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Internet Solutions by Andy Merrett

"Simplicity Without Compromise"

Internet Solutions: Design/Build

Design/Build

The heart of a solid online presence is still the web site, but 2013's Internet now includes a host of other important places you need to consider.

Not only that, but it's vital to consider the growing number of mobile devices being used to access the Internet.

I design, build and grow the web presence of organisations and individuals looking to increase sales, grow income, boost visitor numbers and retention, and more effectively share their message.

From simple sites through to online commerce, information portals, and custom applications, I can advise, plan and create the perfect site for you — one that is cleanly designed, fast-loading, fully linked with social media, mobile ready, and search engine friendly.

I will keep the design of your existing print materials or advise on redesigning your entire brand identity. I work closely with several highly-talented graphic designers and will call upon their expertise should your project require it.

Want to know more? Contact me or fill out this form for an informal chat about your requirements.

Internet Solutions: Content

Content

Without compelling, effective content, a web site or social media presence is worthless.

Powerful video, engaging images and persuasive prose will help to gain you visitors, sell your products, increase your income, and effectively communicate your message.

Search engines devour content.

People share worthy content.

You and your business depend on relevant content.

With ten years' freelance writing experience, and even more involved in writing both technical and user documentation, I have the skill and ability to create content which increases the visibility of your web site (i.e. Brand "You") and turns visitors into followers... customers... brand ambassadors.

From re-working existing content, creating new copy, to providing ongoing copywriting/ghostwriting services for your blog or newsletter, I can provide the writing services you need to build your brand.

I can also produce compelling photographic images and advise on video production.

Want to know more? Contact me or fill out this form for an informal chat about your requirements.

Internet Solutions: Social Media

Social Media

Social media is now an extremely important part of the Internet. While the web site is an important hub, you must now consider the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, discussion forums and other online hangouts.

Word-of-mouth marketing and social reputation must be taken seriously. Although the majority of your web site visitors may still come from search engines, it's important to note that Google already uses social media indicators in deciding what position to rank your web site.

Put simply, you cannot afford to ignore social media.

I have tracked the monumental rise in the use of social media, from the launch of Facebook to the 'always on' Internet culture lived out through mobile devices, broadband and fast mobile data networks. I will help you build a social media strategy and ensure all of your online activity is linked together and maximising your exposure.

Want to know more? Contact me or fill out this form for an informal chat about your requirements.

Internet Solutions: Software

Software

When the time comes to move beyond a simple brochure style web site and Facebook page, you'll almost certainly need web-based software to do it.

Software (applications) allow your web site to do interesting, exciting, useful things such as:

You tell me what you want your web site to do and I find, modify or create the software to do it.

Wherever possible, I use 'open source' software (this means it's legitimately available to use without charge and usually has an excellent support network), either using 'as-is' or changing it to meet your exact requirements.

Alternatively, I'll discuss the option of buying existing software which does the task, or designing a unique application just for you.

At every stage of the design process I'll ensure you are happy with the proposed solution and its associated costs.

Want to know more? Contact me or fill out this form for an informal chat about your requirements.

Portfolio: Business

CloudTamers

NetSuite
The Technology:
  • JavaScript and proprietary NetSuite coding
  • Knowledge of HR and business systems

NetSuite is a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. In other words, it allows organisations to manage various core business activities including human resource management, inventory management, e-commerce and accounting. I have worked with one of NetSuite's partners - UK-based CloudTamers - for over a year, providing customised business solutions for several companies.

I can provide NetSuite maintenance and customisation services to anyone with an active NetSuite account.

Want to know more? Contact me or fill out this form for an informal chat about your requirements.

Portfolio: Web

Aspire To Excellence

Aspire To Excellence
The Technology:
  • Update site with PHP and MySQL database

The charity wanted a fresh, streamlined look for their existing website. I worked with their graphic designer to implement the site. Along the way I created a full-featured test site, allowing future enhancements to be fully tested before going live.

See the Apps section for subsequent enhancements made to this site.

Christian Distinctives

Christian Distinctives
The Technology:
  • Update site with PHP and MySQL database

Christian Distinctives Trust wanted a fresh, streamlined look for their existing website. I worked with their graphic designer to implement the site. Along the way I created a full-featured test site, allowing future enhancements to be fully tested before going live.

See the Apps section for subsequent enhancements made to this site.

Family Relationships Magazine

Family Relationships Magazine
The Technology:
  • WordPress implementation and customisation
  • PHP/MySQL programming
  • Content production including audio and video

The Family Relationships Magazine is a long-running blog-style publication fast approaching a decade online. Over that time Internet technology has changed significantly and the site has had several redesigns to keep it fresh, responsive and useful.

