• risk reversal

    What is Risk Reversal?

    Essentially, risk reversal is a strategy that transfers some or all the risk of a venture from one party to another. In most cases, it involves risk transferring from the customer or prospect to the seller. Risk reversal is such an effective strategy because it goes against everything we’ve been taught when it comes to… View Article

    Insight 2021-04-26
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    The Biggest Problem Companies Have with Web Development

    Although many challenges can set the average development project back for days or even weeks, the most unfortunate stories that we hear aren’t about delays. Instead, they’re about a simple, innocuous habit that even the most conscientious developers can do without thinking. So, what’s this big issue? The biggest problem we see in development today… View Article

    Insight 2021-04-26
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    How to Have Hard Conversations with Clients

    There are many situations that can prompt difficult conversations. Sometimes, new or potential clients have a strong vision of how they want their project to look, and are not willing to compromise when a development team tells them that their ideas are not feasible. Other times, clients want to force a change in scope, or… View Article

    Insight 2021-01-28
  • project manager

    How to Hire the Best Project Managers for Your Development Company

    In a recent podcast, we talked about how we’ve learned how to develop great client relationships, and why we’ve made this such a meaningful institutional priority. Treating clients like family isn’t something that just happens. Our project managers and account management team are instrumental in turning this policy from a theory into a reality. Today,… View Article

    Insight 2021-01-21
  • SimplyPHP philosophy

    How SimplyPHP Treats Clients Like Family

    While that approach may work for some, we made the decision early on to go a different way. One of the things that we’re most proud of at SimplyPHP is how we treat clients like family. Today, we’ll talk about how this approach trickles down from our founders to managers and developers, and how we’ve… View Article

    Insight 2021-01-18
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    How to Facilitate Better Communication with Clients

    Every development company or agency has their own strategy, and methods of communication that they have tried and tested and have stuck with over the years. Today, we’ll lay out some different options for improving your agency’s communication strategy with clients. We hope some of these suggestions resonate with you, but the most important thing… View Article

    Insight 2020-12-22
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    How Companies Can Tell They’ve Outgrown Their Single Developer

    However, as your company grows and begins to expand, you may soon be faced with a choice: stay with your single freelance developer and work within the confines of their abilities or start looking for a larger development company that can handle your growth. How will you know when that time has come? 5 Signs… View Article

    Insight 2020-12-18
  • simplyphp, agencies, freelancer

    The Key Differences Between Development Agencies and Freelancers

    In the past, we’ve written a lot about hiring the right development company, but we haven’t spent as much time talking about the alternatives. One of the most popular alternatives is the freelance developer. Instead of working for a larger company, freelance developers generally work alone, interacting with clients directly. They have control over their… View Article

    Insight 2020-12-16
  • when hiring dev company

    The Most Important Warning Signs to Know When Hiring a Development Company

    While trusting in your developers is important, too many people overlook critical warning signs from their development team until it’s too late. This can lead to unsatisfactory deliverables, and a process that’s much more stressful than it needs to be. Instead of continuing down a path that will only lead to disappointment, make sure you’re… View Article

    Insight 2020-10-15
  • What’s the Difference Between a Senior Developer & Lead Developer?

    Development companies should be encouraged to have their own standards, and work with all of their team members to make sure they’re aware of the differences between positions. Not only does this keep communication organized, it also helps empower young staff members so they can set themselves up for better positions in the future. Companies… View Article

    Insight 2020-10-15
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    Advice for Technical Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

    Advice for Technical Start-ups and Entrepreneurs Despite there being plenty of media dramatizing the early days of tech start-ups (The Social Network and Silicon Valley) to name a few, the truth is these stories have been written to entertain, not to provide an exact accounting of what happened. Between stories that paint a totally unrealistic… View Article

