Can you provide a fixed quote?

Yes, where possible I'll provide a fixed quote for a fixed scope of work. Any additional work can then be quoted for separately.

However, if the scope of work is too broad then I'll provide an estimate, record time and bill on an hourly or daily basis depending on the size of the project.

Whichever system is used, this will be agreed before work commences and specified in our contract.

How long have you been in web development?

Almost for as long as I can remember!

Having a keen interest in computers (or breaking computers if you ask my parents), I first started creating websites at around the age of 10 using Yahoo! GeoCities. The next stage was using software such as Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage. From there I began to learn how to do things properly and picked up books on HTML, PHP and MySQL to create my own websites by just writing code. By age 14 I began generating an income from my work and the rest is history.

I'm now in my thirties and have been working in web development professionally for over 15 years and as a freelancer since 2018.

How soon can you start?

You'll need to contact me to check my current availability.

At the time of updating this – June 2022 – I have availability from August 2022 for new projects.

Are you insured?

I have professional indemnity insurance in place (thankfully have not yet had to make a claim!)

Do you provide on-going maintenance?

I develop new projects and help maintain existing ones, so you can always instruct me to update your website in future subject to availability. We can arrange retainer billing if you want to reserve my time for your project on a month-to-month basis.

I'd recommend keeping your website backend and plugins updated on, at minimum, a quarterly basis. This ensures the latest security patches are being applied and your website doesn't fall behind on updates which could make maintenance more difficult and costly further down the line. This can be done on an ad-hoc basis or as part of a monthly maintenance package including tasks such as taking regular backups.

Do you provide SEO services?

I don't have expertise in SEO, you will need to hire a separate consultant for your SEO needs.

That said, I cover some of the technical aspects of SEO as part of a standard development including:

  • Writing well-structured HTML with the correct use of semantic elements
  • Optimising for performance on both the back-end and front-end
  • Making available page title and meta description overrides in the content management system, as well as other fields if necessary

Do you provide design services?

I'm not a designer, so for most websites we'll need a professional designer on-board. Don't worry if you don't know one, I have trusted contacts we can work with.

For web applications, a user interface framework can be used.

Do you provide web hosting?

No, due to the bus factor (in short: the risk of my death taking your website with me), it would be irresponsible for me to provide web hosting services as a solo freelancer.

However I'm here to handle the technical parts of your web project. I can set you up with a trusted fully-managed web hosting provider suitable for your requirements, taking care of tasks such as making your website live or deploying code changes. You then retain full ownership over your website and have the freedom to hire a different developer for the site if needed in future, just how it should be!

Can you integrate with our email marketing provider, bookkeeping software, etc?

Yes, providing there's an API available. I have created custom integrations with software such as Xero, FreeAgent, Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor and Twitter previously.

Can we switch to another developer in future if needed?

I'm careful to ensure you're not locked-in with me in any way, such measures include:

  • When completing a new project, I'll send you a zipped copy of your website source code.
  • I don't provide web hosting, instead I'll set you up with a trusted fully-managed web hosting provider and ensure you're the primary contact.
  • Where possible, I set up a source code repository at your web hosting provider and push every change into this repository.

Do you take on projects with backends other than Craft CMS?

I'm primarily focused on Craft CMS but will sometimes help established clients with other web projects.

Can you work on-site from our office?

I can't work from your office as I work with multiple clients simultaneously.

Mike's development services have been a God send to us - he is fast and efficient, nothing is too much trouble and he is also incredibly patient. His customisation work on recent Wordpress projects of ours has been excellent. I would recommend him without question to anyone wanting a reliable service and also great value for money.

Chrissie Rowell, Black Hare Marketing

Mike's always been my go to person for building and maintaining websites. Having used his services for 3 projects to date I would without doubt recommend his work to others. All projects have been delivered on time to the agreed budget. I look forward to working on more projects in future.

Andrew Corran, Corran Partners

We've worked with Mike on a number of occasions to create and manage bespoke websites for our clients. He's reliable, delivers quickly and the work meets my clients' expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend Mike to others in need of website development and look forward to our continued work together.

Laura Tickle, UK Networks

I've worked with Mike on 4 projects now. He not only does a great job, but he's quick to reply to all queries. His knowledge is second to none and I fully recommend his services. I've got another project in the pipeline and Mike will be taking care of that one as well.

Kenny Palmer, DJ Agency

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