Blog of a Freelancer – August 8th, 2017 ExpressionEngine Developer Thanks

​I’ve been developing / installing and maintaining ExpressionEngine since late 2011.

It was the first CMS where I felt I had the power to really control the admin side of content management. It felt premium and powerful in the hands of this front-end guy.

Once I got my head around the very different data paradigm (fields can be separate from groups of content which are separate from URLs) I realised the opportunities I had to control the content.

The opportunity to make objects out of pieces of content was a breakthrough - and something I did not encounter when using Wordpress or other systems. Wordpress has the Advanced Custom Fields which is helpful, and CraftCMS takes it all one step further, but ExpressionEngine was my first foray into this idea.

I could single-handedly make things happen, solve complex relationships between pieces of content (well I thought they were complex) and just deliver a good result.

I still use and maintain ExpressionEngine sites, there’s still a developer base and support along with plenty of proven plugins and extensions. While I may prefer CraftCMS for the next project, ExpressionEngine can still get it done.

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I've been a freelance interface designer, UX / UI guy and front-end developer for over 19 years, and a full-time freelancer since 2006. Contact me if you're looking for a help with your project, or your freelance setup.

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Quick facts

  • Freelance web designer based in the Blue Mountains (just outside Sydney)
  • Prefer to work from my office
  • Hour rate: $ contact me
  • Project rate: $ will quote
  • I'm passionate about quality
  • Married, with two great kids

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Skill & software overview

  • Trained graphic designer
  • 19+ yrs commercial experience
  • User-centred approach
  • Advanced Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Advanced HTML & CSS
  • W3C & WAI compliant
  • Responsive / Mobile friendly
  • WordPress customisation
  • ExpressionEngine customisation
  • Craft CMS customisation

I have a few PHP, Javascript and CMS experts that I work with when required – which is handy.

Right now I am...

  • Working with Signet to lift their online presence. Interface design & code, EdMs and digital graphics are all part of the suite of changes underway.
  • Working with the NRL on an updated event-map application and membership search web-app.

Testimonials

Thanks Dave, all looks perfect... The site is looking absolutely brilliant and is exactly as hoped for it to look and function. Tony M, NRL Wellbeing & Education
Just wanted to say a big thanks for your efforts... it's much much better for your work on it... We're all really pumped to take it to the next level again in 2012. Dom, Team Telstra
Very impressive turn around! Thanks mate, I really appreciate it. In hindsight, this should have been done a long time ago. Looking forward to the next stage of development! Oskar B, Sino Resources Capital
David, we keep getting nothing but rave reviews and overly positive feedback on the website – people love it. Thanks so much for the fantastic work! Isaac H, Syncplicity.com
Great job turning this around. Thanks! Sara, RLIF
Hi Dave this looks GREAT!! Thank you... Thanks so much Dave!... very excited about the launch!... Fantastic Dave, this is looking incredible. Josh, JT Allen
I found Dave Rayner to be excellent. Fast, efficient and relatively cheap for website changes. Peter R, Balmain Sailing Club
Thanks so much for your help with those changes, I really appreciate you turning that around for me on such a short deadline. You've been extremely accommodating and helpful in piecing the product together, and I know everyone over here will be thrilled with the final result. Gina, Manly Sea Eagles

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