Hi, I’m Darren

A freelance WordPress, Web App and PHP developer based in Brighton.

I design, build and maintain beautiful and easy to use websites.

I’m a hugely experienced developer who can help you and your website.

I’m a creative industry specialist, working alongside designers and other creatives, bringing their ideas to life.

My experience has led me to be a PHP and WordPress eCommerce, performance and hosting specialist.

Get in touch and we can talk about what I can do for you.

WORDPRESS

I create and manage WordPress websites of all sizes, and believe it’s the best website management tool available today.  I’ve been working with WordPress for 8 years.

ECOMMERCE

Using WooCommerce, I can create an easy-to-use and powerful online store.  You can easily manage the products in the store yourself.  

HOSTING

I manage the hosting of many WordPress websites, and can make recommendations to ensure your website runs as smoothly as possible.  I can move your website with minimal disruption.

PROFESSIONAL

I’m a highly experienced and professional developer, and always commit to ensure my clients websites are first class.

Some of my recent work

Make it in Design

Design focused website offering courses in pattern design.

Bloc

Beautiful portfolio WordPress theme, sold on the ThemeForest marketplace.

Do Something Different

A gorgeous WordPress website for this fantastic organisation that improves peoples lives through behavioural change.

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WHAT I DO

I’m a senior freelance WordPress developer.

I do the hard work, so that the your website is easy to use.  You don’t need to worry about resizing images, HTML or any technical jargon.  You just upload an image, and write the words that are important to your business.  I make sure its presented beautifully.

I work alongside amazing designers such as Colin Jenkinson, James Jack, Kurt Trew and Steven Lester, and agencies such as Endless, Nanuq and Crate47, bringing their visions to life.

I can take any design and turn it into a functioning website that works beautiful on mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers.

My background is a 20 year career in computer and internet related industries.  I can migrate data from practically any system or website to another.  You don’t need to re-enter any information, I can move it from one website to another for you.

I now specialise in WordPress only, but have diverse experience of PHP, SQL, Drupal, Expression Engine, Magento and more.

I can solve your website hosting or performance issues.  I can solve performance problems with your website, and move your website to a reliable and cost effective hosting provider with minimal downtime.

I’m passionate about using technology to make life easier, with years of experience using PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, XML, Bootstrap, Ajax, OOP, Responsive web design, Accessibility, LAMP.

I use a few tools to make life much easier, including BitBucket, SourceTree, GitHub, Trello and BugHerd.

I am expert at integrating Google Analytics (including server-side events) and Google Adsense.

In recent projects I have developed WordPress PDF generation, REST and SOAP communications and Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration for an events system.

I hold a Honours degree in Computer Science, and love the outdoors.

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WordPress

I’m a WordPress expert, having worked with hundreds of different websites. I create entire websites for customers, create themes for designers, create plugins, develop widgets and more. I can audit you WordPress site to make recommendations for performance and security. If your site has been hacked or compromised I can get your website back online quickly.

I provide a monthly health check service where I check all aspects of your website and hosting to ensure everything is running to it’s best.

Design to Template

I can take any design and turn it into a functioning website that works beautiful on mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers. I regularly create theme and templates from designer’s Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks and Sketch files. I use the strictest HTML5, jQuery and CSS principals to make clean and compliant code. I take great pride with my code, as with all of my work.

I’ve worked with many agencies including Endless. Nanuq, Studio Lester, Iceberg Creative and L&S.

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CMS consultation and recommendation

Choosing the right CMS for a website is difficult, and the correct informed choice can only really come from experience. I have used the following systems extensively and can help you make the correct recommendation for your projects or customers.

  • WordPress – Blogs, websites, simple eCommerce, and basic community sites.
  • Drupal – Community websites, medium sized eCommerce stores with good amounts of content
  • Expression Engine – Great for designers as easy to develop templates.  Limited use in reality.
  • Magento – For large eCommerce only.  Significant investment in time required.

eCommerce

Choosing the correct solution for an eCommerce system draws from many factors. Writing great looking information rich content is just as important as the retail part of the website. I can help you choose the correct eCommerce system for your business and products. One that will allow you to talk about your products and promotions just as well as run a stock report.

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Hosting

In the 10 years I’ve been managing hosting packages and servers I’ve used almost all of the major hosting, and a lot of the lesser know solutions. Whilst price is a big factor, reliability is the ultimate consideration. I can recommend a number of hosting solutions based on your requirements.

I’m an expert at moving your website from one hosting provider to another, with minimum downtime (normally none). Normally I can do this without any staff needing to change any email settings in Outlook or other applications.

Email

As well as website hosting I can recommend, setup and manage your email hosting. If you are a big email user you’re likely to need something better than your average website email hosting.

Your email hosting can be separate from your website hosting, and I can manage that for you.

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WordPress, Drupal, CMS and eCommerce migration

Moving from one content management system to another should not be a painful  exercise. You do not need to re-enter your information or content. My background in enterprise development allows me to migrate data and content from virtually any system to another.

If you are considering moving from Drupal to WordPress, to or from Magento, Expression Engine, Trading Eye and virtually any other system, I can migrate all of your content and information, without you having to re-enter any of it.

If you have data in Excel, CSV, XML or any other format I can get this data into your website or CMS. I’ve imported and merged data that other agencies considered ‘impossible’.

Darren was a star on the re-development of our website. He helped set-up and co-ordinate a well organised development process; guiding us through each stage, working quickly and responsively and patiently incorporating feedback to bring us through to delivery.

He was a pleasure to work with, sharing his experience and technical expertise. Since then, he’s been invaluable in handling ongoing updates to our site.

I have worked closely with Darren for the last 10 years and his methodical approach to solving problems and creating finished products has been consistently excellent. Darren has a unique ability to tackle technical issues whilst providing feedback in layman’s terms. I would be happy to recommend his services to anyone who needs to get the job done.

The Purple Group of companies have worked with Darren on all of our websites for many years now. From basic brochure sites to e-commerce, Darren has explained and shown us how to get the most from each site.
Day to day management, updates and responses to change are swift and simple. Darren is seen by all of our colleagues as part of the team..even though we unfortunately rarely see him!!

YOUR WEBSITE.

Are you ready to make your website better?