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Chris Shiflett

Hi, I’m Chris: entrepreneur, community leader, husband, and father. I live and work in Boulder, CO.

The Birth of a PHP Consultancy

I'm flying to Tennessee this Wednesday to spend a few days meeting with MusiChristian.com and Patrick Reilly. Although I have yet to announce my new PHP consultancy (more on that later), this engagement marks the start of business.

The purpose of the trip is to gain a better understanding of MusiChristian.com's business needs and to help evaluate how their web presence can best fulfill these needs. Their existing web solution is implemented in PHP, and there are several reasons why they have decided to develop a new solution. The most notable reasons are frequent reliability and security problems, and from speaking with Patrick, it sounds like these problems stem from a poor design.

I hope to have the opportunity to help MusiChristian.com enhance and secure their online presence and add value to their already thriving business. It's nice to see businesses taking advantage of PHP like this, and if things go well, I might be able to play a small role in their continued success.

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The Birth of a PHP Consultancy was posted on Mon, 28 Feb 2005. If you liked it, follow me on Twitter or share:


1.Adam Trachtenberg said:

Loving that consultancy...

Tue, 01 Mar 2005 at 00:45:19 GMT Link

2.Alan Knowles said:

be a little carefull about saying who you clients are, until after the work is done.

Saying you are working for a 'major music web site' or something, is often more tackfull..

You dont get fired for blogging about your work when you are a consultant, you just have to be carefull to not annoy your clients :)

Congrats anyway,


Tue, 01 Mar 2005 at 03:40:13 GMT Link

3.Chris Shiflett said:

Thanks, guys. :-)

Making my involvement public is something that the client wants, in this case, so it won't annoy them. This post was actually made to start a "Live Project Journal" at Zend:


Wed, 02 Mar 2005 at 03:58:15 GMT Link

4.GWild said:

Congrats. Hope it works out well.

Wed, 02 Mar 2005 at 14:02:04 GMT Link

5.ali said:

I also think thereis plenty of annoying graphics, such as in menus etc.. they can be replaced with text+css to have give same feelings...

Wed, 02 Mar 2005 at 21:36:38 GMT Link

6.Jim Plush said:

Glad to see you're on your way Chris :)

also glad to see an ecommerce company worried about security.

Before I fixed my old company's ecommerce site they used to manually download the orders off the web, print them out in the office and type them in another system WITH CREDIT CARD #'s on all the printouts ;)

just out and about for all to see who walk by. they did millions on that site too, sad sad.

Sat, 12 Mar 2005 at 02:12:37 GMT Link

7.Nate Cavanaugh said:

Are you a Christian? I am, and it's always cool to find other Christians, especially those good with PHP :)

If not, just ignore me :)

(BTW, you are my hero :) )

Tue, 22 Mar 2005 at 02:34:34 GMT Link

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