My Journey to Web Development
In The Beginning
My name is Forbes Gray, a freelance website developer with over 7 years experience building websites and web applications for a variety of business' and industries, across Edinburgh and further afield.
My interest in Web Development started fairly late. I have a background in sales spanning 10 years in the telecoms industry. As my skills grew I started up my own company supplying telecoms to business.
As part of any new start-up business, spending money was not something I wanted to do too much of and yet I knew the importance of having an online presence.
I decided to try and create my own website using "user friendly" free tools that were available at the time. My emails were being hosted by Google Apps so I started off with Google Sites as a simple solution. Although creating a presence online I was frustrated by the constraints of building using a tool like Google Sites (and I wanted rounded corners).
I had never written any HTML or CSS at this stage but felt that it couldn't be hard to create the simple site that I was looking for. I started teaching myself HTML and CSS and very quickly was able to create a website that I was far more satisfied with, but more importantly found that I really enjoyed doing it.
I began some other web projects using the evermore popular Content Management Systems such as Joomla, Wordpress and MODX. With this came my introduction to databases and MySQL.
JAMStack Website Development
I have become increasingly focused on website speed and since the introduction of Google's Core Web Vitals as a metric used in their organic search results rankings, the JAMStack architecture has found its place at the forefront of modern Web Development.
As an early adopter of new web technologies I am always looking at embracing new tools a technologies to improve a websites performance and the users experience.
Some of my website design and web application development work can be found on my Portfolio Page.View My Portfolio