Walker Motors

I recently built another website for Walker Motors a car sales company in Aberdeen, who specialist in the resale of pre-owned cars. The build of this site was another collaboration with 06 Media and unlike the other sites i’ve worked on the one was a first for me in that the client had already chosen a pre built WordPress theme that they liked.

Therefore it was my job to install, configure and customise their chosen theme so it fit more with their branding and also added their exsiting stock of cars to the site.

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Check it out here

Quayside Fabrication

I recently got asked by a contact of mine to build a website for a fabrication company in Aberdeen by the name of Quayside Fabrications. I had the task of taking a design produced by 06 Media and turning it into a custom WordPress theme that applied the design accurately.

The design had the common elements for most modern sites including big nav and banners.

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One of the biggest challenges was some of the pages included either repeating content and/or tables with repeating content, this is where ‘Advanced Custom Fields‘ came in which in my personal opinion might be the best WordPress plugins I’ve ever found!

Take a look at the finished site here.

Leaving Edinburgh, Hello Brough

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Me and my Fiancé have lived in Edinburgh now for about a year and half and for the most part have enjoyed time that we have been here some times have been hard with us having to get used to many new things, a new house and a new city. All of these things can take their toll especially if you haven’t had luck finding a job you enjoy, which is exactly the situation my Fiancé is in which not only makes here unhappy but having a part time job in an expensive city makes life difficult.

Due to this situation we had a talk and decided to look for jobs elsewhere hopefully something with better prospects elsewhere for both of us, being a web developer i tend to find work is anywhere in the country so seemed like a no brainer really.

After looking around the many source for jobs I found one outside of Hull called Bluestorm Design, which are an integrated marketing agency, my role there will be as a Web Developer.

Go check them out http://bluestormdesign.co.uk

Not so Junior anymore!

Whoop! a year of hard work has paid off and been recognised and I’ve been official promoted from Junior Developer at Multiply to a Full Developer role.

I’ve spent most of the year building interactive and engaging eLearning for one of the UK’s largest banks, The Royal Bank of Scotland here in my role at Multiply, which required me to learn the ins and outs of the companies eLearning development system which has generation systems to allow us to generate eLearning modules a lot fastest than if we were nearly hand coding them in html, most of the modules had an incredible amount of Javascript learning me the need to get my javascript skills to a increased level of understanding to allow me to work at the pace that is needed.

On top of these requires all of the modules we build have to conform to the Banks stringent guidelines for building eLearning modules, which most of all included making sure all the modules would work completely and look perfect on Internet Explorer 6, which is a tricky task at the best of times, all of this however, did give me a very good understanding in cross browser development; especially in older browsers.

I look forward however to the new trials and tasks that become of being a full developer!

Moving to Edinburgh, new Job

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I recently stepped down as a director/developer at PixelBrawl Studio, this was mainly due to lack of work and funds, we weren’t getting much work through and the work we were getting was mostly web development work, something which I have a strong understanding of, so obviously it made sense to stop struggling with money and try and find another full time job, and a job that would earn me a living.

I started applying for jobs around and about on the usual sites and doing a small amount of freelance on the side, until finally I got some interest for a a Junior Developer position in the wonderful Scottish city of Edinburgh. I travelled up for an interview on a sunny Wednesday, the interview went really well and I got asked back for a trial on the following Monday. After leaving home for a trial, i got put up in a hotel and never ended up returning for home until 6 months later with my partners parents having to bring up our living stuff!

The company i now work for is MultiplyUK, go check them out here: http://www.multiplyagency.com/