Hello. I freelance for individuals clients, small businesses and agencies. I've been a web developer since 1997.
including PHP 7. Right now mostly Laravel and WordPress, but often FuelPHP, PyroCMS and Codeigniter.
(especially Debian) installation, tuning and security.
HTML5, CSS, jQuery, responsive design.
Other key skills:
LAMP/LEMP (Nginx), Linode, AWS, TLS/SSL, Git, Composer, DNS, IPv6, e-commerce, audio, email (bulk & transactional).
WordPress sites for Greenpeace Energydesk and Mark Pack – working with Code For The People (who became Automattic). Launching Ampp3d and UsVsTh3m with Emblem Digital / Trinity Mirror. Ongoing Laravel, PyroCMS and advanced WordPress projects for Ascender Design. Rebuilt and optimised martinbelam.com. Live audio streaming for Lord's Cricket Ground for a decade (having worked at CricInfo many years ago).
I manage Linux web servers for a number of clients, handling performance optimisation and security updates.
I care about:
Written by me:
How (much) I charge:
My equivalent daily rate is £400. That's a maximum were I to work a full eight-hour day, but with interruptions etc. it's very rare to manage anything like that amount of productive time, so I record the actual time worked and calculate accordingly. Plus it depends on the nature of the work and the client. Typically I'll divide the work into stages or features, provide an estimate or quote for each and invoice as each is completed. Payment terms 7 days unless by arrangement. You're most welcome to ask about smaller jobs.
I always arrange the web hosting for things I make – hosting is complex and having a high quality server and full control of it significantly speeds up development (and supports best practices such as version control). It means I can precisely tune the performance of the site and add proper security, backups and automated monitoring, all of which I can implement more quickly working from a proven setup. I am also a single point of contact for faults so you do not need to deal with third-parties.
As of 8 February 2016, I fully support PHP 7.
For all projects, I will make any source code I have written available on request so you can provide it to another developer if required.
Please get in touch if you need a quote or just some advice – I'll reply as soon as I can.
Updated 23 April 2016