If you have been working in the web development space for as long as we have, then we may all agree that despite the remarkable tools that we have at our disposal today, the domain has more or less stabilised today with regard to the tools we use. Come to think of it, developers around the world execute client projects using the same combination of tools. For instance, Google Chrome, as we all know, is the first browser of choice for many users and developers. WordPress powers millions of websites and developers continue to design websites using them. There is Bootstrap for chalking out readymade layouts and themes. However, it doesn’t mean that developers are losing creativity but just that websites have a common undercurrent. Having said that, even clients hiring a dedicated developer are more likely to view final output on similar lines. This has a negative effect too – heavy reliance on one tool can be potentially dangerous in security terms and stifle innovation. In this blogpost, we will take a look at where this web development of a homogenous stature stands as of today and deliberate on the same.
Suppose there were multiple Content Management System (CMS) tools available to build websites and developers built custom portals that gave clients the authority to manage by themselves in a limited way. While this is good news for those clients having the same developer, this does not bode well for the next developer who gets to handle the website, in case there is a falling out with the previous developer. Developers would need to go back to basics, analyse every piece of code in detail – essentially starting from scratch. However, the arrival of wholesome tools like WordPress enabled developers to easily take over an existing website without any sort of uncertainties. Even with the blatant presence of dissimilar plugins and themes, extensive troubleshooting is possible. This is because the basic foundation is consistent – a common platform by the name of WordPress.
Building upon the aforementioned factor, there is also the issue of finding the most reliable tool for client assignments.What once was considered as quite challenging a decade back can now be easily accomplished with the right tools – e-commerce sector comes to mind here. But as the industry matured and market leaders emerged, it became easier for developers to choose from a reliable set of tools. Agreed, it is still a challenge to craft such niche websites but the initiating process has certainly brought that risk factor down.
Once developers take hold of the few established and reliable tools, it then becomes much efficient to craft applications. Developers are now aware of the few variables and elements concerned with their particular project and off to a great start. These can then be customised according to the project requirements to deliver on the same, often impressing the client. All of this is possible because of the homogeneity factor – a set of established tools with ample resources and support.
Clients can hire a dedicated PHP developer to design applications at a much faster pace with great accuracy and effectiveness. But most importantly, it becomes easier to manage them and rectify critical issues ahead of time for we have reliable resources at our disposal. No more groping in the dark for extended periods. This is the current state of affairs in web development today.
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