Coding Services

More details of coding services coming soon… for now here’s a list of some of the coding services I provide:-

  • ASP.Net with Visual Studio
  • SQL Server
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • CSS
  • C#
  • VB.Net
  • Ajax and JSON
  • PHP
  • WordPress development
  • Pods CMS development
  • Flash development

see also ASP.NET development

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ASP.NET Development

The ASP.NET application framework enables me as a developer to build dynamic Web sites, Web applications and Web services from scratch. I use Visual Studio 10, IIS 7.0, ASP.Net 4 and SQL Server to build projects such as retail product sites, email campaign systems, and interactive online games.

Combined with the robust features of SQL Server, .NET is a development environment that is very enjoyable to use, easy to deploy and performs well right from a small business website up to a full-scale enterprise or retail application.

A great performance feature of ASP.NET applications is the ability to pre-compile assemblies (when the code-behind feature of .aspx files is used) and typically other assemblies that are used to provide functionality for the application.

Online quiz developed in ASP.NET

Online quiz developed in ASP.NET

Together with complimentary technologies, such as AJAX, jQuery, CSS and HTML, applications I build with ASP.NET consist of web pages (.aspx, .asmx, and HTML files), handlers, modules, executable code, and other files (such as images and configuration files) that can be invoked from a virtual directory and its subdirectories on the web server.

ASP.NET applications can be developed using MVC patterns or Forms-based models, the choice depending upon the application.

Product Site Developed in ASP.NET

Using site-wide templates in ASP.NET simplifies the build process, and debugging and testing is also relatively easy on a local development server. Using Visual Studio 10 it is possible to build, test and deploy complex applications quite quickly.

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Pods CMS Development

Pods is a CMS framework for WordPress that lets you add and display your own content types. Unlike WordPress custom post types, each content type gets its own table.

Pods CMS makes it easy to create discrete content that can be used anywhere on your site, or entire pages complete with a customised UI to allow for easy content update by site administrators and contributors. As a Pods CMS developer, the flexibility of the framework is what excites me the most. I built this website using pods extensively throughout.

I especially like Pods UI (the Pods plug-in that allows you to design your own content entry pages for your Pods) as this allows me to create a CMS within WordPress that is visual, well-structured, and easy to use. I am finding that my clients are also seeing the benefits of Pods CMS, and I now have the opportunity to work with large Pods CMS implementations.

As a programmer, I can get under-the-bonnet with Pods CMS if necessary, for example creating helpers and such like if needs be. Building my own site with the Pods system has helped me push it sometimes to its limits, and I consider this really useful experience to pass on to my clients.

As a designer, I create visual interfaces in WordPress that are a snip to update using Pods CMS, all of which helps me build really usable sites for my clients that they can update easily themselves.

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Flash Animation and Development

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WordPress CMS development

With extensive hands-on experience delivering WordPress CMS solutions, ranging from arts community blogs to heavily customised WordPress implementations for more complex business requirements, I can bring your website to life with one of the world’s most popular, up-to-date and reliable CMS solutions.

With a well-defined production process, when you hire me as your WordPress developer you can be sure that your WordPress solution will be fully tailored to your business message, model or community focus.

Try it for yourself: a WordPress solution tailored to your needs…

I will ensure that you will get an ideal WordPress website that really delivers the kind of user experience your visitors need and expect. I’ll also provide access to the full range of benefits offered by WordPress as a CMS Solution. I use state-of-the-art techniques and the latest versions to accomplish a perfect WordPress development. Here are some of the WordPress services I offer:-

  • Free consultation to establish your needs
  • Advice on the best options and features for your site
  • WordPress integration with your existing Website
  • WordPress hosting, implementation & setup
  • WordPress SEO and Google Analytics integration
  • Custom WordPress theme (look and feel of your site)
  • WordPress design to theme conversion
  • WordPress maintenance service
  • WordPress Plugin development

Why choose WordPress?

With over 25 million users worldwide, WordPress is rapidly taking on increased importance as CMS solution, but here’s a brief Q&A to help you see why WordPress could be the ideal solution for your next website:

Q: Isn’t WordPress just for bloggers?

