Rich Gray

PHP/MySQL Web developer - Zend certified - with over 15 years experience

Summary

I have been a PHP/MySQL web developer since around 2000.

I have developed complex price comparison web sites in Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, Malta and Bermuda as well as an online book store with over 18m titles and a child modelling agency site and several Wordpress and e-commerce (including Woocommerce) sites.. amongst many others.

I recently developed a complex flight planning jQuery widget tool for a leading software supplier here on the Isle of Wight to be offered as part of their suite of flight management software tools.

I use OOP techniques throughout and have finely honed skills in database design, 'back end' coding and UI development using JavaScript (usually JQuery)/CSS/HTML/JSON/Rest/SOAP/AJAX. I am also fully conversant with web server set up and administration type work eg server builds from source, configuration, shell scripting, software installation, monitoring, performance tuning etc.

I have experience with the following applications:-

Wordpress and Woocommerce
OpenCart
Magento
Zen Cart
jShop

and others..

From full blown sites with rich complexity to small business brochure sites to PHP frameworks I have a solution to suit the budget.

Testimonials

Posted by Susa Eklow (Managing Director), Oakleaf Books & Library Consultancy (www.oakleafbooks.se)

Written testimonial:
Rich Gray has been my right-hand man in creating and managing my website since 2009. Oakleafbooks.se, which he has created is a database for new books of which the data and images are cumulatively added each week. When I set out to begin the business, I contacted many computer engineers but they were all unable to build the website as it was very complex. Rich was able to create the database and website and deliver in time. Maintenance, cost control and updates have solely been handled by Rich, after consultative meetings. We recently (October 2012)migrated to a new server, and Rich handled the migration and setup without a hitch. The migration reduced our costs and we gained because it is a much faster server than the previous one. Rich is also prompt in responding to work. As soon as we decide to make new developments, Rich implements them very quickly, usually the same day! When creating a website, Rich also takes economic aspects of the business into consideration, which, of course, is a great advantage to your business venture. I recommend Rich to anybody who is looking for a committed professional computer engineer and/or web-designer. If you want results and high class work, get Rich Gray!!!

Portfolio

Bellwade

https://www.bellwade.co.uk/

I developed a custom jQuery widget for Bellwade's flagship ISAR Flight Operations SaaS product. The widget allowed pilots/charter service providers to plan flight routes by drawing an overlay on Google maps. Each leg and route of the flightpath was then costed for fuel use and personnel time and flight plans could be saved and re-loaded at a later date. The widget also provided full customisation capabilities and was multi-lingual from the ground up and as part of the development I included a PHP based back end emulation layer of their proprietary ISAR system.

skills used: jQuery, javascript , PHP

Afterword

http://theafterword.co.uk

I am the lead technical resource for this busy music and popular culture Wordpress based site. I have customised and built several plugins for this site as well as administering all upgrades necessary as well as giving technical support to the user base.

skills used: PHP, MySql, jQuery, Html, AJAX, Wordpress, JavaScript

Ray & Robin Model Agency

http://www.rayandrobin.com

This was a custom Wordpress based site build for a busy child modelling agency in the UK. I was responsible for the complete site build and design including hosting and ongoing maintenance, enhancements and support.

skills used: PHP, Wordpress, MySql, jQuery, Apache, Html, LINUX, JavaScript, Html

Consilium Design

http://www.primroseandplum.co.uk

I am the lead technical resource for this popular high end home furnishings e-commerce site. The site was migrated from jShop to a Wordpress WooCommerce based site and I am responsible for the data conversion process as well as template customisations. I am currently building a custom plug in for populating product orders from the affiliate store Not on the High Street.

skills used: PHP, Wordpress, AJAX, jQuery, MySql, E-Commerce, JavaScript

Consilium Design

http://www.thestylishdogcompany.co.uk

This is a bespoke e-commerce site that I have taken over and am supporting technically. I have made several customisations and enhancements since becoming involved in the site support.

skills used: PHP, Html, MySql, jQuery, AJAX, JavaScript, E-Commerce

Gobstock

http://gobstock.com

This is a busy US based haberdashery/general goods on-line store based on the OpenCart e-commerce platform. I have been involved in implementing various customisations relating primarily to performance improvements, SEO optimisation and usability improvements. Some of the developments were implemented using the VQMod sub-system/extension for OpenCart.

skills used: PHP, MySql, jQuery, Apache, Html, LINUX, XML, AJAX, E-Commerce

Anthony Hudson

http://www.anthonyhudson.com

Constructed and heavily customised a Wordpress based installation for the persoanl web site of the renowned football/soccer coach who is currently the national coach for Bahrain.

skills used: PHP, MySql, JavaScript, Wordpress, Html, Apache, LINUX, jQuery, AJAX

EasyChange Group

http://www.telecosts.com

I was responsible for the design and development of a series of complex calculation engines in PHP/MySQL for both in house projects and for the Maltese government consumer watchdog organisation MCA. These engines provide consumers with price and feature comparisons for complex contracts such as Mobile and Fixed line telephony, Broadband and bundled services. These calculators are considered to be the most accurate and feature rich in the industry. To support the operation of these engines I designed and developed a custom OOP based framework together with a complex operator/administration system.

skills used: PHP, MySql, JavaScript, Html, jQuery, LINUX, Apache, Windows, AJAX, IIS

OakLeaf Books

http://www.oakleafbooks.se

Customised build of the Opencart e-commerce software to support an on-line book store with over 18m titles. This volume of publications required integrating the Sphinx search engine into the OpenCart search functionality as well as many other database design changes and SQL optimisations to provide a good usable performance.

skills used: PHP, MySql, jQuery, Apache, AJAX, LINUX, SQL, CSS, Html, E-Commerce

EasyChange Group

http://www.besttariff.be

I was responsible for the design and development of a series of complex calculation engines in PHP/MySQL for both in house projects and for the Belgian government consumer watchdog organisation BIPT. These engines provide consumers with price and feature comparisons for complex contracts such as Mobile and Fixed line telephony, Broadband and bundled services. These calculators are considered to be the most accurate and feature rich in the industry. To support the operation of these engines I designed and developed a custom OOP based framework together with a complex operator/administration system.

skills used: PHP, MySql, Apache, LINUX, jQuery, AJAX, CSS, IIS, Windows

EasyChange Group

http://callcosts.ie

I was responsible for the design and development of a series of complex calculation engines in PHP/MySQL for both in house projects and for the Irish government consumer watchdog organisation ComReg. These engines provide consumers with price and feature comparisons for complex contracts such as Mobile and Fixed line telephony, Broadband and bundled services. These calculators are considered to be the most accurate and feature rich in the industry. To support the operation of these engines I designed and developed a custom OOP based framework together with a complex operator/administration system.

skills used: PHP, MySql, SQL, jQuery, Html, Windows, IIS, CSS

Anglomedia

http://kinkyangel.co.uk/

Heavily customised build of the Zen Cart e-commerce software for a Goth clothing store - I built in the ability to run multiple store fronts into Zen Cart which does not support this feature natively.

skills used: PHP, MySql, jQuery, LINUX, Html, SQL, CSS, Apache, AJAX, E-Commerce

Work Flexibility

Location flexibility

Within Ryde.
Within Isle of Wight.
Within United Kingdom.
Would temporarily relocate.
Would permanently relocate.
Can telecommute.

Length of contract

Days.
Weeks.
Months.
Years.