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Pupil Achievement Data Analysis System

November 24th, 2015 by Edward

This is SUCH a cool job, and so EXACTLY up my street. It ticks so many of my boxes  – so when I am working on this project i am a happy little programmer.

middleton assessment login

Middleton is a small school offering specialist care. They have been using a great program, based around Excel to store all their assessment data, and produce a variety of specialist reports for a range of audience – teachers, parents, governors, Ofsted and so on. However, support for this program is no longer available, and whilst it still works its becoming less and less future proof.

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Space to Earth Challenge

November 3rd, 2015 by Edward

Space to Earth Challenge

In December 2015 (at the time of writing) a new programme for pupils in Key Stages 2 and early 3 is being launched. This is called the ‘Space to Earth Challenge‘ and its based on visit of British Astronaut Tim Peake to the International Space Station. I have been delighted to be a part of the team charged with creating this fantastic educational project.

As an ex secondary school science teacher I can say with certainty that there is only one subject in science that pupils find more interesting than space … any ideas what that might be?

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Buzzing Bees make a …

October 3rd, 2015 by Edward

Recently I have been working with the hugely talented Lydia Thornley on a new website for Sarah and Dale at Bermondsey Street Bees.
dale at Bermondsey Street Bees

One of the great things about this project was the sense of intricate planning that went into the site. Not that I don’t always plan, but for this job NO deadline or project milestone was moved, let alone missed. It was such a pleasure to have all the content when I asked for it. You know how it is with some clients – ‘Please create a timeline’ and within the first week things are slipping… To quote Douglas Adams –

I love deadlines. I love the sound the make as they go whooshing past

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ee- web is growing

April 22nd, 2014 by Edward


ee web design is growing and needs to get some local help!

I am a freelancer, mostly with too much work! I am looking to work closely with someone in the North London area to our mutual advantage. I have always found my best work is done in teams and I want to expand mine.

Do you think it would be helpful to have more people in your network that you could share the load with – pitching, designing, building, optimising and so on and on.  If you think this might be you I’d really like to have a chat. No obligation, no pressure.

At this stage I am not talking about financial partnerships or new companies, although who knows what the future might hold?  Face to face is important in the way I work, so that’s why you need to be local(ish).

You can find out more about my philosophy by browsing around my site.

Next step. If you’d like to explore the possibilities then get in touch and we can take it from there.


Voluntary Sector Training – a re-build and a re-fresh

February 11th, 2014 by Edward


Since November 2013 (approx!) I have been involved with a really enjoyable project based in Great Dunmow, Essex. Voluntary Sector Training (VST from now) had an existing site which was based around an “Off the shelf template” and an old version of joomla. VST offer training services for the voluntary sector, and while the old site did enable them to take bookings, it was quite old, had a few layout problems and wasn’t responsive.

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Decorative Supplies – website launched

October 10th, 2013 by Edward

At last, its launched.

Decorative Supplies is a cornucopia of delight, based in Chase Side Enfield. If you have any interest in cake, and lets face it who doesn’t’, you need to check this out. It’s an Aladdin’s cave selling everything you could possibly need for decorating cakes. Just take a look  at what Liz’s happy clientele make on her brand new spanking website. What they don’t know about cake decorating isn’t worth knowing,.

This was a pretty quick job – about 8-10 weeks, and over the summer too. Liz, who works hard (!) at Decorative Supplies was keen to get a “Brochure” type site which adapted to mobile phones. I particularly enjoyed this job because Liz was able to give me a strong steer on the colour – oh yes, it had to be purple (have you seen the shop…) I decided that a “Sweetie Shop Awning” effect was the way to go, so I made up various versions of the graphics and logo and we ended up with what you see.

The only potential snag was getting the pictures for the site. Mobile phones are good, really they can’t handle studio photography. In the end I did the pictures using a light box and a number of white reflectors.

Here’s what Liz had to say:

We’re very pleased with the appearance of the site and the layout – it really does make it feel like “us”.  Our customers have also commented on how great it looks, which is, of course, the whole point.

We have been very happy with the service from ee-web design – no unusual requests from us seemed a problem and the patience shown in helping to set up e-mail and teach us how to use the site was very useful. We would definitely not hesitate to recommend ee-web design to anybody or organisation looking to set up a website.

Can ee-web design help you?  Advice is free!!!

Drop me an email at or give me a call on 07760 392284.


Writing for your website – 001 – Five Reasons why its Hard

August 3rd, 2013 by Edward

Many clients appear daunted by the prospect of writing their copy, the “Words” for their site. Few of them have the option of employing a copy writer” or the luxury of a “media department”.

This post is the first in a short series, currently planned at being four in number, aimed at helping my clients to write the copy for their site.

