After two months freelance work at Pod1 I was offered a full time role. Front End Development work was mainly site maintenance over the first year, updating homepage designs, changing sections and introducing new product promotions and offers. Other work included the updaing of account pages and checkouts when new functionality was required, liaising with the developers, designers and project managers. clients include Links of London, Uniqlo, Kurt Geiger, Jigsaw online, Anya Hindmarch, Myla and Global Mechanism.
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) was carried out in the final stages of all projects; Pod1 have a dedicated SEO team that fine tune pages before a site or new section to an existing website is launched. Visit the Pod1 SEO website
I was also given the responsiblity of taking over and finishing such projects as Redcarnation Hotels and Aspinals.
Sites were ran on Gutenberg, a PHP e-commerce and content management system built in-house at Pod1, but this system was replaced in 2008 by Magento as a platform for new e-commerce sites. I was assigned the role as Lead Front End Developer in 2008 on Romo and Anna Scholz, two of the first websites to use Magento at Pod1.
Another up and coming PHP solution, Symfony, was taken a step further and developed into Pod1’s Epifony Content Management System. I was Lead Front End Dev on the initial templates for Yahoo Advertising (an online portal for Yahoo!‘s B2B sector) and the Barcelo Hotels redesign.