Alex Walker

I am a multi-disciplined web developer, specialising in user experience and accessibility. I currently work for the prestigious digital marketing agency Clicky based in Chester, operating remotely from my home in Nottinghamshire. I work with both the WordPress CMS and Laravel development framework.

My biggest professional motivation is to help small businesses grow, which lets them take on more staff and makes everyone better off. I offer value in both my technical knowledge and my experience working in a range of industries. My aim with all clients is to become a collaborative partner rather than just a service provider.

Building websites since 1997

(and good ones since about 2008)

My first experience of coding was in the early ’90s, poking around in the files of QBasic games like Nibbles and Gorillas. I turned Nibbles into a Jurassic Park simulator… yes, I was that cool.

I built my first website in 1997, on the topic of the multiplayer shooter Quake II, which my dad allowed me to play for one hour of dial-up internet a night (so exactly when I found time to publish a website I don’t know).

Two years later, while in sixth form, I launched Lost That Loving Feeling, a satirical Nottingham Forest fan site that endures/is endured to this day.

I trained as a journalist, but during my university days I built sites for local bands and a couple of small businesses. My coding skills – albeit limited to HTML, CSS and rudimentary JavaScript – came in handy for my first few jobs writing online content for local newspapers and BBC Nottingham.

As my writing career progressed, I continued to create sites and worked for an online wholesaler for a while, but it wasn’t until the late 2000s that I started using the WordPress CMS to publish my work and learned PHP so I could customise my templates.

After building up a portfolio in my spare time, I started freelancing as a developer in 2011, soon progressing from simple websites to complex online business systems.

I landed my first agency job in 2015 and won a few awards the following year, dontcha know. I then moved to another of the East Midlands’ best-ranked digital agencies before stepping back into freelance work. As of Spring 2022 I am working for the Chester-based agency Clicky.

You can read my full employment history in my CV.