If clothes make the man, the design makes the website. That's where potential customers start evaluating a product. The SaaS website can (and should) be an online lead-generation machine, so each component of it has to be as good as possible. As people generally remember the first and the last thing they see, having impressive header and footer can go a long way towards making your product successful. What do some of the best SaaS companies do with their websites’ headers/footers? Look at this list to get and keep in mind some ideas for custom software development while building or redesigning your SaaS website.
There are three main tools for the SaaS lead generation: lead capture forms, live chats, and chatbots. Using chatbots is the most cost-effective way among these alternatives to generate qualified leads for the sales team. Are there case studies to prove that? Of course! Let's learn what successful SaaS companies are doing.
Choosing the right technology stack before your SaaS development can be a challenging task. What is the best tech stack to develop a SAAS application? Let's discover the hottest technology stacks of the most popular SaaS startups and apps. This list will be updated soon if you would like it, and share it.
Market research before custom software development of a SaaS product starts with getting the list of successful SaaS companies already operated in the US market. When did they found? What is the industry they operate in, their offer for customers, and the business idea behind the app? What tech stack do they use? What are details of their journey to million-dollars in annual revenue? How much funding did they get?
«Microservices» or «microservice architectural style» is an approach to developing a single application as a suite of small parts – services accessed through APIs - as opposed to «monolithic architectural style» when an application is built as a single unit. It allows different microservices to be written in different programming languages, and they can also be managed by different teams. When is it a good idea to use this architecture in custom software development and why do we use Lumen to build microservices?
PHP is widely used for custom software development. Usage statistics indicate that PHP accounts for over 80 percent of all websites, topping 240 million sites according to the Netcraft web server survey (2013), here is another survey with the same results. PHP 7 (2015) is the most important revolution for PHP since the release of PHP 5 in 2004. The speed of PHP 7 and security improvements alone make upgrading to PHP 7 worthwhile. In this post, we will discuss these improvements in more details.
Here, at Belitsoft PHP development company, we constantly learn best practices of custom software development from our experience and from other developers. What is a 10x software developer? Is it the one who writes 10x more lines of code than others? Or provides the better solution that requires 10x less work? Or works more than 8 hours a day? Let's listen to ... the 10x programmers. How do they live and how do they work? Definitely, all of them work and live smarter than others...
Laravel framework is very popular for custom software development. It is the Most Starred PHP Framework on Github: more than 35 000 developers from all over the world (mostly from the USA) greatly appreciate robust features of this platform. Based on data of the BuiltWith, Laravel's popular websites verticals include Business, Entertainment, Media, News, Shopping, Technology, Vehicles. Why is Laravel so popular?
Our custom software developers devote some of their free time to participate in weekend hackathons*. They are already known among professional developers’ community as winners of the What the Hack 2014 (for the alarm box equipped with LEDs that reacts to signals coming from the Internet) and the winner of the special award for innovation in banking & finance at FinTech Minsk Hackathon 2015.
Companies that hire remote (distributed, virtual, dispersed, or dedicated) workers and do it well seem to have a huge leg up on the competition. Let’s learn how these successful SaaS companies use global talents to increase software quality and reduce the cost of rent and office supplies: Basecamp, Buffer, Chargify, Convertkit, Ghost(pro), Groove, Hubstaff, Invision, Olark, and Zapier. As the company where you can find a remote PHP developer, we believe that you could utilize their experience and expertise to build your own full remote SaaS company.
Belitsoft has a huge experience in MVP software development for startups and prototypes for existing brands. MVP is a minimal version of the product with the minimum set of features that is enough to deploy and test the key hypothesis to solve problems of this product’ potential customers. Experts suggest that, in B2B, it’s not an MVP until you sell it. Viable means you can sell it.
The way to get profitable startup idea is not to try to think of startup ideas (including SaaS development). It's to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself. In fact, for many entrepreneurs, successful business ideas start out as solutions designed to address a challenge they face personally. Solving the problem that frustrates you may be one of the best ways of finding an idea for your startup. Look at these software developers who turned their problem into success.
Built With Laravel: 10+ Reputable Companies and Startups that Use Laravel Framework for their Web Projects
When developers propose using a modern MVC framework (such as Laravel) over a CMS (such as WordPress), non-tech stakeholders are sometimes unsure whether it is the right choice. Prebuilt CMS might seem a money/time saver and a more obvious tool to accomplish their business tasks. However, when is it really better to use a CMS rather than a typical modern framework for custom software development?
What are some popular myths in software development? Why are they myths, and how did they become popular? Some of these are myths because they were once true, other because they are convenient distortions in order to promote an agenda, and some because they are naive over-simplifications. Do you agree with these opinions?
Laravel is the Most Starred PHP Framework on Github: more than 30 000 developers from all over the world (mostly from the USA) use it for custom software development. Thinking about Laravel 5 but don’t know where to start? Among the features that make Laravel framework better than others there are awesome documentation, community and step-by-step tutorials. In this post, to save your time, we've gathered expert advices on how to download, install and configure your first Laravel-based project.
PHP 7 introduced new features: scalar type declarations and return type declarations. In this post we will show how these features makes the maintenance of large pieces of code significantly easier by multiple developers and writing more robust tests. For the owner of the large PHP-based application it means more quality with less money spent in a long-term perspective for their custom software development.
Web application should run as quickly as possible. Amazon found that every 100ms of latency cost them 1% in sales. Google found that extra .5 seconds in search page generation time dropped traffic by 20%. Broker can lose $4 million in revenues per millisecond if his electronic trading platform is 5 milliseconds behind the competition! It is important not just to develop web application but to develop fast web application, which will result in accelerating revenue. Is Laravel fast enough to use it for custom software development?
Software Requirements Specification Document (SRS) gives business owners a clear vision of how much does it cost to develop their custom software product (web, mobile or desktop one). Who should write a software requirement specification? A business analyst. Belitsoft as a business analysis services company can help you with writing an SRS. Get a free quote or check out how to start custom software development without creating an SRS!
Failed projects are those one that do not meet the original time, cost and quality requirements criteria. IT projects fail without well-defined software requirements. The software requirements specification is a collection of requirements for a particular software product, program, or set of programs that performs certain functions in a specific environment and the criteria for determining whether those requirements are met.
One-half of unsuccessful projects are related to ineffective communications and this translates to US$75,000 that are at risk for every US$1 million spent on the projects, according to the business research from The Project Management Institute (the US nonprofit professional organization for project management, 480,000+ members). A company is not only risking funds, but also it is risking project success rates.