Freelance Web Developer

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John Ascroft

I am an experienced, reliable and friendly PHP developer, with over 8 years commercial experience. I've been freelancing for clients all over the world for over 5 years and have produced hundreds of high-quality pieces of work on a wide range of projects.

JJB Sports
Junction K
Started freelancing

What I Do

I take your concepts and designs and bring them to life.

SEO friendly

I write well-constructed semantic HTML so any SEO work will be much easier to get started.

Brilliant service

I'm responsive, friendly and I get the job done. Hire me if you want to chat about your project.

Fully responsive

If you're looking for someone who can build your site to look great on a wide variety of devices, you're in the right place.

Bubbling with enthusiasm

I love new technologies. I embrace new methodologies so your projects will always be fresh and up-to-date.

192 happy clients

7,020 cups of coffee

655,200 lines of code

30,420 emails

1,404 phone calls

1,872 hours on Twitter

My Latest Work

I'm proud of my work - here are a few projects I've done that I'd like to show you.

Harry Watts

Harry has exhibited across the UK and internationally, being selected by Italian Vogue for solo exhibitions with Salvatore Ferragamo in London and Madrid.

Tall Building

Tall Building are an independent, fast-growing firm based in Balham.

Big Bang Auctions

Auction system built for this low bid auction website built using PHP on the CodeIgniter framework.

Corporate NI

Large-scale social site built for this Northern Ireland start-up. Full CMS, events management, news system and social tools built in PHP on the CodeIgniter framework.

  I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.


I can be hired on a daily basis or if you have a particular project in mind, please get in touch.

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The vast majority of my work comes via word of mouth - here are a few nice things my clients have said.

Christopher Muniz

Creative Director - Division Advertising

John is an über talented programmer with a keen eye for detail and excellent communication skills. His programming capabilities have exceeded all expectations on every project we have worked together on.
His commitment to each project and follow-through for meeting deadlines is second to none and will continue to work with him in every capacity possible. We look forward to a long business relationship with him knowing that the end result of each project will be precise, engaging and efficiently functional.

Wayne Leith

Creative Director - Two Point Zero Marketing

Working with John is a pleasure. He's knowledgeable, adaptive, professional and responsive. We've worked together on numerous projects over many years and I'd have no hesitation in recommending his expertise and input to anyone.

Oliver Holden

Production Director - Holden & Sons

John has worked with Holden & Sons on numerous projects over the last 2 years. He is a professional, meticulous developer who has always delivered great results for our business. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

James Allen

Director - Birch Creative Ltd, London

Working on a number of projects John has shown himself to be a highly professional and skilled developer. I attribute our success to the clear and open communication which allowed us to work together efficiently, finding solutions to complex development and design problems. His genuine interest in what he does allowed us to tackle large projects with a keen eye for detail. I have no hesitation in recommending John as he has proven himself to be an asset to any team.

Stephen Biggs

Founder - Worklink

We have been working with John for over six months on multiple design and development stages for our web based technology startup app. Throughout this period, John has always responded in an approachable, professional and timely manner and has always demonstrated a wealth of knowledge and experience in the web profession. Key strengths of John are to work with the client through excellent, consistent communication and the desire to deliver by going that step further. We are always happy to recommend John to others in future.

Lucy Holland

Director - Freeman Holland

John is a pleasure to work with - a personable and client focused individual who is also a talented and intuitive developer. John is always proactive in finding user friendly solutions to meet our requirements and is comfortable with making recommendations when presented with a brief. His technical knowledge is of a very high level but he presents solutions clearly and in a way that is easy to understand - particularly important when communicating with the non-technical members of our team. We have found him to be very reliable - producing high quality work and always meeting project deadlines. He is also very responsive whenever urgent amends are requested. We would have no hesitation in recommending him for web development work.

Kevin Cooper

Director of Funkemedia Ltd

John has worked alongside Funkemedia on a vast array of projects helping to assist and strengthen our core web development structure.
John works quickly and effectively to meet our requirements and fully explains the work carried out along with adding his own suggestions of how the development of certain projects could work.
Whenever issues may arise, John is there to provide assistance and swiftly gets things resolved again. We look at John as our first hand choice whenever complex development is required and his understanding of PHP, mySQL is second to none.

Alex Smith

Secretary - Blackley Band

Working alongside John has made life a lot easier for creating the bands website. His knowledge and input has proved invaluable when it came to making the site accessible and user-friendly, he incorporated everything we asked for and the final site is fantastic. John has been happy to help out with further developments and made himself available for advice whenever we need him. We would have no hesitation in recommending John to others looking for a friendly, approachable and talented web developer.

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