About Us

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Most of the work is undertaken personally by John Birchall PhD. Work is passed to colleagues where their specialist skills can provide better value to the client. He made his first webpage in 1997, for internal use while on the staff of the Oxford English Dictionary (an important pioneer in moving print content into structured digital data). Gradually he spent more time on website work, and first built a Drupal 6 site for a client who runs an online bookshop, in 2009. That site is still running, currently on Drupal 7. He has provided thousands of volunteer support posts on Drupal.org as John_B. Since undertaking ongoing support and continuous development for GiveWell in 2012 a large element of his work has come to be Drupal and WordPress support, maintenance and consultancy. Some of his work is on new-build websites, sometimes importing content from older systems, or between Drupal and WordPress; and on taking over projects where there are problems with the initial developer, something which happens all to often in the Drupal world because contractors do not always have the skills they claim or think they have. Most of our work is for clients in the USA and UK.

Skills include PHP, HTML, CSS, Drupal, WordPress, CiviCRM, and Linux/GNU sysadmin; and for data analytics, Python and R.

References will be provided on request. Here is one testimonial:

We have used John Birchall for the past 4-5 years since the launch of our first Drupal-based website at www.artsprofessional.co.uk. After the developers finished the basic site, John started working with us to help us make it much more functional for both our small team and also for our users, as well as helping to develop entirely new functionality. Over the years, John has been an honest broker in assessing our demands and suggestions for improvements, before finding the best ways to implement them - and then helping us to do so. He is able to be quite specific about what will work and what won't and has continued to guide us ever since. He is completely reliable, and apparently almost permanently available to us, able to jump onto problems with speed and importantly is able to guide us through our external hosting arrangements as well as advising on our limited continuing relationship with the original site developers from time-to-time. I regard John as a 'rock' in our continuing website development - if he doesn't know the answer immediately, he will find it. He doesn't dress things up and there's no sales patter. If you like integrity and a thoroughly honest approach then working with John is a dream.

Brian Whitehead, Publisher, Arts Professional DigitPros and DigitProfessionals are trading names of John Birchall, a sole trader legally resident in UK.