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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:10 pm 
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Hi, I am new to this forum so I hope this is the correct place to ask this question...

I have been looking for a developer to revamp an existing website and web portal for a spring manufacturing company. It consists of 2 parts.

The site itself is currently in WP. But it also has a design portal/web app which is in ASP.

One developer told me that it would be best to stay within wordpress and convert the portal from ASP over to Wordpress as well. I'm not sure if this is actually possible as it sounded a bit weird of developing a web app through wordpress.

Many other developers have told me to just upgrade to ASP.net. I guess my question is this:
Is it okay to re-build the existing app into a plugin for wordpress? Is it even possible and would the functionality work?

Or would it be best to just upgrade to ASP.net? Not really sure of the best route to take in this case. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:17 pm 
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We don't know what the web app does or how complex it is, so it's impossible for us to say one way or another what the best approach would be. Developing in WP is a pain, but you can make most things work if absolutely necessary. I don't know the first thing about ASP.net

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:52 pm 
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Wordpress is PHP, so it probably makes sense to keep the portal in PHP so it can easily talk to WP. Really any of the current popular frameworks will work fine. They are free, so I recommend that you download a few and try to get the demo programs to run. If you can do that and the code/structure makes sense to you then use that framework. People usually find one is a good fit.

You may want to see if any PHP frameworks have WP integration. I would assume a framework with a big community like Symfony would have something like that.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:18 am 
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If you want to consolidate the codebase (good from maintenance standpoint and could also allow for easier integration of those two apps if you need it) then, obviously, you could either rewrite the site in asp(.net?) and upgrade your existing app to asp.net, or rewrite the app in PHP (not necessarily using WP bits, but you could if you need to).

Classic ASP is a dying breed, and it will likely share the fate of COBOL soon.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:25 am 
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Guys, thank you so much! You've been alot of help :wink: So I guess there is really no right or wrong way to go about this. Just more about going with what makes sense in regards to the functionality and simplicity of what I am needing from the current portal i'm guessing.


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