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My name is Mike Hart and I am a Full Stack Freelance WordPress Developer with over 5 years experience as a WordPress professional. I am based in Greenwich, South London, working both on-site or remotely.
Most of the great clients I work with are based in either Europe or the US and their profiles range from solopreneurs and startups, through to large creative and corporate agencies. I am happy to work on either an ad-hoc project or longer term support basis and enjoy continued collaboration with many of my clients. My specialist areas are building:-
- Custom WordPress themes.
- Custom Gutenberg Blocks.
- E-commerce solutions using WooCommerce.
- Organic SEO.
If you have a brief you would like to discuss or would like to know more about how I can help your business, service or project make a dynamic visual impact then don’t be shy, get in touch! I’ll be happy to connect over email, Skype or FaceTime to chat about how we can work together to best help you achieve your project become a success.
So do you need:
A Trusted Freelance WordPress Developer You Can Rely on
- A WordPress expert with over 5 years experience and another 20 years in software development.
- A dependable Freelance WordPress Developer building enterprise web applications and e-commerce solutions.
- Experience building custom themes, plugins, widgets, custom post types, hooks and filters.
- Experience building Gutenberg blocks using React.
Your in the right place. I can help you create a user friendly, efficient and easy to maintain site that will make a difference for your business. My solutions are both unlimited to their customisation potential and cost efficient at the same time.
I help businesses and other web developers around the world make their web projects become more successful. My focus is on building websites from scratch using minimal plugins and building clean, efficient code and pushing WordPress to its limits in terms of capability.
What can a Freelance WordPress Developer do for you?
What is WordPress?
WordPress is renowned as a blogging tool, however it is much more than that; it’s an invaluable tool for creating websites. The user friendly portal allows you to create a professional looking and personalized website but also to easily maintain it, as you can modify, update and manage your website through your web browser.
Another huge benefit of using the WordPress framework is the third party plugin installs it provides. In order to manage payments and invoicing for online shops I use the WordPress WooCommerce plugin which integrates perfectly with the WordPress portal and supports electronic payments such visa, master card and PayPal. Over 35% of online shops use WooCommerce and growing.
The great thing about WordPress is that it is easy to use and modify. However occasionally you may need some assistance from a professional to guide you through the tricky parts. I can solve your issues through WordPress training. Having the knowledge will make you smart and ahead of the game and will reduce your technical support costs.
I can provide training via TeamViewer remote assistance or meetup somewhere in London. Having a good sound knowledge of WordPress is beneficial if you want to maintain and update your WordPress website going forwards. This knowledge is crucial for your business and should not be overlooked.
WooCommerce is the worlds most popular e-commerce platform
If your looking to add some WooCommerce functionality to your website, then I have all the services you require. I found that using other WordPress plugins tend to be unreliable and lacking in features I require. If your website needs e-commerce and payment processing functionality then WooCommerce can benefit you. WooCommerce provides you with an online shop as part of the WordPress platform and can be administered via the WordPress console. The functionality capabilities are pretty much the same as other e-commerce providers plus a little more with Yoast SEO integration. I think WooCommerce and its associated extensions are far more superior than others and my clients love them, now so widely used there is always plenty of support and assistance from the WordPress community. The benefits are:
- Lightweight core plugin which gives you Invoice management and e-commerce straight out of the box.
- Integrates with the popular Yoast SEO plugin. This will provide you with the tools in order to market your products effectively.
- There is wide choice of extensions available.
- Support within the open-source community.
- If your familiar using WordPress there is a much lower learning curve.
I build websites that are fast, seo friendly and easy to use
You can be sure that I will assist you with every step of the development process. I will setup your environment, develop a custom theme or install a theme and create your first set of pages, handover training and perform SEO tasks. Depending on the size of the project and to get your website up and running as quickly as possible there are some pre-requisites that need to be taken care of before I can start development.
When you are using the WordPress platform managing your website through the WordPress portal is easy and straight forward. This means you can update web pages and all your media content through your web browser anywhere.
Once I have performed an SEO audit on your website. I will provide guidance and help you to implement the necessary changes. In order for your website to start moving up the google ranking positions there has to be some history of trust between your website and google. So please allow several weeks for the changes to take effect.
What can I do about web design?
I provide WordPress theme development from the drawing board to usable WordPress theme. Choosing your theme plays an important decision on the early stages of creating your website. Most people tend to buy a theme off the shelf from a theme provider. These themes are quite robust and usually have a team of technical staff there to support you through the journey.
I develop custom WordPress themes and plugins. Also provide WordPress training. I can build you a bespoke custom WordPress theme based on my theme GenLite which is lightweight and SEO friendly. In some cases there could be a need to purchase something already made that is dedicated to your chosen business area or subject matter. Take a look at my blog post for more information regarding choosing the right theme for you.
Wherever you get your WordPress theme from ensure its lightweight, responsive, clean, easy on the eyes and less of the flashy stuff. However, there a time when you do need a custom theme to stand out from the crowd or something bespoke and tailor made to suit your business needs. Whatever you decide in which theme to go for make sure it is a responsive. Just make sure it can display on smart phones and tablets.
Content is king and will bring you future rewards
The quicker this is done the quicker your website will be ready to go. Define your initial page text in a document. Check for grammar and spelling and don’t copy texts from other sites, the text needs to be original! Use power words like you, free, now or today, new, because. Be funny, controversial, emotion provoking, useful/interesting and popular. In case you need assistance with your text my associates can provide creative writing solutions.
Have your own images ready along with some stock images from sites like depositphotos. If you already have your own static HTML site or PSD ready I can convert this into a WordPress environment.
The easiest way to get a professional logo is to get one online from a logo generator like designmantic. I can assist you with basic editing on the logo if required. In case you desire something more exclusive then a professional graphics artist should be engaged for a more unique design. Please make sure the logo is transparent with a .png extension.
You will need speed
The quicker your webpage returns the better Google SEO score you will get so your website ideally needs to sit on a reliable server close to your target audience for optimal response times. From my experience shared web hosting plans may not give you the stability you need in order to maintain a high google SEO score. The main issue with shared web hosting plans is that there can be many websites on the same box which could slowdown your website when google crawlers are taking a visit. This will have great impact with website performance and your overall google SEO score.
So the solution I can provide you is 12 months free web hosting on one of my fast and reliable dedicated servers based in a London data center with has much fewer websites than a typical high street shared hosting provider. If money is no object, the other option is for me to assist you in the setup of your own dedicated server. I can install Plesk on the server which will provide you with an easy to use web management interface. Your website can sit on its own with less risk of interruption. Additionally, you can use it as a private email exchange and file storage server. Ideal for a growing business, users can be managed through a simple web portal.
Ready to start a project together?
I mostly work as a remote Freelance WordPress Developer from my home in South London. My work ethic is to deliver high quality fast clean websites at competitive prices with excellent customer service. Please email me or contact below for a quote so I can help grow your business. I’d love to work with you.