Availability:
now available Dec 2018/Jan 2019 - email me

Updated 6 Dec 2018

Hello. I have been a web developer since 1997 and have 13 years of PHP experience. I'm currently freelance.
If you are a small business, agency or simply a personal customer needing some bespoke work then I may well be able to help you.

Specialisms:

Nowadays, I primarily work with Drupal (I'm an Acquia Certified Drupal 8 Site Builder).

From time to time I use these other PHP frameworks / content management systems:

  • WordPress
  • Laravel (5.1—5.5)
  • Previously / very occasionally: FuelPHP, PyroCMS, Codeigniter

Linux web servers:

installation and configuration (scripted/automated server builds using Ansible), performance tuning, security, monitoring. Debian and Ubuntu specialist. I can advise on data centre choice and manage servers for a number of clients.

Front-end work:

HTML5, (S)CSS, jQuery and basic javascript, responsive design.

Other key skills:

LAMP/LEMP (Nginx by default), Linode, AWS, TLS/SSL, Git, Composer, DNS, IPv6, audio, bulk/custom email.

Past/present clients include:

Snape Maltings, Energydesk (Greenpeace), Code For The People (leading WordPress agency, now part of Automattic). Free Speech Debate for Oxford University. Launched Ampp3d and UsVsTh3m with Emblem Digital / Trinity Mirror. Ascender Design (WordPress, Laravel). Blogs and personal websites for Mark Pack, Martin Belam, Alex Balfour, Hils Barker and Nadia Kamil. Lord's Cricket Ground audio streaming, with Sportsline Media, 2004-2017. (previously I worked for CricInfo.) ACMS, PHDi, Pr1ntingbynet, Kent and Canterbury Hospital League of Friends.

I care about:

fast, well-configured servers, pages that load quickly, easy to use, simple to update websites that work equally well on mobile and desktop, web standards and learning new skills, documenting code thoroughly for the benefit of whoever maintains it in future.

Pricing:

Where duration based, hourly rate £50 (equivalent daily £300-400, but I only charge for actual time spent). Estimates/quotes available for more structured projects. Payment terms 7 days or by arrangement. Feel free to ask about small jobs.

Hosting:

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). I usually arrange hosting for all sites, meaning 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. This means you have me as a single point of contact for faults so you do not need to deal with separate hosting companies or data centres. I can also build the server from scratch using automation, which makes changing hosting at a later date much less daunting.

Code handovers/copyright etc:

I don't require/request a credit for sites I build. Along with documentation you can have the full source code (typically in the form of a 'Git' repository), so if you can hand the site and it's history to another developer.

Please get in touch if you need a quote or just some advice – I'll reply as soon as I can.

Writing:

Blog (since 2016)How an IDE can help you (March 2015, 2,000 words)How we built Ampp3d (June 2014. 17,500 words)