Hello. I freelance for individuals clients, small businesses and agencies. I've been a web developer since 1997.

PHP specialist:

including PHP 7. Right now mostly Laravel and WordPress, but often FuelPHP, PyroCMS and Codeigniter.

Linux servers:

(especially Debian) installation, tuning and security.

Front-end work:

HTML5, CSS, jQuery, responsive design.

Other key skills:

LAMP/LEMP (Nginx), Linode, AWS, TLS/SSL, Git, Composer, DNS, IPv6, ecommerce, audio, email handling.

Recent clients:

WordPress sites for Greenpeace Energydesk and Mark Pack – working with Code For The People (who joined 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).

Other work:

Websites for Hils Barker, ACMS, Nadia Kamil, PHDi and Pr1ntingbynet. Charities: Kent and Canterbury League of Friends. Twitter projects: @andiebarometer and @faultybigben.

I manage Linux web servers for a number of clients, handling performance optimisation and security updates.

I care about:

web standards, responsive design, making pages load quickly, documenting code, measuring it's quality/complexity (whether PHP, javascript or CSS) and refactoring often, making websites that are simple to use and continuing to learn new things.

Written by me:

How an IDE can help you (March 2015, 2,000 words)How we built Ampp3d (June 2014. 17,500 words)

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 are most welcome to ask about small jobs.

Hosting:

I always arrange the web hosting for what 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 proven configurations. 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.

Work with me –
currently available for new projects
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Updated 8 February 2016