Freelance
web developer

ROMSEY | SOUTHAMPTON | SALISBURY | WINCHESTER | EASTLEIGH | FAREHAM | HAMPSHIRE

Professional website development services.
Over 30 years experience.
WordPress, Ecommerce, Front-end web development.
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I’m Gary Cottington. I have been a developer for more than 30 years, working for a number of design and marketing agencies across the South of England.

Gary Cottington

Around 10 years ago I decided to go freelance and set up my own business providing website development services.

Honesty and reliability are the backbones of the service I provide. You can be sure of a professional service at all times. And as a sole trader you can be sure that when you pick up the phone you’ll always be dealing direct with me.

My business philosophy has always been one of delivering a quality product at a fair price. And I am proud that my clients return time after time because they know that I deliver what I say I will.

what I do

and how I can help you

Designers, design agencies, marketing agencies and businesses hire me to build bespoke websites for them or their clients.

Planning website design on a wipeboard

Website development requires knowledge in a wide range of skills and disciplines.

The following is where you’ll find that I can bring the most experience to your web project…

Typically, those that hire my services will supply me with the website designs. Either because they are the designer or they have a designer on board already for the project.

I am hired to do the front-end and back-end development work. But I do flex my creative muscles on occasions too to do a little web design work from time-to-time.

website coding on a laptop
wordpress websites

I have been developing websites on WordPress for many years and have an in-depth knowledge of working with this Content Management System. This enables me to deliver high quality, bespoke websites that are well-optimised for WordPress with maximum performance and security.

Experienced with key plugins such as WooCommerce and Advanced Custom Fields.

html css js php

HTML, CSS, JavaScript (jQuery) and Php are the core technologies I work with all the time. And this experience compliments my work with WordPress to be able to deliver the complete web build service, encompassing both front-end and back-end development.

And if you need a few enhancements with animation then I can provide this too with CSS or GSAP.

website consultant

Assessing, planning, technical evaluation and solution finding. Never under-estimate how important the scoping phase of any project is. With huge experience, both working within an agency environment and also on my own, I can bring all this to your project to ensure that specifications and costs are clear. Delivering technical solutions on time and within budget.

website maintenance

I am very pro-active when it comes to ensuring that websites are supported into the future. I do this via my Website Support Plans. This includes regularly updating software, site backups and ongoing technical support.

And if you need someone to simply update your website content once in a while then take a look at my Website Editor Plan to see how I can help.

websites

recently completed

IA Global Capital

Technology-focused investment banking services.

Website development. WordPress.
Design by SandisonPay.

website design for IA Global Capital
website design for IA Global Capital

iDAD UK

Structured investment solutions to wealth managers around the world.

Website development. WordPress.
Design by Bloc Design Studio.

website design for iDAD UK
website design for iDAD UK

Thornbridge

Fund Management services.

Website development. WordPress.
Design by Bloc Design Studio.

website design for Thornbridge
website design for Thornbridge

testimonials

what my clients have said…

…Just looked at the new website it looks amazing, just wanted to say thanks for working so hard to get it out on time…

…Thank you so very much, it’s always a pleasure working with you…

…Thanks Gary, you’ve smashed this. Looks great.

…Gary’s expertise and experience is second to none and he is always able to deliver a robust solution…

…I am so glad you are there to turn to…

…Thank you so much Gary, it’s looking awesome I’m so, so pleased with it…

…Super star, thanks so much Gary…

…The site looks amazing as I knew it would, thank you so much…

…Gary’s ability to find a solution to any problem has been in no doubt invaluable to the success of all the projects we have worked on…

faqs

How much will a website cost?

The cost is determined by the specific requirements that you have, and the scale and scope of the work needed to produce your website. Simply get in touch and let me know what you are looking for and I will provide you with a quote.

What is your current availability?

This varies greatly, but it’s not uncommon for me to be booked up several weeks in advance. The best thing to do is simply contact me and ask.

Can you work at our location?

Sorry, but I am unable to do this. I only work remotely. But with today’s technologies, collaborating at a distance has become easy and efficient.

Will you sign an NDA?

As long as the NDA is in plain English, doesn’t require a solicitor to decipher, and doesn’t compromise my existing business relationships, then yes.

Do you provide training?

I don’t provide face-to-face training. But I am happy to offer support and advice via telephone and email during the build, and also post launch if you take out one of my website support plans. And if you need some training documents created then I could provide a quote for this.