    Insight 2020-10-15
  • simplyphp, article, hire, staff

    How Development Companies Can Hire the Best Staff

    Plus, if you don’t choose the right person, it can cost your company thousands of dollars. The U.S. Department of Labor recently estimated the cost of a bad hire to be 30% of their yearly salary, while Swedish recruiter and hiring guru Jörgen Sundberg puts the cost at an astronomical $240,000. While Sundberg’s data might… View Article

    Insight 2020-09-23
  • Tips for Leading a Team of Developers

    Tips for Leading a Team of Developers

    If you’re a newly minted team leader or manager, or just hope to get there one day, the thought of taking on the challenge of a leadership role like this might be intimidating. Many developers can rationally assess their coding skills, but aren’t as good at seeing their value when it comes to other contributions… View Article

    Insight 2020-09-16

    Best Practices for Replatforming

    There are many reasons to make the decision to move to a new ecommerce platform. Many companies chose to replatform because they feel that their money isn’t achieving as high a return on investment as they’d like. They may also be vulnerable to slumping sales, or find that their current platform has pitfalls that they… View Article

    Insight 2020-07-13
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    How Does Moving from Shopify to Magento Help Grow Your Business?

    In the tumultuous period following the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve seen lots of businesses make the decision to pivot their operations, and while doing everything possible to help their business survive. This adventurous and creative outlook is key to a successful small business, but it can sometimes get in the way of long-term success. That’s… View Article

    Insight 2020-06-22
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    Leadership in Action: How Managers Can Show They Care When Their Team is Remote

    In researching this article, we thought it was interesting (and telling) that the first autocomplete result when you search “how bosses” on Google was “how bosses are (literally) like dictators”. For every person who feels like they’re working under a masochistic autocrat, you’ll find someone else who loves their boss and feels supported, appreciated, and… View Article

    Insight 2020-05-27
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    Tips for Aspiring Leaders in Development

    This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that with a bit of training, effort, and determination, anyone can learn and perfect the leadership skills that are required for management positions. Some people are born naturally gifted in these areas, but others who reach the same level of success in their careers are… View Article

    Insight 2020-05-20
  • Trust vs accountability

    Trust vs Accountability: What’s the Difference?

    This can lead to a lack of trust, and a disintegration of company morale as managers are forced to spend their time micromanaging both projects and staff. If you didn’t have a system for remote work in place before this pandemic, you’re probably facing this struggle right now. It can be really difficult to transition… View Article

    Insight 2020-05-13
  • leaders

    How Leaders Can Cultivate Empathy

    Many people assume that empathy is an innate trait. Although many people are very gifted and natural empaths, it doesn’t mean that this quality must be present from birth. Empathy can be learned, and the more you practice it, the more adept you become at understanding other people’s complex feelings and emotions. Although everyone in… View Article

    Insight 2020-05-06

    Accountability and Discipline: How to Use These in a Remote Workplace

    Most of us are struggling right now, and a large part of that is due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Working in the midst of chaos is never easy, and this time the instability is coming at us from all sides. We’re scared for our health, and may be especially concerned about family members who… View Article

    Insight 2020-04-30
  • project manager, simplyphp

    How Great Project Management Can Help Keep Staff on Track

    We’re all working remotely, and many of us are dealing with taking care of young children who are out of school, or elderly parents who are at increased risk for illness, especially in our climate right now. However, if you’re fortunate enough to still have a job, there’s work to be done. Setting up your… View Article

    Insight 2020-04-20
  • Magento agency, simplyphp

    Why You Should Use an Agency for Your Magento Project

    Platforms like these allow you to drag and drop elements to build your own store, which makes it easier for a beginner with no coding experience to quickly set up a basic shop. However, when you want to build an ecommerce store that’s personalized to your company, and can grow with your business, Magento is… View Article

    Insight 2020-04-02
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    When Should I Make the Switch to Magento?

