...and I love to create awesome things!

I'm Stephen and I'm an experienced WordPress developer based in Norwich, England (although I love to explore other places). I specialise in front-end website development, WordPress development, WooCommerce development and digital consultancy.

For over 10 years I have worked with leading digital agencies within the Norwich and London area, previously working as the Lead Front-end Developer and more recently, a freelance Technical Director where not only did I lead all aspects of the development but was also heavily involved in project scoping, planning, management and other aspects of the business.

WordPress has become a passion of mine and developing to WordPress coding standards is now at the forefront of my mind for all new projects. I'm also starting to become more involved within the WordPress community, supporting open source and attending WordCamps. In my spare time I'm working on some WordPress plugins as a way of giving back, I hope to release these on the official WordPress plugin repository in the not too distant future but currently they are a work in progress. If you'd like to preview my Enter Email To Download plugin you can do so by clicking here, also I've made this portfolio theme publicly available on my GitHub account if you would like to view my code.

I'm always looking for my next challenge, either freelance, contract or full time - ideally working remotely. If you are interested in working together then please feel free to contact me.

My skills

  • WordPress development
  • WooCommerce development
  • Front-end website development
  • E-commerce development
  • WordPress plugin & theme development
  • Technical SEO
  • Email marketing
  • Digital consultancy
  • Project management & planning
  • Remote working
  • HTML 5 / CSS 3 / SASS
  • PHP / MySQL
  • JavaScript / jQuery
  • Gulp / Bower
  • Version Control (Git)
  • LAMP Server Administration
  • Cross Device Testing
  • Website Optimisation
  • Website Accessibility
  • Website Security

Career Timeline

2013
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Now

Director & Freelance Website Developer

- Rock Out Digital -

In 2013 I set up my own company up to offer freelance website development services world wide, primarily focusing on WordPress & WooCommerce development. I work directly with businesses of all sizes across a variety of sectors, and often work with creative agencies as a digital outsource - sometimes even acting as a white-label Technical Director.

Some agencies I have collaborated with include Borne™, bigdog, Playgroup, Shout! Creative & Studio Aura.

2014
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2017

Technical Director

- Shout! Creative -

I worked with Shout! Creative on a freelance basis as their Technical Director. Not only did I lead all aspects of the development but was also heavily involved in project scoping, planning, management and internal processes.

We heavily promoted WordPress & WooCommerce and 95% of projects were developed using these, developing custom themes and custom plugins.

2009
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2012

Lead Front-end Developer

- Kiss Marketing -

My responsibilities included the front-end website development of client websites and in-house products, project planning, supporting the back-end developers, server administration and internal networking. Other responsibilities include managing junior developers & freelancers, training staff and project managing.

Clients that I worked with include RBS, Norwich City Football Club and Aviva.

2007
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2009

Website Developer

- Simplicity Online Solutions -

Simplicity Online Solutions was an Online Marketing agency in Norwich. Whilst at Simplicity Online Solutions I was a employed as a Website Developer, where I mainly turned designs into functioning websites following best practises. I was also responsible for all Email Marketing and SEO.

2006

Graduated, hoorah!

Higher National Diploma in Computing

Sample Work

With each of the below pieces of work I was involved with the planning, budgeting, front-end and back-end development. Each project is built on WordPress and WooCommerce (where applicable) with a custom developed theme and in some cases custom plugins. Unfortunately, I cannot show all work due to NDA's.

Recommendations

"I teamed up with Stephen on a Wordpress website build. He was a pleasure to work with, he took my flat designs and made them come alive. He answered all of my technical queries and went above and beyond what was originally asked of him without any complaint. I would definitely work with him again and recommend him to anyone looking for a website build."

Director, Joshi Was Janes

"Stephen is a highly skilled developer with an excellent breadth of knowledge covering many web tools and platforms. Stephen is able to produce technically advanced products as well as innovate using new tools."

Lead IT App. Analyst, Circle Housing

"Right from the time I was involved in hiring Steve he impressed me with the speed and accuracy of all his work. He is very skilled at all aspects of front end web development and has always accurately turned designs into fully realised websites."

Technical Director, Kiss Marketing

Contact

If you'd like to discuss the possibility of working together then please feel free to get in contact, I'm always up for grabbing a coffee.