8 November 2023

Behind the scenes with our website developer

Website Development Derby

Website development is the inner workings of how buttons, forms, menus and page layouts are displayed to the user. Get any of these wrong, and the website just doesn’t work properly.

Working hand in hand with website design, a well-developed website is easier to manage and cheaper in the long run as the structure and the way it is coded makes it less likely to cause problems down the line.

Adrian is a website developer here at Gravity and there is not a lot he doesn’t know about how to develop a website from scratch. From ideas and sketches, working closely with our designers, Adrian moves static ideas into interactive websites. He is a whizz at coding and all websites behave the way they do because of the strength of the code they are written with.

We have all been there when we visit a website, click on an image or a button and it takes us somewhere random – or worse of all it takes us nowhere. That’s all about coding.

We took a little time with Adrian to chat to him about his day-to-day role of coding and developing complex solutions that on the surface look sleek and simple.

Website Development Derby

Tell us about a typical day here at Gravity

One of the first things I do each day is check my list. Once I have my head in development I like to be focussed, so lists really help me manage my time. There isn’t a typical day, just like there isn’t a typical client. Every client has different deadlines, and every website has slightly different characteristics, and working with so many different brands anything can pop up at any moment. Having a functional website is imperative, so sometimes we must be reactive to things like software updates or a clients change that they need fairly quickly.

To be honest I thrive on the variety, and I like the fact that each day is different. The main thing for me is to ensure that the clients receive a fast response and that their website works as it should all the time.

How did you get into website development?

I have always enjoyed developing code to make things online behave in a certain way, and have in the past created some games, I am self-taught and have learnt lots from Andy here at Gravity. I went to University and studied graphic design with a focused module on website development and this is where my love for coding grew into a career. I enjoy problem solving and I am conversant with both front-end and back-end development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery etc…

What would you say is your strongest skill?

I am really good at prioritising and managing multiple projects at one time. I have yet to miss a deadline and sometimes these deadlines can be tight, but I thrive on getting things done on time, without compromising my other work.

What is the best thing about your job as a website developer?

Staying in control and keeping up to date with the ever-changing world of development language and software. I enjoy the fast-paced environment and the challenges that web development brings and the future looks bright.

What do you think websites will look like, and how will they behave in 10 years time?

That’s actually quite a difficult question, with the ongoing advancements in AI there will be some really exciting changes on the horizon. I also think that websites will become easier to develop – over the last 5 years it’s been incredible to see how things have changed, so 10 years is a long time at this pace.

In 10 years time, you probably won’t even need to read this, but it will be fun to look back on.

Quick fire questions:

IOS or Android? Android

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favourite food? Steak

City or countryside?  City

WordPress or Shopify? WordPress

Beer or Wine? Beer please

Form or online chat? Online Chat