Web development services

I have recently started offering my services as an independent web developer. Over the past 10 years, I have been involved—to a lesser or greater degree—in more than three dozen web development and e-commerce projects. In a way, this move is also bringing me full-circle: I owned one of the very first web development companies in South Africa, way back when the internet just started.

Why choose me?

Great question. I can think of several reasons:

  1. I believe in keeping things as simple as possible.
  2. I can do much more than build websites.
  3. I build beautiful, breathtakingly fast websites that work on any device.
  4. I am building a brand-new web-dev portfolio.

The value of simplicity

The internet is full of marvellous websites. There are many developers who will build you a WordPress site with razz-metazz and sizzle. WordPress (a CMS) is incredibly powerful. But it is overkill for the 97.761%1 of websites. This results in websites that are prone to security risks, long loading times, maintenance burdens, and expense.

I do not mean to pick on WordPress… the same can be said for most Content Management Systems. That is the reason why there has been a mass exodus towards ‘static website generators’, which offer many of the benefits of CMSs, but without many of the downsides. (‘Mass exodus’ may be a tad strong. More like a quiet defection.) They offer less power, which I argue is a good thing, but are faster and more cost effective to develop, cheaper to host (often 100% free), easier to maintain, fast-loading, and secure.

I build static websites using one of the rising stars of the static website world, Hugo. It is super-fast to use, and probably offers more than enough functionality to fit your needs. Indeed, it is what I used to develop this website, along with some JavaScript, CSS/SASS, and HTML5. For any more advanced functionality, I use several libraries written in Golang, hosted on Google’s cloud infrastructure.

(For more complex requirements, I do offer additional solutions, even WordPress sites. If you want to know more please get in touch.)

I offer much more than web development

I bring years of experience in marketing and media to the table. Need help with strategy? I have you covered. How about branding? Ditto. And… well. Perhaps it is best if you just look at a this page to see what else I offer.

Beautiful, blazingly fast, responsive websites

Slow websites lose visitors. That is not conjecture, it’s a fact, at least according to the authors of that infographic, which claims, among other things, that 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less, and that 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. That does not bode well for most sites, which according to these guys, take more than 19 seconds over a 3G connection. Given the fact that Wi-Fi and mobile-connected devices will generate 68% of all internet traffic by 2017, this is a problem.

I aim to develop sites that look great on every type of device (mobile, tablet, laptop, or large-format desktop), and load blazingly fast.

I am building my portfolio

Until I am happy that I have a competitive portfolio in place, I am offering a 50% discount on all web development projects (coding and design).

  1. An entirely made-up statistic (unlike every other statistic quoted on this page), but I would venture an educated guess that I’m not off by very much. [return]