Code Debugging Services

You break it, I fix it : )

Challenges of Debugging PHP Code Bugs

With the years of experience I have building PHP websites, I can solve many PHP code errors quickly. Debugging PHP can be a challenge too though. Most of the time I am contacted to fix programming errors is because the prior programmer has disappeared and is no longer available. I need to familiarize myself with the code, and then find the source of the problem.

Some issues I face are:

  • Finding the code on the web server
  • Reviewing code architecture to understand the prior programmers logic. Most times there is no website documentation.
  • Finding the code error logs
  • Being able to duplicate the error.

Some code problems are obvious to an experienced programmer. Others can take a significant amount of time to solve. Because of this, I will not quote a rate up front to debug PHP code.  I only bill on an hourly rate for code debugging services.

People contact me, telling me their site is broke, how much to fix it? Without knowing specifics, I can’t possibly give a quote or timeline to correct.

Debugging Website Code

Debugging code can be a challenge.  Years of experience can expedite solving a problem in 5 minutes that may take you hours to figure out otherwise.  I have years of debugging code problems accumulated. This doesn’t mean I always can solve a problem quickly though.  Digging into another programmers code to try to figure out what it is supposed to do in the first place can be quite a challenge. Because of this I only bill for code debugging at an hourly rate. Its impossible for me to quote a flat rate to fix since I don’t know the issue until I can get into the source code to see what’s going on.

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Things to communicate to me when you’re requesting to fix website problems

URL of the page with the error.
Explain exactly what to do so I can duplicate it.
Type of error. White screen, no error, but page did not process, error message returned.
If possible take a screen grab of the error page and send it to me.
Web browser you are using
Web hosting company you are using
Has there been any code changes or updates to the website recently?

By supplying me with this type of information, it will help me get familiar with the problem quicker.  Even still, finding and fixing programming bugs can be a time consuming process.

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