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I’m a freelance front end developer based in Northern Ireland with over 15 years experience in web design & development. I specialise in high end WordPress design and development tailored to each individual client’s needs.
some of my work
I only build customised themes for all of my web projects, I don’t use pre-built themes.
I am experienced in WordPress set up, WordPress development and use. Whether you need an eCommerce website set up to recieve payments via PayPal or a simple one page website. I build bespoke solutions invidually tailored to my client's needs. I have worked with a variety of APIs and other third party programs which will seamlessly integrate with your WordPress website. I also have experience in the set up and use of other Content Management Systems such as Joomla, Drupal and Magento.
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of what i'm up to
Bootstrap 5, Block Based WordPress theme Development & Gutenberg
I was recently approached by an agency to take on a freelance web development project, unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts I was unable to take the job on but I thought it would be a great opportunity as a test project to try out the new Bootstrap 5 framework and whilst I was at it, why not throw in building a new custom theme with Gutenberg blocks.
I used to use my own custom theme based on Foundation to build my sites so having to learn a new framework was enjoyable as well as frustrating but I have to say I’m quite liking Bootstrap 5 and that’s saying a lot as I used to avoid Bootstrap at all costs! I found it very heavy and cumbersome to use but the new version can be customised and stripped down which is great.
I’ve now got a new custom boilerplate theme I can use to base my WordPress websites on. I’m still not sure about Gutenberg however, I think it has its good points and its bad points. To move away from doing every via code was a scary step for me, I prefer to have control over everything and I am so used to coding it in the backend. For those projects where clients need to do more customisation themselves, I do think it is definitely a step in the right direction and it’s taking on Elementor and other page builder plugins but it definitely does have a long way to go to match these plugins.
I am still developing a custom block based theme using Gutenberg’s reusable blocks and block patterns as custom page templates. It’s taking some getting used to but I’m almost there!
Docker & WordPress
I was really interested in trying out docker with my WordPress workflow. It would be great to have a standalone contained copy of my websites that I could just move from computer to computer without having to install a full development environment every time. I followed this tutorial to set it up https://youtu.be/pYhLEV-sRpY I found using docker a bit slow but in fairness this could have been down to my poor long suffering laptop, really need to delete some files and free up some space!
Local by Flywheel
I always love to see how I can improve my development workflow so I decided to try Local by Flywheel. It has become one of the top local WordPress development tools with one-click installation of WordPress. It has loads of free features to use, like SSL protection of local sites with the the ability to change your local domain name, hot-swapping environments from different versions of PHP, MySQL and web servers (Appache, Nginx), and with the ability to install add-ons to further improve your sites local development localbyflywheel.com
Fitbit Versa ClockFace
I recently got a Fitbit Versa and after browsing through the gallery I couldn’t find any that I really liked so I decided to create my own. I wanted something very minimal and simple. Getting started was very easy. I started to design and build my own clock face using this API guide from Fitbit
I’ve now finally upgraded to an Apple Watch so my next project is building a custom watch face for it. If only I could download Xcode without killing my laptop, I would be a lot farther along at this point.