Hello. I have been a web developer since 1997. I freelance for individuals clients, small businesses and agencies.
My current work is mostly WordPress (including custom plugins), Laravel (5.1—5.4) and Drupal (I'm an Acquia Certified Drupal 8 Site Builder). I've been using PHP 7 since 2016. Additionally I've previously built sites in FuelPHP, PyroCMS and Codeigniter.
installation, configuration/performance tuning and security. Debian and Ubuntu specialist.
HTML5, CSS, jQuery, responsive design.
Other key skills:
LAMP/LEMP (Nginx), Linode, AWS, TLS/SSL, Git, Composer, Ansible, DNS, IPv6, e-commerce, audio, bulk/custom email.
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:
web standards, responsive design, documenting and refactoring all types of code to reduce it's complexity, making websites that load quickly/are simple to use and continuing to learn new skills.
Written by me:
Where I price projects according to duration, my equivalent daily rate is £400, but you only pay for the time I spend (at £50/hour); with interruptions etc. it's rare to fit a full eight hours work into a day, 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 work with you to divide the project into stages or features, provide an estimate or quote for each and invoice as each is completed. Payment terms 7 days unless by arrangement. Do still ask if you have 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.
For all projects, I can supply you with the full 'source code' - not everybody yet does this, but the advantage is you can hand it to another developer in future if you need to migrate or rebuild the site. Normally I'd supply a Git repository, which serves as a step-by-step history of changes to the project, and extra notes about each change on top of the documentation in the code itself. I never ask for a credit on websites I make.
Please get in touch if you need a quote or just some advice – I'll reply as soon as I can.
Updated 1 July 2017