During my two years at First 10 I probably worked with PUMA licensees, Genesis Sports, more than any other client. During this spell we completed 3 site builds for them. One catering for the education sector and the other two being iterations of their main, public offering.
In all three instances I was the solution architect, project manager and technical lead. All three sites had e-commerce functionality and whilst we made heavy customisations to Woocommerce I was responsible for making our side of the solution to the client’s inventory management system. This was done through custom code that then used the SOAP protocol for comms.
First 10 is big on start up ideas so we were naturally attracted to this idea of a new breed of restaurant directory. One that catered to the many food allergy sufferers in the UK.
When the founders approached First 10 to come up with a solution we turned to WordPress and its flexibility combined with ease of admin use.
Utilising custom posts, taxonomies and a plugin or three I was responsible for the the solution architecture, planning and project management of this project. Alongside other members of my team I also assisted with various elements of the back end build.
Categories: First 10 / Project Management / Solutions Architect / Web Development / Wordpress
At regular intervals during my time at First 10 we were called upon to craft a new season of PUMA’s Lookbook. The lookbook is an online equivalent of the new range catalogues and is intended for Press and PR showcases of new lines.
Utilising WordPress we would create custom fields to accompany the standard WordPress post capabilities and apply custom templates to each season’s posts.
This global vape retailer portal was completed during my time at First 10. Initially acting as solutions architect I was latterly back on the project to project manage the final stages of the development. In the final days before go live I also assisted with some customisation of Woocommerce, which formed the back bone of the purchasing experience.
During my time at First 10 I oversaw numerous developments to the web sites of Tilda Rice. With 7 geographic based web presences we implemented many campaigns (too many to list individually here). I was variously responsible for the initial quotation and specification of requirements, then either project management and allocation of work to team members or completion of these myself.
Prozone Sports are a sports performance data analysis company providing a range of solutions to the sports industry. This was my first project at First 10 and we were asked to produce a new site for them following their then recent merger with Amisco.
I was responsible for the solutions architecture and initial backend build of this customised WordPress solution. The Sectors, sub-sectors, services and product relationships were all handled by a series of custom post types and relationships.
We additionally made use of geo-location look up for geographically relevant contact number display dependent upon the viewer’s location. This was complicated somewhat by the caching engine the hosting provider utilises as this prevented us using an off-the-shelf PHP solution.
Unlimited Theatre are a talented bunch of people based out of the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Their aim is to educate and entertain in equal measure through their innovative shows.
I was brought into the project by a client, Dean Vipond. Dean was responsible for the design and aesthetics of the user experience and it was my job to bring that vision to life, in a responsive build that had to not look like it was a WordPress site. It had to be bold, visual and engaging to try and hint at the spectacle that Unlimited produces.
This was my first responsive build and it’s packed full of custom post types, custom side bars and little nuances like the topic tag cloud. It’s based on the Bones starter theme and was a great introduction into the challenges of responsive sites.
When my existing client, Steve, decided to diversify his business portfolio and move into holiday lets he asked me to help him out with an online presence. That was a few years ago now and this is a recent re-write of the holiday lets side of his business.
A straight forward responsive theme was procured and in addition to integrating his external booking engine, I was responsible for the commercial photography of his portfolio of properties. I continue to host the site as well.
Unity Works is the resurrection of the iconic Unity Hall, in the heart of Wakefield. Long revered as a music venue, the once derelict building has been restored by and for the community and has been re-opened since late 2014.
I took over hosting the site in December of 2014 and have since been responsible for looking after the site and make minimal amends, thus far, to the site.
The site is responsive and makes use of the Roots starter theme. Thus far, I’ve added a custom genre filter to the events plugin and added a gallery to some info pages.
I’ve been responsible for the front end work and WordPress maintenance and hosting of this popular wedding blog since 2009. Ensuring the infrastructure behind the site has kept pace with the increases in readership over the last 6 years, I’ve re-homed the site a couple of times and developed an innate understanding of WordPress performance optimisation.
So with this site I’ve been responsible for front end development, WordPress custom post types and WordPress performance optimisation. The theme contains a custom built wedding supplier directory to Kelly’s specifications.
Receiving Photoshop files from Kelly’s chosen designer I ensured this site was a mobile first responsive build, making use of the Bones starter theme as a base.
One of my first customers, Dean is an amazingly talented brand and interaction designer with a who’s who of UK brands queuing up to work with him.
Dean provided his design and I ensured it was pixel perfect. Despite being nearly 6 years old, the design holds true and still looks good today. Receiving annotated Photoshop files, I ensured all other elements of the project were taken care of, providing Dean with a means of keeping his chosen showcased work up to date via a properties file that could be uploaded via FTP.
Finally, an early WordPress implementation was utilised for the news and blog sections with the news category being excluded from the general blog output.