How does billing work?

For most new projects, where a clear scope of work is defined, I'll provide a fixed quote for the work.

For ad-hoc work, maintenance tasks and where the scope of work can't be clearly defined, I'll provide an estimate and bill on an hourly basis instead, updating you along the way.

Hourly billing is done in 15 minute increments, with a minimum of 1 hour billable time per calendar month.

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

How long have you been in web development?

I've been building websites for fun for over two decades and professionally for well over a decade.

How soon can you start?

It depends on the scope of your project, please contact me to discuss availability.

Are you insured?

Yes, I have professional indemnity insurance in place.

Which content management systems and frameworks do you work with?

I have experience with a number of content management systems, frameworks and static site generators including Craft CMS, Kirby, WordPress, Statamic, Laravel, Astro and Hugo.

I can advise on the best set up for your project during the quoting process.

Which frontend frameworks do you work with?

I work with Vue.js for single page apps, otherwise generally vanilla JavaScript.

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

Yes, providing there's an API available. I've created integrations with software such as Stripe, Xero, FreeAgent, Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor, Twitter and Airtable for clients previously.

Do you provide web hosting?

No, due to the bus factor it would be irresponsible for me to offer web hosting as an independent freelancer.

However I can manage all technical parts of your web project. This can include setting up your hosting, launching your website and making changes in future. This way, you retain full ownership over your website and have the freedom to hire another developer if needed in future.

Do you provide on-going maintenance?

Yes, we can set up a maintenance plan or retainer so you can guarantee I'm available to keep your website updated and make adjustments where needed.

Can we switch to another developer in future if needed?

I take measures to help prevent lock-in with me as a developer, including:

  • Pushing all changes to a code repository under your ownership.
  • Sending you a zipped copy of your source code upon completion of new projects.
  • Setting you up with a trusted fully-managed web hosting provider, with you as the primary contact, rather than providing web hosting myself.
  • Using widely known frameworks and content management systems, rather than reinventing the wheel with bespoke systems.

Do you provide SEO services?

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

However I do cover some of the technical aspects of SEO as part of a standard development including:

  • Writing well-structured HTML, e.g. using semantic elements.
  • Optimising for performance on both the frontend and backend.
  • Making relevant fields available in your CMS, such as page title and meta description overrides.

Do you provide design services?

I'm good with code but not so much design work!

If you need a bespoke design, we can work with a designer (either your own contact or one I recommend).

Alternatively, I can create basic designs or we can license a template design (and customise it where needed).

Can you work on-site from our office?

No, I work with multiple clients simultaneously and enjoy the comfort of working from my home office.

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

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, Communiti

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

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

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