I began developing a new website for Prescot Cables FC during the summer of 2018. The club had, like many others, been using Pitchero's template-based system because of the amount of automation provided. However, a change in pricing models, coupled with the club's desire to have something representative of its own values and identity, rather than customising a generic, pre-built site led to a decision to bring the project in house.

This project was the first website I built from scratch using WordPress (I have used Joomla! and Sitecore on previous projects). The aim was to create something that was easy to navigate, placed a strong emphasis on supporter engagement and was easy to maintain. It uses a responsive layout to assist visitors who use mobile devices to browse.

The menu bar at the top of the page is 'sticky', so is visible throughout a visit. The site is managed by a team of volunteers, including myself and is rapidly developing into an archive for the club; electronic versions of the matchday programme are available to download, new image galleries are being added weekly and it is hoped that, eventually, the History section will be expanded significantly. 

Just as importantly from the club's perspective, by moving away from Pitchero, the club has reduced costs significantly. 

Visit the Prescot Cables FC Website

Sheryl Toomey Brown

Sheryl Toomey Brown is an experienced Wedding Photographer who is based in Manchester and works around the North West of England and beyond.

Sheryl's willingness to cover our forthcoming wedding just outside Liverpool in June 2018 and reasonable prices brought me into contact with her and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to develop a website to showcase her work.   

I was given plenty of photos to work with - almost 200 - and all of these feature in a special Portfolio section of the site. The way this works is quite pleasing, in that when a visitor arrives on the page they are shown a random selection of five images from the collection provided. Reloading the page generates a new selection of photos, while clicking on any of the images expands that photo in a lightbox, from where the user can scroll through the entire set of photos. An example of how this works is shown below:

 An example of the lightbox feature incorporated into Sheryl Toomey Brown's website.

The lightbox features works just as well on mobile devices as on larger screens and really showcases Sheryl's flair for capturing the emotion and love that form part of every couple's special day. It's a project that I'm very proud of.

Visit Sheryl Toomey Brown Wedding Photography.

I have been involved with the South-East England Schools' Football Association (SEESFA) through my work with the Middlesex Schools' FA. and have been collating the results of the various competitions run by SEESFA using the Full-Time software provided by The FA for a number of seasons. I did this primarily to assist with the management of the Middlesex Schools' FA website, whilst also providing a resource for the other member associations.

SEESFA had a website, but it hadn't been maintained since 2012, due to the challenges of using the Content Management System provided by their hosts. Working alongside the volunteer members of the Management Committee, I took a 'clean slate' approach to the site, with the aim of creating a 'one-stop-shop' for results and fixtures.

To achieve this in an efficient fashion, I embedded data feeds from Full-Time into the site, meaning that whenever the central database was updated, the SEESFA site would reflect this immediately, in the same way that the Middlesex site does. An example of these feeds in action can be found on the U14 Boys' League Tables page.

The site went live in October 2017 and uses a responsive layout which is optimised to ensure the site loads quickly on any device.   

Visit the SEESFA Website.

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