My name's Daniel Chesterton and I'm a full stack developer with strong PHP (specialising in Symfony), Go, Objective-C and frontend skills.
I'm based in the UK but I have experience working with clients worldwide, so wherever you're based, don't hesitate to get in touch.
I work with clients to understand their business, their customers and how I can help meet their business objectives through software. I focus on the user experience and business objectives to create a website or application which works for both stakeholders and users.
While I can happily manage the design of your website or app, my specialty lies in 'backend' software development: the technical side of the software. I have experience building websites using popular frameworks and CMS's such as Symfony, Drupal and Wordpress, or I can develop a custom solution.
I get the mobile web, whether that's creating 'apps' or developing mobile friendly, responsive websites. I can advise you on mobile strategy, or develop software for you to take advantage of the opportunities the mobile web offers.
Supporting mobile devices is no longer a 'nice to have', it's essential to your business and brand. A large amount of website traffic now comes from a mobile or tablet device, and the amount is only going to grow. You risk being left behind if you do not offer a mobile option for your users.
Nobody understands your business better than you, so I work together with my clients to develop your website or application. I believe a collaborative approach works best and I'll expect you to be involved throughout the process.
You understand your customers, business objectives and employees better than I ever will. Only by involving clients throughout the project can I produce something that works for you and meets your goals.
Built for you
You should be able to update the content on your website, quickly and easily, without contacting me or needing a degree in Astrophysics. Every website I build can be updated easily by the client through a user friendly, online Content Management System (CMS).
I don't want you to come to me when you need to update content, so I always make it easy for you to do so yourself. Of course, I can provide adequate training in using the software too.
Design and User Experience
I believe that great design should not be a case of 'style over substance', instead it should complement and enhance your content and brand. Great design occurs when each visual element improves the experience for your users and is not added just for design's sake.
The user experience (UX) should be paramount when designing a website or application. I will work with you to understand your target audience, and design a UX appropriate for them. If your budget allows, I will happily perform usability testing too.
Millions of people have disabilities that affect their use of the web; I believe that software should be accessible to everyone. I develop websites and apps which cater to the needs of all, including those with disabilities.
Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, including older users with changing abilities due to ageing. I design software that is flexible to meet different user needs, preferences, and situations.