Monthly Archives: January 2013

Why use a framework? with Alick Mighall

Talk Archive: 31st January 2013

Talk Description

Alick Mighall has been working as a digital producer since 1994

He is currently MD of miggle.co.uk, a Brighton based web agency which he founded in 2007, after seven years’ international and board level experience at Yahoo!

Miggle’s success has largely been driven by the fact that it understands web audiences. Everyday, millions of UK Internet users engage with content that has been created by, or sites that have been planned and built by the team.

Alick’s talk looks at why and how miggle.co.uk have made the choices they have around using open source content management systems and frameworks – in particular Drupal.

It’s delivered from a Product Manager’s perspective and should be relevant to anyone who’s thinking of moving away from a proprietary approach to web development.

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Grow, without funding with Kate Bendix

Talk Archive: 31st January 2013

Talk Description

How do you set up an online retail business and start trading, for £25? How do you grow it without spending a penny on advertising? How do you spread your retail message far and wide, grow your customer base and end up with a £78K annual turnover in three years? Selling dog treats.

You use all the free tools at your disposal, spend what money you do have, wisely; good web design is probably the most important, and use your new ‘brand’ to make yourself look as big as you can to the browsing customer.

Kate Bendix set up www.myitchydog.co.uk three years ago from a desk, in a crevice, in her house with a £24.99 out of the box website. She’s now based at a permanent desk at Worthing Coworking, has one employee, and has turned the dining room and garden shed over to stock and packing benches.

She has built the business using free social media, email newsletters, blogging and offline media (TV, radio, magazines,) customer engagement, customer surveys and social media ‘champions’.

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Members: Mark Ford

Mark FordMark is a freelance front end web developer with over 12 years experience building sites for a wide range of clients, from large insurance firms & retailers to small brochure sites including Tesco, HSBC, Virgin Atlantic & Virgin Holidays, Kwik-Fit Insurance and MoreTh>n.

Specialties:
(X)HTML, HTML5, CSS, Semantic markup, Javascript (jQuery), Agile development, Usability, Accessibility, DDA compliance, Cross Browser comparability, Responsive design

A Worthing resident for over 25 years, Mark thinks the town is underrated, and often overshadowed by its neighbour Brighton. By running WorthingDigital Mark hopes to raise the profile of the digital community in Worthing.

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Members: James Bradshaw

James BradshawI have been developing web applications using Microsoft technologies since 1999. Working for a range of companies from small businesses needing simple functionality up to blue chip organisations working on enterprise level applications.

The business sectors I have worked within include travel, property, retail, finance, health and charities, which has given me the experience to work on web sites, intranets, back office applications, business to business integration, database design, database migration, and integration into legacy systems.

I can also provide skills at a project level with technical analysis and advice, requirements gathering, training and support.

Skills:
C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, SQL Server, Web Services, ASP, VBScript, JQuery, AJAX, CSS, XHTML

Certification:
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Web Developer

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Members: Keith Fowler

Keith FowlerKeith is a business development and marketing strategist with a passion for everything digital. A member of The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing, highly experienced in developing solutions for increased client engagement and conversion.

When he’s not busy being a human climbing frame for his two children, Keith runs for a local running club and oversees Worthing Dads, a flexible group for stay at home dads in the area.

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