Hi, I’m Darren
I’m a WordPress web developer, with more than 16 years experience covering a wide range of technologies. I specialise in CMS driven websites, making content as easy as possible for clients, designers and editors to manage.
Within WordPress I have extensive experience of theme and plugin development, WooCommerce, Advanced Custom Fields, Visual Composer and Multisite.
Get in touch and we can talk about what I can do for you.
Some of my recent work
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 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 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’ve also integrated Stripe payments and donations with Gift Aid compliance for a large charity.
I hold a Honours degree in Computer Science, and love the outdoors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.