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Top 3 Tips for Offshore PHP Development

PHP is one of the most widely used programming languages for web development. As a server-side scripted language it is easily embedded into HTML. The versatility of PHP allows you to build and create websites, e-commerce stores and portals very quickly. As PHP is an open source technology it is attractive to companies and developers who are looking to keep down development costs. Another way to reduce costs is by hiring offshore PHP development programmers from countries in Eastern Europe, India and others. You can cut staffing costs by 40% or more but if you’re not careful the project management and work submitted may cause more headaches than you imagined. Here are three top tips to consider when considering offshore PHP web development.

#1 Decide On A PHP Freelancer or Company

if_Freelance_2745912If you’ve decided to go down the offshore PHP development road you have two options. You can either hire an individual PHP developer or contract the work to a company to supply the programmer. Choosing an individual may work out cheaper initially but there are several disadvantages. He or she may become ill, or disappear or simply not be able to finish the work on time to the necessary standard. In a worst case scenario you may lose all or part of your money and receive little in return. Choosing to go with a reputable development company may cost more but provides better security. By signing a legal contract you get more chance of a finished project on budget. The company will be responsible for the developer and can change them if things are going wrong. A sizeable software development business will provide additional benefits like a stable infrastructure and industry standard development processes.

#2 Investigate PHP Skills And Certifications

if_icon-86-document-file-php_315708Whether you hire a software company or a PHP freelancer take some steps to research their abilities in PHP website development. Check out any certifications on freelance portals or ask for them directly. Prepare interview questions based on your requirements and grill them thoroughly in a technical interview. If you choose an offshore PHP development company ask about their team of PHP developers and their procedures if there are problems with the staff, project time-scales or costs.

#3 Ask For Previous Project Feedback And References

if_startup_feedback_1243628Once you’ve narrowed down the offshore PHP web development company or individual to those with suitable skills get client testimonials. Ask for details of previous clients and contact them for feedback on PHP projects. You’ll learn a lot from their experience working with the company or developer. If former clients were happy with their style of working and communication you will be too.


The tips above should point you in the right direction when it comes to hiring a good offshore PHP web development company or individual. The potential cost savings certainly make this a route worth considering. But do your research before committing to an offshore development service. You want to make sure your offshore partner can deliver your PHP project on time, budget and with minimal problems

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  1. Jessica Barnes
    August 22, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Hello, I read your article, very useful tips! I would like to suggest that if you will add more tips such as "Can they Communicate Properly?" and "Analyze the expense and advantages offered by various web application developers". Thanx

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  2. David Stephan
    October 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    All these three tips are great they are very useful before hiring the PHP developer. It is important to make sure that your project is in safe hands. So, you should check the client reviews and testimonials online.

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  3. Mark Wilston
    January 12, 2016 at 10:14 am

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    • admin (Author)
      September 18, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Dear Mark, I read your article with great interest. Thanks!

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  4. Paul
    August 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Useful tips! I definitely agree it's necessary to verify the level of professionality of developer and his/her experiences. I would add that for those who never outsourced before would be useful to start with some small less important project or a part of project. The chosen developer could prove his experiences and both sides can find out if this type of cooperation is a good way to the future bigger projects (or the whole project). We have wrote something about that there If you would like to read our point of view. But you describe the "selection process" and thats really important.

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    • admin (Author)
      July 18, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The devil is in the detail...

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  5. Antonnette
    June 8, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for sharing those simple and important tips to consider on hiring a good offshore web developer.

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    • admin (Author)
      June 8, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      We'd love to help you on this matter. Got an idea for your next big Web or Mobile App?

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  6. Stacey Bloom
    October 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    These are great tips. I personally always go with a freelancer rather than a company. I feel it's best to hand pick a person rather than get a random person from a company. Yeah I'm sure some companies would let me hand pick, but then there's only a select few to choose from. With freelance workers, it's better because the world is so full of them and there is much to look into.

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    • admin (Author)
      October 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Many thanks for your valuable comment, Stacey. Do you have a spare minute to discuss it? In my opinion a company, for instance, Echo is much better option than a freelancer.

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