If I provide the designs what format do they need to be in?

Designs should be supplied either in Adobe Photoshop or XD format. With placed images also supplied separately. Icons should ideally be supplied in SVG format.

Do you work with any other CMS other than WordPress?

Very occasionally I may get a request to help out with a website built in Squarespace or Shopify. So I have some, albeit a more limited, experience with these particular platforms.

news & articles

my business blog

Project_R website build completed

This is a new site for a business providing personal training and group exercise.

This is a new site for a business providing personal training and group exercise. Designed by SandisonPay, and built by myself in WordPress, this site features videos of the trainers and clients.

The design is very focused towards mobile devices in the main as this business’ target market will likely be viewing the site on such devices. But it works beautifully on desktop browsers too.

Project_R website design
Project_R website design

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New website built for IA Global Capital

July has been very busy this year with the launch of a number of new sites, including this one that I built for IA Global Capital.

July has been very busy this year with the launch of a number of new sites, including this one that I built for IA Global Capital.

With a fantastic new design, by agency SandisonPay, the site delivers a strong online presence for IAGC.

Built in WordPress, the site is loaded with nice features and slick presentation touches. It also includes a bespoke Transactions feature where the client can easily post all their recent transactions via their website dashboard.

IAGC website design
IAGC website development

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Website launched for Levick Stanley

I recently completed the build of a new website for recruitment company Levick Stanley.

I recently completed the build of a new website for recruitment company Levick Stanley.

Designed by Express Creative, the new site delivers a cleaner, simplified presentation over the old site.

One of the key elements of the new site was the redevelopment of the jobs board. This integrates with the client’s Recruit So Simple account to deliver up-to-date job postings.

Levick Stanley website design

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GSAP plugin for WordPress

I have been incorporating GSAP into my WordPress builds for some time now. And to help facilitate this I have created a new plugin called Load GSAP.

I have been incorporating GSAP into my WordPress builds for some time now. And to help facilitate this I have created a new plugin. The plugin, called Load GSAP, I have decided to make publicly available to anyone who wants to use it.

The main purpose of the plugin is simply to provide a mechanism for loading GSAP libraries and plugins into your website via the WordPress dashboard.

Load GSAP plugin settings page

If you are a Club Greensock member then you can also manage your GSAP plugins via this plugin. You will however need to upload the plugins to your own server first before you can enable them via the plugin settings page. No GSAP files are distributed with this plugin, and you must respect the GSAP licensing at all times.

In addition to managing the GSAP libraries and plugins, the Load GSAP plugin also includes a Beta feature called ‘Preset animations’. This enables you to apply some simple entrance animations to WordPress Blocks when they enter the browser viewport. For example you could have a block fade in, or fade in from the left or right. To apply a preset animation to a block you simply add a css class.

Full details about using this plugin are included on the plugin settings page.

The plugin is being released under my ‘plugged!’ brand name and is subject to the BSD license.

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A new suite of websites for IDAD

I have worked with IDAD for many years and recently I have been helping to develop multiple websites to replace their old site.

I have worked with IDAD for many years and recently I have been helping to develop multiple websites to replace their old site.

In collaboration with Block Design Studio we have released three new sites. These are:-

IDAD UK – idad.co.uk
IDAD Funds – idadfunds.com
IDAD Solutions – idadsolutions.co.uk

Additional sites will be added at a later date to complete the full suite.

iDAD UK website design
iDAD Funds website design
iDAD Solutions website design

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New website for Thornbridge Investment Management

I have just completed re-development of a website for Thornbridge, a provider of investment solutions.

I have just completed re-development of a website for Thornbridge, a provider of investment solutions.

Design was by Block Design Studio.

Thornbridge website design

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Monthly payments now available via direct debit

I am always looking for new ways that I can help my clients and today I am able to announce that I now accept payments by direct debit.

I am always looking for new ways that I can help my clients and today I am able to announce that I now accept payments by direct debit.

As a result I am also now able to offer a facility where you can now spread the cost of a new website over a full year. So if you have been putting off getting that new website due to the thought of having to fund a significant payment in one lump sum then talk to me about the new monthly payment plan.

Website support plans are also now available on a monthly payment plan.

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contact me

Telephone: 07539 228460

Email: enquiries@garycottington.co.uk

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When contacting me via email please be sure to include your name, company name and phone number.

Enquiries will answered within 24 hours whenever possible.