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Social Networking for Attorneys

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Social Networking for Attorneys

Client Requirement

  • Counsel Edge portal is a web application which will serve as a valuable platform to attorneys.
  • Attorneys will facilitate with their own account management from where they can track status of their transaction.
  • In order to incentivize the attorneys to use our service, the portal offers them a website/micro-site.
  • Main network portal will allow the users/visitors to browse the attorney’s directories and directly contact them.


  • Visitor of the site can view access all those functionalities which do not require authentication.
  • Visitor can view main network portal as well as Professional’s micro site.

Registered Users

  • Registered user(non-professional) of the site can view and access all those functionality which are available after authentication on the portal.


  • Attorneys are the main actor of the site.
  • They can be referred as individuals or customer.

Project Challenges

Team faced the following challenges:
  • Developing application in PHP Platform
  • Generating Authentication
  • Developing Counsel Edge portal functionality as per the client’s requirement.
  • Developing Counsel Edge (Main Website), Network Portal, Professional/Individual Website, Professional/Administrative area and Global Administrative area forms came as a challenge.

Technologies Used

Operating System & Server Management Red Hat Linux OS, Multi-Server Architecture with Staging & Production Environment through Version Controlling releases, Server Optimization, Security & SSL Implementation, Scheduler for Back-ups, Alert Monitoring System Integration, Server Performance Tuning at regular intervals, Software Firewall Configuration & Maintenance
Development Tools & Environments PHP5+, WPF, LAMP, Apache Web Server, HTML, CSS, Java Script, AJAX etc.
Database MYSQL Database Server, DB Clustering, DB Optimization, Master Slave Replication, Query Optimization, Scheduler for Backups


Project Leader 1
Developers 2
Designers 2
Quality Assurance Testers 1


Keeping in mind the enormous structure of the website and the challenges involved,a four-tier development approach was adopted, consisting of:
  • The Database layer containing MySQL Server Database, Tables, stored procedures and so on.
  • The Business Logic layer consisting of all business logic procedures for modules.
  • The Interface layer and Database Abstraction layer for converting data between incompatible type systems in databases and accessing data from the database respectively.
  • The User Interface Layer which forms the Graphical User Interface of the website.


The Counsel Edge portal is built around PHP and the modules were developed in such a fashion that they can be executed directly from the UI layer. The PHP files consisted of all the business logics used for respective modules like Save (Add/Update), Delete, Get Single Object, Get Multiple Objects for Listing etc. and were designed to be capable of handling many more logics which were not related to the database. In order to most effectively access the database in an object-oriented context, an interface translating the object logic to the relational logic was used to communicate with the relational databases in an object-oriented manner.

An intermediary abstraction layer was created for accessing data from the database. Stored procedures were used only for complex retrieval of data from multiple tables and were entirely avoided with conditional syntax to ensure smooth performance of the website. The UI layer was kept free of any business logic with images, applications and data being called from their respective servers.

Development Highlights

The site was equipped with a robust architecture to offer centralized access for numerous users. Extensive pre-development research was carried out to make the entire database compatible.SEO activities performed ensured high visibility for the site over the internet. Web usability guidelines were strictly followed during development and the interface was made easily navigable through judicious use of AJAX, CSS and HTML controls.

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