stuart smitheringale

website developer

Web Developer

I am an experienced website developer working with many distinguished clients on web development projects across the UK and worldwide. See my portfolio.

I am a WordPress specialist but I can develop websites using any major technology. See what I do. My approach is to keep things simple, yet elegant. I believe that ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’.

I graduated with a first class honours degree in Medical Microbiology from the University of Newcastle in 2005 and joined IBM on their Graduate Training Scheme as a business development specialist in strategic outsourcing engagements. I worked with IBM in London until 2008.

I am now a full time web developer with my own company, Blue Ice Website Design.

I am proud to have worked for many distinguished clients, including Brexit Secretary Rt Hon David Davis MP, political campaign group Big Brother Watch, internationally-renowned solicitors Gibson & Co., luxury safari company Volcanoes Safaris and many more.

I strive to create beautiful, responsive websites that are accessible, secure and provide for an excellent user experience. I focus on building websites to achieve tangible results and quick return on investment for your organisation.

skills

I develop professional websites (and apps) using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySql (and some others). Click any of the tabs for more info or click here for all skills.

HTML is the language of the World Wide Web, invented by British physicist Sir Tim Berners Lee at CERN in the mid 1990’s. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It is a programming language that is used for creating the underlying structure of all webpages.

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Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS for short, are used to style the content of a webpage. Your website would look very dull without cascading style sheet rules to style the HTML structure of your web pages.

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JavaScript is a programming language that can be used to build dynamic websites and applications. Alongside HTML and CSS, it is one of three essential technologies of World Wide Web content production; the majority of websites employ it and it is supported by all modern web browsers without plug-ins.

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PHP (PHP HyperText Preprocessor) is a server-side scripting language designed for web development. I use PHP extensively in my projects, especially with WordPress, the world’s best content management system.

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portfolio

Showing a small selection of websites that I have recently developed. Click into any of the tabs for more information about that project.

Big Brother Watch was founded in 2009 with the intention of exposing the true scale of the surveillance state by challenging the policies which threaten our privacy, our freedoms and our civil liberties. They regular feature in the media on tv, radio and in the press.

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David Davis is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union since 2016 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Haltemprice and Howden since 1997, having previously been the MP for Boothferry from 1987. Davis was sworn of the Privy Council in the 1997 New Year Honours, having previously been Minister of State for Europe from 1994 to 1997.

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Founded in 1715, Gibson & Co. Solicitors hold the distinction of being the longest established family-run solicitors firm in the country. Gibson & Co. is one of both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners recommended leading firms, described as “standout” by Legal 500 and ‘As good, if not better, than you will find in London’ by Chambers.

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Volcanoes Safaris is the leading luxury lodge company in Uganda and Rwanda. They have been at the forefront of reviving gorilla and chimpanzee tourism in the region since 1997. Twenty years ago they were the first to set up simple camps in the areas around the gorilla parks. Today, Volcanoes Safaris is the leading luxury lodge company in Uganda and Rwanda.

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One of the rarest animals on Earth, a visit to the Wild Cattle of Chillingham combined with a tour of the fine Castle make an absolutely unique day out in beautiful Northumberland. For 700 years now these remarkable Wild Cattle have been grazing in Chillingham Park. With only around 100 beasts, they are one of the rarest animals on the planet and have remained genetically isolated for hundreds of years.

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Meridian Upholstery is a company of of master upholsterers with a 10,000sq ft factory in the North East of England. They combine traditional British craftsmanship with a small amount of modern technology. They are members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and aspire to be provide the best all round re-upholstery services in the UK today.

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Tia’s Mexican Restaurant in Durham has been established since 1996. They are a family run business, putting great passion into their food and dedication into their customer service. They have been rewarded with outstanding feedback and recognition in the local area and online where they are rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor, receiving a Certificate of Excellence for the current year.

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web development

I have worked on hundreds of web development projects with dozens of clients in the last 8 years. The bulk of my work is website development using WordPress along with related services including training courses, search engine optimisation, web hosting and web maintenance etc.

I am an experienced front end website developer, specialising in WordPress, but working with any major web technology. I have worked with dozens of clients on hundreds of web development projects. My clients include large enterprises, small and medium businesses, restaurants, healthcare providers, politicians, retailers, solicitors, property developers and many more...

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WordPress is a popular content management system used by millions of websites around the world for over 10 years. Beautiful designs, powerful features, and the freedom to build anything you want. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. That’s right. WordPress software is free!

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I support clients with a range of website maintenance options to keep their websites up and running, online and functional. Typically, this includes software updates (especially for WordPress), website backups and content management.

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Search engine optimisation (seo) is the art of engineering your website to perform well in search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. The benefits are obvious. Attract more people to your website to achieve your strategic business goals.

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I take website security very seriously. My websites are developed to a high standard using good code and best practices for website security, especially for WordPress and ecommerce websites. I can also help with a security audit of your current website and projects to harden your existing website security.

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With my knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP, I build interactive and dynamic, database-driven websites and apps.

My recent projects include dynamic product configurators, API integration, surveys, quizzes, calculators, forms, slideshows, animations, video and much more. Whatever you want to achieve, I can probably do it.

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A domain name is the address that people will use to find your website. For example, mine is stuartsmitheringale.co.uk. Together, we will register the perfect domain name for your new website. Or we can work with an existing domain name.

A web hosting package is needed to show your website on the internet and I will help you to choose the best web hosting for your needs (at the best price too). I will even host your website on my own lightning fast, UK-based web servers if that is easier for you.

Your web hosting package normally comes with provision for as many email accounts as required. But if you want to use office365 or an exchange server, that’s no problem.

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My training courses will give you the skills to be more productive online. Suitable for one or more delegates at your workplace or mine.

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locations

I can be found in Stockton-on-Tees which is a small town in Teesside in the North East of England. From Stockton I develop websites, especially WordPress websites, for a broad range of clients across the whole of the UK and worldwide. The majority of my clients are from London and the north east of England, including Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Durham, Teesside, Cleveland etc.

Stockton's heritage includes being home to the the world's first public railway to use steam locomotives, which operated between Stockton and Darlington from 1825 to 1863. You may also recall that Harold Macmillan, the former Conservative Prime Minister adoped the title of Earl of Stockton in 1984 - just 1 month before I was born. Stockton is also home to John Walker the inventor of the friction match.

contact me

You can reach my Teesside office on 01642 689 906, or complete the form for a quick reply (usually within the hour).