7 and stay relaxed as far as web development management and timely completion is concerned.

 

After considering all these benefits of outsourcing your web development project, it makes enough sense to go for it without a second thought. In addition to saving you both money and time, web development outsourcing gets your business more customers and bolster your coffer.

 

Please share your vital inputs about web development outsourcing in the comment box below.

 

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