    Deciding which platform to set up shop with can be complex, and requires a good understanding of the current and future needs of your business. Ideally, the right platform will grow with you, and should be able to accept any demands that you put on it. However, sometimes your business is so successful that you… View Article

    Insight 2020-03-24
  • Common reasons for late projets, simplyphp

    Common Reasons for Late Projects

    Any reputable development company will do everything they can to get your project completed on time, including late-night code sprints and brainstorming sessions to troubleshoot any lingering issues. However, the truth that you may not want to acknowledge is that some of the most common issues that delay projects are caused by both the development… View Article

    Insight 2020-03-18
  • management article

    Best Management Resources for Coders

    So you’ve gotten to the coveted role of senior developer or even manager, and you’re going to be stepping into a new role for the first time. Moving from a more junior role up to the management level is a big step. It requires abilities that stretch beyond coding and development. Instead of managing your… View Article

    Insight 2020-02-27
  • PHP Dev

    Top Mistakes That Companies Make in PHP Development

    It takes a lot to get a PHP project off the ground. First, the company or person with the idea needs to determine what they want and need from their app or website. Then, they have to hire the right company, and determine how to work together to create the best possible project. There’s a… View Article

    Insight 2020-02-11
  • simplyphp

    The Benefits of Hacking for Programmers

    Many people who have a programming background or have trained in computer science love any movie with a great hacking scene. They make the entire profession look unbelievably cool, even if the hacking scenes are dramatized to the point of total exaggeration. In reality, most of our experience with hackers involves trying to prevent them… View Article

    Insight 2020-01-24
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    Balancing Front End and Back End Requirements

    While full-stack developers do exist, the volume of work they would have to shoulder to develop an entire project on their own has made this position almost untenable in our modern work environment. Many people who specialize in front-end design or back-end development have developed detailed and specialized expertise that makes them an asset to… View Article

    Insight 2020-01-15
  • advice and ressources

    Advice and Resources for Young Web Programmers

    What you’ll quickly learn is that most advice is based on the advice-giver’s personal experience, and not everything works for 100% of the population. The best way to navigate the learning process is to experiment, and try new things to see what works for you. Ultimately, programming and development are career paths that are extremely… View Article

    Insight 2019-12-06
  • pros and cons languages

    Pros and Cons of Different Programming Languages

    Ultimately, whatever programming language you pick, it should be something that works for you and your skills. The best tool is only as good as the person using it. If you work hard and master one language, it’s going to be much more useful for you than several different languages that you’ve only studied for… View Article

    Insight 2019-09-26
  • University Education

    How to Evolve Beyond Your University Education (for Developers)

    This field moves so quickly, and evolves at such a rapid pace that it’s not enough to rely on a university or college education. You need to be continually improving your skills, and learning about the newest technologies and tools in order to have any chance of getting hired in this field. Staying in this… View Article

    Insight 2019-09-16
  • senior dev

    When Should You Call Yourself a Senior Developer?

    One benefit of picking development as your career is that it’s an extremely egalitarian meritocracy. According to a Stack Overflow survey, 30% of people who use the title ‘Senior Developer’ are still in their 20s. That’s different than fields like medicine or education, which still look at length of experience as the ultimate marker of… View Article

    Insight 2019-08-29
  • How to Deal When Management Doesn’t Have Technical Knowledge

    How to Deal When Management Doesn’t Have Technical Knowledge

    If you’re a developer working with a management team that doesn’t understand the nature of what you do, it can make your job extremely difficult. The onus is on you to communicate the value of your work, and ask for what you need in a way that can be understood. If you’re a decent communicator,… View Article

    Insight 2019-08-28
  • Before You Hire a New Employee, Do the Job Yourself

    If you have no idea of their job responsibilities, it becomes very difficult to effectively manage or support your employees. This is especially true for technical positions. Being ignorant of their responsibilities means that there’s no way to know if they’re delivering quality work. An employee who isn’t being managed effectively is a waste of… View Article

    Insight 2019-07-25
  • How to Deal with Roadblocks During Your Development Project

    Most development projects will run into roadblocks at some point. It happens all the time. The overall success of your project will ultimately be determined by how you handle these setbacks. This isn’t to say that you should spend the entire timeline of the project worrying. Actually, worrying is one of the last things you… View Article

    Insight 2019-07-23
  • Are Your Dev Team’s Delays Legit?

