Three years working as a freelance developer has seen me expand my skills, in particular with WordPress and ecommerce. For this period a vast majority of my work has been through the PeoplePerHour employment network. Premier Web Design has been developed through a desire I have to write and to allow me to expand my repertoire by increasing my scope.
My work requires that I have a familiarity with web and database servers. I am experienced with working with the Apache server on both Windows and Linux platforms. I am also familiar with how to configure a VPS through shell access via TLS. My database experience is with the MySQL database.
My knowledge of front end development and content delivery to web browsers is expanding. I can use CSS media queries to stylise content for delivery to mobiles, laptops and PCs. The use of key frame animations is also becoming part of my repertoire. I also have an understanding of jQuery and the jQuery User Interface and can create numerous types of image, text and product sliders.
WordPress is becoming more are more prominent on the web. My work experience allows me to be able to customise and edit existing WordPress themes and plugins. But more importantly it allows me to create custom themes, plugins and widgets. Multilingual Ecommerce with WPML is now part of my skill set. If required I can deliver a multilingual site, with a multinational outlook. Translated pages for each supported language and prices set by country.
Delivering web applications that can accommodate the full range of coding languages that I use means that I have to requires an IDE (Integrated Development Environment). I have experience with Microsoft’s Visual Studio, Adobe’s Macromedia Dreamweaver and the Aptana Studio. As well as coding I am familiar with the importance of image manipulation and graphic design. To create images in multiple formats I develop with the GIMP studio and Adobe’s Photoshop.
2009 – 2012 BSC Environmental Science with Honours (Class 2.1)
Glyndwr University, Wrexham, UK
I studied towards obtaining a class 2.1 degree in Environmental Science with honours. Areas of study included sustainability, ecology, environmental systems, atmospherics, chemical analysis and geographic information systems. I achieved first class grades in ecology, atmospherics and chemical analysis.
1992 – 1994 Yeovil College, Somerset, UK
A level Biology – B
A level Chemistry – D
GCSE Physics – C
1987 – 1992 Stanchester Community School, Somerset, UK
GCSE Art – C
GCSE Biology – B
GCSE Chemistry – B
GCSE English Language – A
GCSE English Literature – A
GCSE French – A
GCSE Geography – A
GCSE Maths – A
GCSE Technology – B
Freelance Website Developer (2013 – Present)
Custom Built Websites
My experience with full stack development has allowed me to create a bespoke content management system. Users can register, login and depending on the type of website deployment, complete different tasks. For example I have created somes systems for photo sharing and commenting and others that allow registrants to print or obtain on the day of an event their badges.
WordPress Themes and Plugins
PSD Templates to WordPress
Development by itself does not create a website. Working on PeoplePerHour has introduced me to graphic designers that create designs for WordPress sites using Photoshop (PSD) templates. I have through working with a multitude of WordPress themes converted PSD to HTML for IT support companies, contract surveyors, finance brokers and spray insulation companies.
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
My experience with SEO predates my professional experience as a freelance developer. SEO was how I discovered web development. Working professionally has introduced me to Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools as well as ways of assessing site performance with Google PageSpeed Insights. I have been employed on a regular part time basis to generate SEO reports, identify potential sources of traffic and to use my knowledge to pinpoint and address issues with:
- Page Loading Speed
- HTML and CSS Validity
- Image Optimisation
- Script Deferment
- Keyword Optimisation
- Mobile Responsiveness