There are tons of articles on the Internet with good advices on how to develop websites and web applications, and the mistakes to avoid. Most of them give good guidance about the process, the way you should start with a solid idea and a clean wireframe; the possibility to start a design contest to get a brand new, and unique identity; and even more radical ideas, like the outsource of the code to an oversee developer.
But most of the papers and articles miss one of the most important, costly and time consuming element: the installation and management of the web server. This is where the cloud becomes more useful to developers: if you look around there are several offers of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) services that can get you off the initial investment and the burden of managing 99,99% available servers, with the connections, databases, backups and all the professional service a professional website needs.
With IaaS and PaaS the service provider does it all, maintaining the highest availability for the server, updating the software to the latest versions, managing the data base and the development framework and keeping an up to date backup of all the information.
The provider owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running, and maintaining it. The user pays only for what it leverages. Simple, right? And very cost-effective. This way the developers just have to worry about… developing.
But not all the clouds are created equal. You have to be wise to choose the best offer, and the one that really suits your needs.
Stay tuned to see what Lunacloud will have to offer really soon.