PHP Web Developer in Bournemouth

Laravel • WordPress • PHP • Freelance

Hello, I’m George Buckingham, an enthusiastic web developer from Highcliffe (near Bournemouth), Dorset. I have over 8 years experience working with individuals, businesses and web agencies to develop bespoke, effective websites that deliver results. I call myself a web developer, but I don’t just design & build websites – I solve problems using the web.

The bespoke web applications, custom business systems and API driven services that I plan, build and maintain are developed using Laravel – a powerful PHP framework for rapid development. Combined with modern PHP features & development practices, I can quickly expand upon the base toolkit provided by Laravel to deliver efficient online applications.

I also work heavily with WordPress, which can be a great content management system for websites when carefully built upon using modern techniques. The websites that I build on WordPress use custom themes and plugins to give full control & flexibility to editors, without sacrificing performance for visitors which can be a problem with many off-the-shelf themes & plugins.

Although my primary focus is PHP development, I also carefully hand-craft semantic, responsive user interfaces for the web using HTML, CSS, LESS and JavaScript.

I know exactly what every line of my code is doing, and importantly how and why it’s doing it. My code is always version controlled using GIT and I use Capistrano to deploy my bespoke PHP applications. I often configure and manage my own servers running a LEMP stack (Linux, NGINX, PHP, MySQL) and am exploring the AWS platform.

I graduated from university in 2012 and was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Web Development. Areas of study included PHP development, front end development, database administration, usability and networking. For my dissertation I developed a project management system for small web agencies – the implementation and final report were both marked at 92%, and I achieved an overall mark of 88%.

As well as freelancing, I currently work full time for a web development agency in Bournemouth. I’m primarily responsible for our bespoke development projects, but also develop our highly custom WordPress based sites too. I work with a variety of clients including international software companies, local authority organisations & schools, exciting new start-ups and local businesses.

When I’m not coding, you’ll find me listening to music, cycling in the New Forest, enjoying some travel, attempting to take photographs or relaxing on one of the nearby beaches / quays.

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