Welcome to my website...
I'm Mike and I'm a web designer. This means I build websites and am usually involved at all stages of the development cycle, from designing in Photoshop to building fully bespoke HTML websites, often based off of popular CMS WordPress and the e-commerce platform Prestashop.
Away from the keyboard I'm a massive football fan - in fact I'm even a football fan at the keyboard! In December 2012 I created Find A Football Match with my friend Ben but was eventually forced to close the website down after it became too time consuming to maintain. One day I hope to get it up and running again. Having been born in Chelmsford, I've been a fan of Chelmsford City for my entire life and in February 2013 created ClaretArmy which I run as an independent fan site of the club.
As well as supporting Chelmsford, I am also a massive Portsmouth fan having lived here for over 5 years and have also followed Spanish side Atletico Madrid since 2004. I recently helped in a large-scale redesign of Atletio's biggest English-language fan site AtleticoFans. Another project I took on in 2013 was to create the first ever programme local Hampshire Premier League side Liss Athletic.
You can find out more about my work on the projects tab.
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Here's a little bit of what I've done...
Chelmsford City FC fan site
ClaretArmy is a website I run out of the love of my home town club Chelmsford City. ClaretArmy started in February 2013 and grew rapidly, quickly gaining thousands of visitors, beyond what I imagined when I initially set the site up. Creating and running the site allows me to combine my two main passions in one place.
The website acts an independent fan site for the club and publishes regular articles ranging from club and player news to opinion, reviews and other various things.
I also run a Fantasy Football game on the site where fans can select 5 City players who get points similar to the structure of the Premier League Fantasy Football game.
You can view the website by clicking here.
Liss Athletic Programme
Official match day programme
Liss Athletic, of the Hampshire Premier League, approached me to ask if I would be willing to design and run their first official match day programme.
The content is provided to me by a contact at the club and I am responsible for generating the 20-28 pages of content and sending the finished article to the printers. The programme is produced for every home game and is sold by the club at games for £1.
This was my first venture into designing for print and something I was keen to try. I thoroughly enjoy producing the programme and am constantly looking to improve it.
See a preview of one of the issues by clicking here.
Atlético Madrid fan site
AtléticoFans is an Atlético Madrid fan site. The founder of the site, Nick, contacted me to ask if I would help re-design the site to give it a fresh look. We then worked together to come up with a new design which I then implemented as a WordPress theme.
The site uses custom post types to give extra functionality with regards to matches and player pages, something which I enjoyed putting together.
The website is one of the largest English-language Atlético fan sites out there and attracts thousands of visitors a week. Having supported the club for a number of years I leapt at the opportunity to help out.
You can view the website by clicking here.
Find A Football Match
Football match finder
Find A Football Match was a website I set up with the help of my friend Ben. The idea behind it was a giant interactive map which would show football fans all games happening around the country on any given date.
Fans could select a date, location and radius within which they were willing to travel and the system would return results that matched their criteria.
The site received great publicity and was even featured in my local newspaper.
Unfortunately the project grew beyond the scale of what I could maintain on my own and I had to shut the website down as I just couldn’t keep up.
You can visit the website by clicking here, but bear in mind that it is no longer run by me.
Meon Milton Mens FC
The football team I play for
Meon Milton Mens are my football team. We currently play in the City of Portsmouth Sunday Football League Division One, which is the 2nd tier of the CPSFL. This is the club’s first season.
I play in goal, where I have played for my entire life.
As you know by now, combining my love of football with my love of the internet is something I do regularly and that is no different here. I recently set up a website for the club using the Pitchero system followed by a Twitter account. Whilst I appreciate that the demand for such things at Sunday League level is not particularly high, it is more about combining my passions and doing something I enjoy
Where I work
Futuresys are the web design company I work for. Based in Liss, Hampshire the company was set up by my boss a few years ago and has expanded to the current team of 3.
At the company I’m responsible for the design and creation of a number of client sites, specialising in static HTML sites, bespoke WordPress sites and Prestashop e-Commerce sites.
I am also responsible for our customer’s SEO (search engine optimisation) campaigns where I optimise their sites for specific keywords and report back using a special SEOHub tool I created.
I have numerous other duties ranging from customer service to social media and more.
You can visit our website by clicking here.