In addition, I have provided a lot of relevant content - including news, tutorials and features - making it a well-visited site in its subject niche.

Jane Reynolds

Jane Reynolds
The Technology:
  • WordPress implementation and customisation
  • PHP/MySQL programming
  • eBook production using Kindle publisher software
  • Photoshop image manipulation
  • Social media (Facebook/Twitter) integration
  • User training

Jane approached me to build a showcase web site for her recently self-published novel.

As well as building the site on the WordPress blogging platform, I also designed the front cover of the book, created the eBook format from the original Word document, set up social media accounts, and provided basic training on how to maintain the web site.

Piano & Synth Magazine

Piano and Synth Magazine
The Technology:
  • WordPress implementation and customisation
  • PHP/MySQL programming
  • Content production including audio and video

The Piano and Synth Magazine is a long-running blog-style publication fast approaching a decade online. Over that time Internet technology has changed significantly and the site has had several redesigns to keep it fresh, responsive and useful.

In addition, I have provided a lot of relevant content - including news, tutorials and features - making it a well-visited site in its subject niche.

Want to know more? Contact me or fill out this form for an informal chat about your requirements.

Portfolio: Apps

Aspire To Excellence

Aspire To Excellence
The Technology:
  • Enhancement of online application with PHP and MySQL database

This organisation offers an online assessment tool for companies to discover how effective they are in a number of different areas. After upgrading the design, the initial tool needed significant updates over time to add new features.

The latest changes allowed the tool to be used with corporate as well as not-for-profit organisations, and was also translated into other languages, widening the scope of the tool and increasing the opportunity for sales and consultancy income.

Christian Distinctives

Christian Distinctives
The Technology:
  • Update site with PHP and MySQL database
  • Integration with WorldPay payment processor

The charity wanted to offer their printed publications as purchasable online downloads. I created a bespoke system, integrated with their existing payments processor, allowing users to securely buy and download the publication.

By phasing out the print version, this not only reduced cost and environmental impact, but increased exposure and sales due to the immediacy of online information.

Cute Little Kids Room

The Technology:
  • Update site with PHP and MySQL database
  • Integration with PayPal payment processor

Anna wanted to broaden her customer base by offering her range of customisable kids' decoration products online, as well as showcasing her personal room decoration service.

I implemented a bespoke product catalogue and shopping cart allowing her to easily upload new designs in a range of categories, while customers could choose personalised made-to-order items directly from the website.

All payments were handled securely via PayPal, which we decided was the most cost-effective and lowest hassle option for this small business.

Piano & Synth Keyboard Finder

Keyboard Finder
The Technology:
  • PHP/MySQL programming
  • Interface design

The Piano and Synth Magazine wanted to add an interactive comparison database allowing users to find the best digital piano or synthesizer for their needs.

I created a bespoke database and associated interface. This includes affiliate links to allow users to buy musical instruments at online retailers including Amazon, generating additional revenue for the magazine.

Want to know more? Contact me or fill out this form for an informal chat about your requirements.

Portfolio: Content

Online Publications

Online Publications

Over the past decade I have published articles with a number of online publications, particularly technology-related, including titles from CNet, Shiny Media and Splashpress Media, as well as for corporate clients.

I produce relevant, timely, engaging content on subjects including technology, the Internet, family and relationships, music, current affairs and spirituality.

Want to know more? Contact me or fill out this form for an informal chat about your requirements.

Contact Details

Have you got a project in mind? I'd love to hear from you.

Call Me

  • Mobile: 07743 225140

Email Me

Skype Me

  • londonbluefish

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Address

Myrddin House,
167 Aberrhondda Road,
Porth,
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF39 0LN

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About Me

Andy Merrett

I'm Andy, 39, currently enjoying life in Porth, in the beautiful Rhondda Valleys of South Wales. Previously I've lived in London and Worthing. I'm married and my wife and I are currently going through the matching process to adopt children.

My educational qualifications are in information technology (DipHE Computer Information Systems Design from Kingston University) and I have held a number of technical and administrative positions in large corporations, SMEs and charities.

My main personal strengths are a strong work ethic, attention to detail, a perfectionist streak (when harnessed well I believe this is a positive driver to delivering high-quality projects), and a broad mix of both technical and creative influences and skills.

As an introvert, I tend not to shout about my achievements, or what I can do for your business, but I strongly believe in my abilities and hope to convince you that I can make a positive difference to your business, enterprise or cause.

Find out more about me... Contact me or fill out this form and let's start a coversation.

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