A: Short answer, No. The days of WordPress being used solely as a blogging platform are over. WordPress has extensive CMS capabilities built-in, and is naturally SEO-friendly, making it an ideal solution for building fully customisable, content-managed websites with an easy-to-use client content management interface.

Q: But it’s only for individuals, communities and small organisations, right?

A: Wrong. WordPress currently powers a vast array of sites across community, business, news and social sectors.When such well-known companies as Adobe, UPS, Pepsi, eBay, Ford and Sony are using WordPress, you can be sure that your site will be on a platform shared by some of the world’s biggest brands.

Community, Arts, Government and education are all sectors that make heavy use of WordPress: The Royal Ballet, Number 10 (the Prime Minister’s Office) to name some of the more high profile ones.

There’s also a strong media user-base, including Stephen Fry, singer Tom Jones, People Magazine, actor Alan Rickman, the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, F1 driver Mark Webber – all have high-profile sites built with WordPress which serve vast numbers of users, day-in and day-out.

Q: But it’s open source: here today gone tomorrow?

A: WordPress has been around for some years now, and the world-wide user base is absolutely enormous. As a result, WordPress is one of the most reliable solutions and well established CMS platforms out there, and with the recent release of WordPress 3.9, there’s no sign whatever that WordPress will fade away anytime soon.

Because WordPress is open-source, and free, there is huge a support base out there to call on for WordPress answers. Working with WordPress, I have one of the biggest extended developer pools at my finger tips, day and night to resolve problems and find solutions to just about any problem there might be.

To have your website built with WordPress, the world-class CMS platform, please call me now.

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Web Design and Development

These days, its not enough to design, build and host a website – to provide you with a complete solution, you’ll need a site that is well-designed, easy to navigate and easy to update.

In the vast majority of cases, this means some form of content management system (CMS) is required. Add to this the need for effective Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Web Analytics and User Experience design (UX), and its easy to see that pure web design, build and host, on their own, are not enough to meet the needs of your business.

What you can expect from me

When I build a site for you, I will leave you in control of your own site. I offer a complete range of services, and where necessary I will draw on some of the best specialists in SEO, Web Analytics and UX design to ensure you get the maximum return on your investment:-

  • Free Website Advice
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Website Redesign and Updates
  • Search Engine Friendly Design
  • Usability Design
  • Content Management Systems
  • Accessible Web Design
  • Cross-Browser Compatibility
  • Programming and Web Development
  • Bulk email
  • Website Support and Maintenance
  • Domain Name Advice and Registration
  • Website Hosting advice

A CMS-driven site means your updates do not need to be passed through to the developer (me) or a design agency. And of course, the more freedom you have to change content, the more likely you are to get updates as and when you need them – and at the lowest cost.

Coupled with effective SEO, UX design and solid Web Analysis, you’ll know who is visiting your site, where they came from, if they stay and for how long. If necessary, we can adapt your site with this powerful market intelligence to ensure, for example, that as many of your visitors turn into customers as possible.

Please get in touch now to discuss your next web design project.

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User Experience Design

User experience is essentially the art of designing and building websites from a user-perspective, fully taking into account the way in which users behave when they interact with your site.

Better user experience means better business…

In the past, both designers and coders have been accused of not really caring about users, focusing instead on their own preferences and ideas without concerning themselves with the users of the site, how they behave, and how they feel about the user experience.

User-experience concerns that can be overlooked:

  • Does the first impression of your site grab the attention of your intended users?
  • Do they go deeper into the site or navigate immediately away from your landing page?
  • How easy it is for your users to find the information they need?
  • How clearly does your site convey the service on offer?
  • How effective is the design, navigation in encouraging your user to take a desired course of action?
  • How frustrating or easy is it for the user when they do take the desired action?

I can help you solve these problems and give your users a great experience. With larger sites I can facilitate formal user testing during the early development stages (for example, using wire-frame prototypes, eye-tracking and multi-scenario testing) to ensure your site delivers the required user experiences. On smaller jobs, there are low-cost ways in which users can be brought into the design process to provide invaluable user feedback.

Keeping on track with your users

I will also provide the capability to interpret the results of the user testing once the site is live or in a pilot phase by the use of Web Analytics, such as Google Analytics, which can provide crucial insight about how your website is being used and offers additional opportunities to further improve the user experience.

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