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 16 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...

  • Designing and front-end coding an online software service for the Australian real estate / strata industry. This electronic strata voting app allows lot owners and strata managers to setup & vote on strata agendas.
  • Working with Signet to lift their online presence. Interface design & code, EdMs and digital graphics are all part of the suite of changes underway.

Testimonials

Wow after months of collaboration with the fantastic Dave Rayner, we are loving our new website. Colourful, fresh, easy to navigate and so many pictures to get our travel juices flowing! A big thank you Dave for making our transition from old to new super easy. Hayley, Sisterhood Women's Travel
I just wanted to thank you for the work you've put in – you're a true professional and I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone (except our competition!) Al, Specialised Force
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
Thanks Dave! Definitely more than happy to recommend your work in the future, you've made our emails at signet 100 times easier! Jessica S, Signet
Dave interprets a brief really well and most often gets it right straight away which leads to great client satisfaction. He's easy to work with, has great suggestions and ideas and gets the job done quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend his services. Chris, CKWEB
Great effort! I really like working with you as you can work off my short scribblings and make sense from the resulting in a cracking web page! Rickard, Corality
This is great. Thanks Dave! Fantastic! WOOOHOOOO! Sara, NRL
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

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