    They came to the logical conclusion that the only way to share in the profits of the internet explosion was to build their own websites and develop other web-based tools. After all, if was so successful, surely they could build something comparable. This led to a boom of companies hiring in-house developers. Not only… View Article

    Insight 2019-07-23
  • Why You Should Visit Your Provider

    In 2019, this may not seem like a revolutionary idea, but for many companies it is. There are lots of companies that are satisfied with a few emails and the occasional video conference making up the bulk of their relationship with important partners and vendors. Instead of relying on impersonal email and chat programs like… View Article

    Insight 2019-07-03
  • You Want to Say Yes, But Here’s Why You Should Say No

    Over the years that we’ve been in this business, we’ve had lots of clients and staff come and go. One thing we’ve learned is that there are going to be times where you want to say “yes”, but in reality, “no” is the right answer. It takes a lot of guts to walk away from… View Article

    Insight 2019-06-18
  • Budgeting for Roadblocks, and More Details To Help Your Development Project

    Hoping for the best, and excitedly planning how you’ll use your updated functionality to grow your business is thrilling, and can be extremely motivating. However, the reality is that there are often roadblocks on the road to roll-out, and the best way to deal with them is with careful advance preparation. Today, we’re going to… View Article

    Insight 2019-05-17
  • How to Prepare For Your Next Development Project

    For many small business owners or managers, this process intimidates them because they feel that they don’t have enough technical knowledge to ask for what they need. This guide for preparing for your next development project should help you feel more confident, and give you the tools that you’ll need to pick a qualified development… View Article

    Insight 2019-05-15
  • SimplyPHP: Our History and Our Values

    Originally, our two co-founders were given the opportunity to acquire the Mentel Company. They immediately combined their skills to make the company as successful as possible. Both came from unique backgrounds, and brought in their own skill sets honed from years of experience to make the venture a success. They diversified into web development, and… View Article

    Insight 2019-04-30
  • Beware! What you get isn’t always what it seems.

    Focusing on price alone can ironically be an expensive mistake. Sometimes it’s better to cut features and go with a more established company then to invest in an unstable development that will cost you much more to re-configure or rebuild entirely in the long run. When aiming for a steady progression towards success, consistency is… View Article

    Insight 2019-04-29
  • In-House Developers Ensure the Success of Your Web Development Project

    When you outsource, it’s hard to know exactly what your relationship with the company will be, and it’s very easy to become just another cog in a massive offshore web development machine. We’re here today to tell you that it doesn’t need to be this way. By carefully choosing a web development partner, you can… View Article

    Insight 2019-04-24
  • My Two Cents About Why PHP Is The Best Bet For Your Project

    Let’s say you have a dream web project that might revolutionize the internet (if you execute it properly). Where do you start? What technology is required? It can be very overwhelming when it comes to those details, and not everyone understands the technical aspects of the web. I’ll try to give my two cents about… View Article

    Insight 2019-02-13
  • Web Development “Bait and Switch”

    You’ve been dreaming of a web project for years now and you’ve finally raised enough money to put your dreams into action. Unfortunately, there’s a big chance your dream will never reach the web. Why? You’re going to be taken advantage of, and you’re going to lose your money. Too often, ordinary people with money… View Article

    Insight 2019-02-13
  • Networking: How Do You Know If Your Client Is Satisfied?

    I recently took the time to reflect on the more notable moments of the year that just passed and began implementing a new approach in terms of the way I handle networking and by doing so, I came to a halting realization. I don’t have any connection with any of our clients. Being part of… View Article

    Insight 2019-02-01