What computers are the best for creating websites and apps?

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Antwish

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I need to know what computers are the best for creating and maintaining websites and apps, for graphic design for creating logos and any software that is best for this as well please please.

Another way to put my request is; If you are starting a company that creates websites and apps which computers would you use?

I would appreciate if anyone answering could include links to suppliers of the computers they would recommend.

Thanks for your time.
 

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In terms of which computers to use, I would suggest that you listen to suggestions from your software team, as to what type of device they prefer (Desktop/Laptop etc.,). The brand to go for? Well it's arbitrary, really - just go for the best local deal you can find. (Personally, I am impressed with Hewlitt-Packard)
As for useful Software:
Writing code: Notepad++
Testing Platform (Mysql and PHP): Xampp
Graphics: Gimp
Logos: Cooltext
All of which are Open Source (free)
 

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That's a very broad question.
Websites, anything works, pretty much. Probably not a Chrome book from what I understand, but otherwise anything will be fine.
Apps, what kind of apps? For example, if you wanted to make iPhone apps you would need to get an Apple computer to develop on.

Though really, I'd just echo Jim's advice. The people who know how to do this stuff know what hardware they need. (and if you don't have anyone who could answer this problem, you have bigger issues!)
 

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Dell, HP, and Lenovo have great business lines that outshine their consumer products in terms of quality, reliability, warranty, service, and performance. If you plan to run a business get the right tools and not some cheap Acer or eMachine computers that are made to be disposable, it also promotes a better view of your company in your clients eyes.
 

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In terms of which computers to use, I would suggest that you listen to suggestions from your software team, as to what type of device they prefer (Desktop/Laptop etc.,). The brand to go for? Well it's arbitrary, really - just go for the best local deal you can find. (Personally, I am impressed with Hewlitt-Packard)
As for useful Software:
Writing code: Notepad++
Testing Platform (Mysql and PHP): Xampp
Graphics: Gimp
Logos: Cooltext
All of which are Open Source (free)

Thanks for the reply. I appreciate your help.
 

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That's a very broad question.
Websites, anything works, pretty much. Probably not a Chrome book from what I understand, but otherwise anything will be fine.
Apps, what kind of apps? For example, if you wanted to make iPhone apps you would need to get an Apple computer to develop on.

Though really, I'd just echo Jim's advice. The people who know how to do this stuff know what hardware they need. (and if you don't have anyone who could answer this problem, you have bigger issues!)
Thanks for the reply. Yes I that us why I am asking so I know what to ask for when I employ people as I have just finished university and I am starting my own company, part of it will eventually provide services for creating websites but I am at the very beginning of my business journey so I am just getting as much info as I can now for when I set up the web development department of my business in the next year . I appreciate your help.
 

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Dell, HP, and Lenovo have great business lines that outshine their consumer products in terms of quality, reliability, warranty, service, and performance. If you plan to run a business get the right tools and not some cheap Acer or eMachine computers that are made to be disposable, it also promotes a better view of your company in your clients eyes.
Thanks for the reply. Yes that is exactly what I want, I want my business to have the best systems available so that my customers view my company as a the most professional company in the area so the most desirable to utilise. Would you advise using different computers for developing mobile apps than the Dell, HP, and Lenovo you cited above? I ask because some one else has said I would be best getting an Apple computer for this. I appreciate your help.
 

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Please look at this excellent article regarding mobile App development, which should also be helpful ... (they do not appear to suggest specific device preferences and IMHO I believe that by using Google Chrome Browser's 'inspect" option via a right-click on a webpage, your programmer(s) will be sufficiently able to see how their apps look on mobile devices).
 

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Please look at this excellent article regarding mobile App development, which should also be helpful ... (they do not appear to suggest specific device preferences and IMHO I believe that by using Google Chrome Browser's 'inspect" option via a right-click on a webpage, your programmer(s) will be sufficiently able to see how their apps look on mobile devices).
Thanks a lot I appreciate your help I will read this asap.
 

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After having used PC's for years just over a year ago I switched to a Mac and haven't looked back. I find it easier to develop on the Mac than I ever did on a PC.

The key question to ask is what applications am I going to use for development. Once you have decided on that then choose the best computer to run those on. Choose one with sufficient storage and memory and with at least one good hi-res monitor, two monitors is really useful when developing one with the 'live' site on and the other with your coding environment on, it saves switching between windows. Also ensure that you develop for small screened devices as they are being used extensively now for browsing web sites.

Remember to test in as many browsers as possible. I use Firefox with the Web Developer extension as my main development browser but then check in Chrome, Safari & IE (I don't have access to Edge).
 

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Thanks for the reply. Yes that is exactly what I want, I want my business to have the best systems available so that my customers view my company as a the most professional company in the area so the most desirable to utilise. Would you advise using different computers for developing mobile apps than the Dell, HP, and Lenovo you cited above? I ask because some one else has said I would be best getting an Apple computer for this. I appreciate your help.
If your software supports Apple then that is an option as well, I personally don't like the Apple or the premium they charge but that's just me, Apple is very popular among many.
 

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After having used PC's for years just over a year ago I switched to a Mac and haven't looked back. I find it easier to develop on the Mac than I ever did on a PC.

The key question to ask is what applications am I going to use for development. Once you have decided on that then choose the best computer to run those on. Choose one with sufficient storage and memory and with at least one good hi-res monitor, two monitors is really useful when developing one with the 'live' site on and the other with your coding environment on, it saves switching between windows. Also ensure that you develop for small screened devices as they are being used extensively now for browsing web sites.

Remember to test in as many browsers as possible. I use Firefox with the Web Developer extension as my main development browser but then check in Chrome, Safari & IE (I don't have access to Edge).
Thanks a lot this information is very informative and what I need to know, another person has just stated Apple charge a premium, can you tell me how much this is and what you actually get for paying a premium? Thanks again.
 

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If your software supports Apple then that is an option as well, I personally don't like the Apple or the premium they charge but that's just me, Apple is very popular among many.
Thanks again for the reply. How much is the premium and what is it you pay a premium to get?
 

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In answer to your question about Apple computers generally spec for spec they are more expensive than a PC from a premium manufacturer. The amount more expensive varies depending on spec. An Apple computer comes with software that you have to pay for on a PC, for example M$ Office Vs Apples' equivalent. Also people generally keep Mac's longer than PC's as they don't need to be updated every 2 years or so as they are still performant. If you look at Total Cost Of Ownership a Mac and PC are pretty similar.

I sound like an 'Apple Fan Boy' but it took me many years to make the switch and there are some things they don't do well, I hate iTunes and how it works but there is no real choice if you have an iPhone.

Regardless of computer your choice of software should come first then and only then choose the best computer to run that on.
 
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