(flexible hours, would not conflict with any potential opportunities)
Building, maintaining, and supporting an exciting selection of Magento and Wordpress websites for Prodo's varied collection of clients. Including extension development for multi-store Magento stores as well as brochure style and ecommerce Wordpress sites. Using and adapting 3rd party software, including but not limited to, Woocommerce and Advanced Custom Fields.
Working with PHP, MySQL, LESS, SASS, CSS, HTML as well as Git for version control.
Chester Solutions Ltd is the trading name of my business, all contract and projects roles since November 2011 have been carried out through this business. My roles have involved developing, testing and deploying code. Website have ranged from Magento ecommerce stores to Joomla and Wordpress estate agent portfolios, as well as local independent business showcases.
I have experience working with Magento 1.x since mid 2013, and Magento 2 since Summer 2018. This includes the use of ready made extensions and themes to rapidly prototype new features. These projects then develop through a series of theme building and customisation to match the client's requirements, and custom extension development to link in with 3rd party systems and extend the existing Magento code base, conforming to MVC methodology and Magento development principles.
Working mostly with a single client of this agency, I took a small step into the unknown, working with an unfamiliar CMS (Kohana), combined with Solr search indexing, and a recently integrated Stripe payment gateway.
Each work session includes a varied combination of backend and frontend changes to further the features offered to free and paid members of the website. Recently working to integrate content from a large XML representation of a book published by Oxford University Press and authored by the client.
After writing property xml feed import scripts for Property Mart PLC, I was approached by Starberry to work with them writing export scripts for property data from mostly Reapit based clients to be sent to Rightmove and 7 other portals available at the time.
Since then I've completely re-written the way they handle property websites allowing them to increase the speed they are able to deploy finished websites. This software, originally built for Joomla 1.5 and later updated for 2.5 and 3.x branches, is a suite of extensions with a variety of modules and customisable code. Using this extension suite allow faster deployment and easier roll out of new features across the portfolio of sites. Now using the second major version of the system to support over 40 property websites both in the UK and overseas, this software is still in active development and continues to grow. I now have over 8 years experience of extending Joomla's core functionality to build on its existing feature set.
In team projects I have worked as part of a multidisciplinary team where I work on a variety of levels, developing and upgrading code, supervising less experienced developers, and working with project managers and graphic designers to ensure the demands of the project are realistic and achievable.
This was the trading name I used while working as a freelance developer, initially during the time I lived in Spain, and later in 2009 when I moved back to the UK. This later developed into Chester Solutions Ltd when I formed a Limited company. During this time I worked with a range of different clients, including personal trainers, swimming pool builders, estate agents, marquee and equipment hire, holiday rentals and many more. The majority of these sites used Joomla 1.5 and above as the backend CMS, alternatively I also use WordPress when the clients requirements are better suited to that system. I have also custom written both small hardcoded sites and small dynamic sites based on a custom written CMS, but there is rarely a need for developers to custom build their own CMS at the moment.
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