Chris Cook

Senior / Expert PHP Developer


With over fourteen years commercial experience I have developed database driven web applications for international projects with my previous blue-chip employer. I have also worked extensively on many different projects for smaller local businesses regularly developing database driven websites.

I consider myself an expert in robust database design and normalisation. I am also an expert with OO PHP and SQL on LAMP. I frequently use the CodeIgniter framework. I am familiar with the MVC design pattern and have even developed my own MVC frameworks in the past. I also have experience with other PHP frameworks such as Symfony and Cake.

I am a polyglot; I know JavaScript at an advanced level (functional event driven programming / NodeJS) as well as Objective-C at a basic level.

I use both Git and Subversion version control systems daily.

I take pride in designing elegant and secure software solutions.


Posted by Caroline Watson (MD), Firewhacker Design

Written testimonial:
I've worked with Chris for several years on a number of varied projects; he is very professional and reliable and I am happy to recommend him.

Posted by Rupert Cross (Director), 5874 Design

Written testimonial:
Chris is an extremely good web developer whom we have worked with for over 5 years now.

His ability to think round a problem, combined with technical expertise has meant that we have engaged his services on numerous projects.


Swordfish Advertising Ltd

I developed this simple website for my client using PHP, HTML and CSS

skills used: PHP, Html, CSS

Creative Dept Ltd

Working with my client The Creative Dept I developed this website using the MODx CMS for the local Community Area Partnership.

skills used: PHP, CMS, Html, CSS

Swale Heating Ltd

I developed this bespoke contract management application for Swale Heating Ltd. The application is connected to a 56 GB Oracle database and is built using CodeIgniter running on IIS. It also uses JavaScript to drive graphing systems and Crystal Reports.

skills used: Oracle, PHP, OO, IIS, Crystal Reports

Hunter Selection Ltd

Developed this bespoke website for the client after they saw the work I had done on their sister company's website CWP Jobs. It includes a job search facility.

skills used: PHP, OO, MySql

Crush Design Ltd

I developed this bespoke website for a recruitment company in Bristol. The website receives job listings via an XML API push from the Broadbean job listings website, but also includes a custom administration interface in the back end to allow the client to manage their own jobs. This piece of work also led to two other projects, including the development of a website for their sister company (Hunter Selection) and the development of an internal candidate management application for Hunter Selection.

skills used: PHP, Html, CSS, MySql

Swordfish Advertising Ltd

I developed this challenging HTML / CSS / Flash website for my client Swordfish Advertising, a large Bristol-based advertising agency. The Flash work was outsourced to an external developer, but many of the animations on the website were developed to work both with and without Flash.

skills used: PHP, CSS, seo, OO, Project Management

Staff Management Ltd

Project Managed and developed this website for the Active Assistance group. The project needed to meet W3C WCAG Priority 2 standards of accessibility. The client also required the website to be built using an open source CMS. I selected the MODx CMS which allowed me to develop several bespoke functions for the website within the context of a CMS framework.

skills used: Project Management, PHP, Html, CSS, Access

The Leather Store

Project managed and developed this successful e-commerce website for my client. The website is built using the CodeIgniter OO PHP framework.

skills used: Project Management, PHP, CSS, Html

Office Water Coolers SW Ltd

Project managed and developed this website for my existing client Office Water Coolers SW Ltd

skills used: PHP, MySql, Html, CSS, Project Management


Developed my own portfolio website using the CodeIgniter OO PHP framework.

skills used: OO, PHP, Html, CSS

Office Water Coolers

I was asked to develop a new website for this company, I have since revised the website to make it more accessible and search engine friendly.

skills used: Html

Work Flexibility

Location flexibility

Within Bristol.
Within South West.
Within United Kingdom.
Would temporarily relocate.
Would permanently relocate.
Can telecommute.

Length of contract