PHP Development Services


Influential’s dedicated PHP development team have been providing bespoke software solutions for over a decade – delivering enterprise-grade applications and systems for some of our largest clients.

From data warehouses, to web services, to API development – our PHP team works with the Agile methodology to flexibly meet requirements for all sectors.

FeaturedFeatured Projects

Publishing ClientsEmpowered Insights with Global Data Management and Reporting System

Industry Sector: Publishing

Challenge: No holistic view of global company data
A world leading publishing group – in business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events – was experiencing difficulty extrapolating data for reporting. With more than 6,500 employees globally and numerous sites around the world, huge volumes of data were generated daily. They had no holistic viewpoint for company-wide sales and inventory information, and data had to be manually extrapolated and translated into digestible formats. Collating accurate business-critical data for reporting was difficult, if not impossible and provided very little opportunity for return on BI investments.

Solution: Bespoke enterprise data warehouse built, with SAP BO reporting

Influential proposed a solution to integrate the data feeds from the multiple systems worldwide into a single location, providing an aggregated view of data for products, sales & Customers. An enterprise data warehouse – Books Management Information System (BMIS) – was designed, built and implemented. It now handles data for 150 inbound feeds, half a million titles and millions of sales records on a daily basis. A browser basedPHP system was conceived to provide search and enquiry functions to over 1,000 users globally via 200 screens , and send outbound data feeds to other internal applications via APIs. A SAP Business Objects Universe was created to sit on top to produce reports for business intelligence. The final result: reduced costs, a streamlined system and improved ROI with the scope to grow further.


Finance and InsuranceSecure & Efficient: Bespoke File Upload & Storage Application

Industry Sector: Debt & Recovery


ChallengeInsecure & Inefficient System for Client File Upload
A leading global provider of services in debt collection, confidential credit control and tracing was looking for improvements to their system for UK client file uploads. With no dedicated applications in place clients were required to send spreadsheets, documents or images regarding debt they were owed via emails or 3rd party file transfer platforms. This meant low-security for sensitive information, and made collaboration or transfer of files between departments and teams difficult and disorganised, hampering productivity and performance.

SolutionSecure Bespoke Application Developed

A bespoke web-based application was designed and built by Influential’s teams, to allow clients to upload files directly to the company’s storage, accessible online to any internal teams that need them. Influential ensured security through rigorous penetration testing and a role-based system that only permits client users to view their own files. As a web-based application, accessibility for both clients and internal teams is easy and flexible. The company was extremely happy with the final solution, which was built and deployed seamlessly, and are in talks with Influential about further development to include administrative features.


Insolvency & Business AdvisoryUnified Online Marketing for Company Rebrand

Industry Sector: Insolvency & Business Advisory


ChallengeSpecialist Help Needed for Company-Wide Rebrand

A specialist Insolvency firm needed a full rebrand following their launch from a previous company, but were struggling to update their online materials. Their existing online presence consisted of two separate websites for their offices in London and Kent that were hard coded in flat html. Without specialist coding knowledge the firm could not update their content, and were unable to represent their new brand or deliver up-to-date information about their business offerings. Their online marketing services were delivered by various disparate providers and therefore sub-optimal, both in terms of effectiveness, ease of administration, cost and flexibility.

Solution: Consolidated Operational Marketing Services with Simple Website CMS

Influential proposed to consolidate the firm’s marketing materials, providing customisable, scalable sales & marketing capability. The two websites were merged and migrated to WordPress – a leading, easy-to-use content management system that facilitates simple future updates. The firm can now create, upload and manage content that accurately reflects their brand and delivers up-to-date information about their business offerings, with Google analytics to offer reports on site statistics. Influential aligned operational marketing services from disparate providers into a single Salesforce account, pre-loading it with the firm’s existing contacts and databases. This enabled full management of contacts, leads, opportunities as well as interaction with the mailing utility to cater for any current and future Sales & Marketing initiatives.

TechnologiesTechnologies & Platforms


ProcessesKey PHP Technologies

  • Core PHP
  • PL/SQL
  • REST (APIs)
  • SOAP (APIs)
  • Bash scripting
  • Puppet scripting
  • oAuth
  • Perl scripting
  • Groovy Jenkins DSL
  • XML
  • XSLT
  • HTML 5


  • Apache 2.2 & 2.4
  • CentOS Linux 5 & 6 & 7
  • Debian Linux 6, 7 & 8
  • Windows Server 2008+
  • Oracle
  • Business Objects
  • PHP Mod Apache
  • Cpanel
  • PayPal IPN & REST APIs
  • SagePay Server & Admin APIs
  • Software Collections
  • Assetic
  • GitHub
  • BitBucket
  • Sage One Accounting API
  • Zynk & Sage 50
  • Softlayer cloud API
  • Virtuemart 2


  • Symfony Framework 2
  • Zend Framework 1.12
  • Phalcon 1 & 2
  • Laravel 5.1 & 5.2
  • Slim Framework 3
  • Tonic 3
  • Joomla 1 & 2.5 & 3
  • Drupal 7 & 8
  • WordPress


  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • Sqlite
  • MariaDB


  • Jenkins
  • Jira
  • Subversion
  • Git
  • Docker
  • Xen
  • Vagrant
  • PHPStorm
  • NetBeans
  • Composer
  • Phing
  • SQL Developer
  • Puppet
  • Pdepend
  • PEAR
  • PECL
  • Mailcatcher
  • Postfix
  • LetsEncrypt
  • Sublime Text
  • ServiceNow
  • Node/NPM
  • Redis
  • Beanstalkd
  • Geany
  • PHPDoc
  • Xdebug
  • Atom
  • Postman
  • Meld
  • APC
  • TortoiseSVN

Front EndFront End

  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • Twig templating engine
  • Bootstrap 2
  • Bootstrap 3
  • Less
  • Sass
  • Requirejs
  • Gulp
  • Highcharts


  • Karma
  • Wiremock
  • Jasmine
  • NUnit
  • MoQ
  • Rhino Mocks
  • xUnit
  • NSpecSelenium

EditionsSoftware Editions

  • PHP 4
  • PHP 5.3
  • PHP 5.4
  • PHP 5.5
  • PHP 5.6
  • PHP 7.0

If you would like to talk to us about a business intelligence solution, software solution or any IT project you need to deliver successfully, please contact us. Visit us in the world famous Searcys rooftop bar of our landmark 30 St Mary Axe (City) site or at our Kent and Glasgow offices to discuss your needs.