I make websites using the awesome open-source web publishing platform that is WordPress. It provides a flexible, adaptable framework which I can tweak and customise – and occasionally break! – to my heart’s content. With the ongoing support of an international team of volunteer developers and testers who contribute their expertise to make a world-class, freely available blogging platform, WordPress has progressed and matured into something eminently suitable for use as a CMS (content management system) – a way of building websites were the user can control and update their own content.
As a rule I use the Genesis theme as the basis for the work I do. It’s a top-class theme, very well put together and very well supported, great for SEO and extremely customisable.
I learn as I go – an ongoing process with no end in sight – and though I make no claims to be an expert, I can make a nice website, one which is secure and works well in modern browsers across the range of modern devices.
My aim is to reflect my clients, or their projects or businesses, as accurately as possible with a unique design. I can help organise their information and present it well. I can also work to supplied designs if required.
I can work at a distance, and have completed numerous projects as far afield as Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia, as well as all across the UK – from the western Isles of Scotland to Somerset, and many points in-between.
Since 2012 my websites feature responsive layouts as standard, meaning they will adapt to display nicely on the varying screensizes of today’s devices, from desktop monitors through iPads and tablets to smartphones.
I also take steps to secure my websites (as far as possible in these days of brute-force attacks and drive-by hacking) and the initial fee includes 12 months of technical updates – essential for security – and minor alts as required.
I can help with web presence generally: logos & branding; hosting, e-commerce, SEO. I can also produce print-ready artwork: business cards, flyers, posters etc.
I’m aiming at individuals, creatives, musicians/bands, artists, dancers, performers, artisan crafters, events & festivals, small businesses, charities and community groups.
Audio, Photography & Video
I can advise on audio use (self-hosted audio files or embedded players for streamed music) and can also produce simple high quality recordings if required.
I can also outsource photography and video production. Image galleries and videos can be self-hosted or embedded from Youtube/Vimeo or Flickr/Instagram etc.
I try my best to accommodate all kinds of budgets: simple Qs & As, consultancy, training and advice for those who want to develop their own websites; setting up off-the-peg WordPress themes for personal sites or blogs; small/medium sized sites with a standard array of features and a bespoke theme; larger e-commerce sites with full business capabilites.
In Scotland the letter J is often pronounced ‘jai’. My initials are JGL.
In 1999 I joined an Edinburgh agency as a trainee front-end developer with a small team of designers and programmers, producing work for various commercial clients. After some time I needed a change of scene so I left the agency to join a local community arts charity where I worked as a musician and workshop facilitator, an admin bod, a web developer, a pre-press print artworker, a driver and a cook. As you do.
Then in 2009, the credit having just crunched, I discovered WordPress and set up Jaijiel Creative. A constant stream of word-of-mouth enquiries and referrals meant that I didn’t have the time or the need to build my own site. After five years though it was getting embarrassing to have to admit I still didn’t have one of my own.
So I do now.