Categories : All, Case Study, Social Networks
The client demanded a Social Networking Platform to Collaborate Faith Communities to further mutual goals for community health and wholeness. We build an interactive website that encourages better health among congregations with respect for diverse multi-cultural and multi- faith needs and preferences. Also, it builds the trust and relationships people have in their faith communities for health promotion and wellness of spirit, mind and body of the individual, families and communities.
|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+, Symfony Framework 1.4, AJAX, HTML5, CSS3 etc.|
|Database||MYSQL Database Server, DB Clustering, DB Optimization, Master Slave Replication, Query Optimization, Scheduler for Backups|
|Quality Assurance Testers||1|
Designed to be a powerful and robust social networking platform the design approach was built around PHP and MYSQL server. Modules like Blogs, Events, Groups etc. were developed in PHP such that they can be executed directly from the UI layer. User experience was enhanced through the implementation of live RSS feeds into the site.
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. Sub-domains were used for the different areas of the website to guarantee scalability.
The site was equipped with a robust architecture for performing crucial operations. We used Symphony Framework to add interactivity to the website without the need of adding too much of code. The user experience was enhanced through implementation of live RSS feeds and the web usability guidelines were strictly followed during development. The interface was made easily navigable through judicious use of AJAX, CSS and HTML controls. The site was developed and fully functional within a span of 4 months.