Pod1 2007 - 2009

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.

I was also given the responsibility 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 Epiphany 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.

Pod1 HTML Newsletters
Date: 2005 - 2007 / pod1
Pod1 HTML Newsletters

Coding up table based html for email Newsletters with inline styles, to standards that took account of the variety of email clients these would be sent to

Pod1 and Magento
Date: 2005 - 2007 / pod1
Pod1 and Magento

I was tasked with building the micro-site that looks at the technology and features of the Magento platform

Pod1 - Client website maintenance
Date: 2005 - 2007 / pod1
Pod1 - Client website maintenance

Responsible for maintaining and improving on the existing e-commerce websites built and maintained by Pod1

Pod1 - Barcelo Hotels
Date: 2005 - 2007 / pod1
Pod1 - Barcelo Hotels

Lead Frontend Developer on this project, taking designs and creating fully working templates, liaising with Designers, Backend developers and the Client

Pod1 - Fred Olsen Cruises
Date: 2005 - 2007 / pod1
Pod1 - Fred Olsen Cruises

A detailed booking system was integrated, with facilities to update, browse itineraries and book excursions

Pod1 - Anna Scholz
Date: 2005 - 2007 / pod1
Pod1 - Anna Scholz

Responsible, as Lead Front End Developer, for creating the XHTML, CSS and JQuery to present the designer's quality collection of garments

Pod1 - Aspinal of London
Date: 2005 - 2007 / pod1
Pod1 - Aspinal of London

Soon after joining Pod1 I took over the responsibility to finish the build for launch

Pod1 - Romo
Date: 2007 - 2009 / pod1
Pod1 - Romo

There are currently five design houses operating under The Romo Group, each with its own distinctive style and colour palette