JenksDev was started by me, Ben Jenkins, a WordPress enthusiast. Throughout the website you'll see the term ‘we' used. That's because JenksDev is no longer just a one man business. With that in mind, let me tell you a little more about myself. As the team grows, a new section of the website will be added to meet the team.
I’m a website builder / developer – whichever term you prefer – based in Cheltenham. I've been building websites since 2005 but only discovered how much I loved WordPress in 2015. I'm also an Excel developer, discovering my love for a well organised spreadsheet around the same time as I stumbled upon WordPress. I thought they were both a phase; turns out I was wrong!
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Experience and career
I am currently an accountant during the day – this is where I picked up the enjoyment, bordering obesession, with Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets; although I was already profficient in spreadsheets, having built a communication system that is used in two of the United Kingdom's largest banks.
I build websites and Excel documents through JenksDev Limited in the evenings and weekends. This is fantastic for you. It means that I have no expensive office to run or any other large overheads. Due to the low overheads, I can keep my costs low and ensure that my prices are reasonable and affordable for businesses of all sizes. I have other people who work with JenksDev, but the main work does take place in the evenings.
Why I built this website using a third party theme
I anticipated this question and have been asked a handful of times – ‘if you build websites, why didn't you build one yourself? Why did you use a theme built by someone else? ‘
In all fairness, it’s a good question.
I was building my website and noticed an email come from StudioPress, the creators of Genesis, advertising a new theme – Corporate Pro. Some time ago I purchased the Pro package from StudioPress, meaning that I have access to all themes, so I decided to test it out. Normally, I wouldn't have done, but it was about 95% similar to website that I was building myself and that I had drawn up mock designs of.
So, upon testing the theme I realised that it was extremely well coded and loaded quickly, even after adding my own code, content and images.
I did add some custom code to manipulate the theme slightly but I loved what I saw when I first tested it, so I stuck with it after my minor adaptations.
You can see websites that I have created myself in my Portfolio.
During your relationship with JenksDev, 99% of the time you will be communicating with me, Ben. So I only feel it's right that you get to know me a little better with some interesting (or completely random) facts…
Steak, Burgers and Pizza. It's hard to choose. In the blog area you'll find that I use food as examples when explaining things.
I'm a massive fan of the Harry Potter and Marvel series. I've just booked to visit the Harry Potter studio tour for the fourth time.
I was born on Internaut Day. This is the day that Sir Tim Berners-Lee released the World's first publicly available website. I was destined to work on the web!