Why can it seem like climbing a Mountain?

writing text is like climbing a mountain

Writing the text for you website can be quite an uphill climb. I have know clients who have absolutely agonized over it, spending hours (yes hours) over their 200 homepage words, tormenting themselves over every phrase. I can’t think of a example of the other extreme to be honest. Most clients are aware that its important, but seem a bit, well “Scared” of it.

Why is this?  I’d be interested to know what you think? Did you find it really easy? Did the words just “flow”?

Here’s are my top 5 reasons why writing web site text is not viewed as a walk in the park! Its not meant to be exhaustive though! In later posts ‘ll look at ways through the problem.

Don’t want to get it wrong. This is a biggie. The agonized client I mentioned above was almost petrified of getting it wrong. What if I say the wrong thing about  my business? What it people who come here simply leg-it because I messed up the text? I can understand this, you’ve given a lot of time and commitment to your business, you want to reflect it accurately. We’ll look in a later post at just “What is wrong” anyway.
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Quenda Story – Science for Senior Citizens (and me)

July 15th, 2013 by Edward

Some time ago I went on a tweet meet in a local pub. I continue to see the fruit of this evening some 18 months later.

Science for Senior CitizensI met a copy writer and blogger called Sally, who introduced me to a contact of hers called Quenda Story from Michigan in the USA. Quenda was seemingly having difficulty finding someone to help her with her blog.

I really liked this job for several reasons. Its great when you “Meet” new people, especially when the are recommendations and in exotic climes (relatively speaking). The work itself turned out to be really interesting too – Quenda’s blog is all about science, and there’s lots of great physics and cosmology in there – black holes, dark matter, Higgs boson and so on. Since Quenda not only writes abut interesting topics, but does it with unusual clarity I had to take great control over myself otherwise I’d have read every post and never got the work done!

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Text doesn’t need to be a perfect – fabulous!

January 26th, 2013 by Edward

This is part 2 of my mini series on writing copy for your website.

Part 1 – Five reasons writing your website copy is hard

I said in the first post that one reason writing your copy for your site can seem like an uphill struggle is that you find you are just “Scared of getting it wrong“.  That client of mine really was in agonies over every word, and he really did take a LONG time to get the copy to me. I could see he was almost unable to move forward and in fact the site was never finished.

Maybe you feel like king Ashurbanipal on a royal lion hunt (guess what the lion represents here…)

Relax – where is this pressure coming from? Perfectionism? Is all that talk about rankings, key words, “Meta tags” leading to paralysis? Are memories of so called “Creative writing” at school giving you self-doubt?

Perhaps you’re like me. My biggest problem is … can’t think of what to say! People who know me understand that my shy and retiring nature make it hard to write. Right! When I stop stressing over it then the words just flow.

So the answer is…

In the old days (like 5 years ago!) if you wanted to alter your text you probably had to contact a web developer and have them do it. This was time consuming and expensive.

Now, with a content management system such as joomla or wordpress you can easily change the content of your text  in literally a few minutes – I always say to my clients that if they can edit a word document, they can edit their website.

Relax. You don’t need to agonize over every word when you know that you can alter it in moments, and then alter it again. And then again.

And there’s more relief. Search engines used to take quite a time for changes to be reflected – sometimes weeks. I recently re-created a site for a client and found that the content was appearing in much, much quicker. I also advise my clients not to think of google as a one step process – its a slow burn that is effected by many factors. Don’t allow fear of your rankings to stop you writing.

Here’s a surprise…

Nobody knows your business like you do. You wouldn’t need a website if you didn’t have some level of passion about what you are doing. Easy to say, but just be yourself. Write it down. If you follow a few simple rules, and always think about your readers first (and not google!!!!) then you’ll be ok.


So, hopefully you can afford to be a bit more chilled about it. Maybe you were anyway! No need for perfectionism. The ease of updating, and the speed of google et al means there no need to be a perfectionist anymore!

Read part 1 – five reasons why writing your website text is hard


STOMP – I’ll keep on bashing on … and on …

January 23rd, 2013 by Edward


I love those people that wont give up on problems till they solve them. Edward Eldon, that would be you. Vicky, STOMP management 16/1/13

I have done work for the STOMP school and STOMP management group for a number of years. They have an ancient, bespoke system for maintaining profiles of all their students – which suddenly rolled over and died.

In fact, they found that suddenly they couldn’t update their photos anymore – everything else was fine – just black rectangles where there should have been images of happy, smiley pupils.

Can SOMEBODY help me?

“Help” Vicky says. And so, since I enjoy a bit of bug-discovery, I pick up my tools.  After about half a day of php de-bugging I got it down to one measly function (image_resize) that just wouldn’t work. But why? It used to work afterall. I couldn’t see it – the pesky bug was defeating me. I suspected that somewhere on the server some library had been updated causing a conflict…

I thought. I pondered. I drank lots of coffee. Days past (not with me working on it all the time you understand!) Eventually, I dejectedly deleted my echo statements, closed down dreamweaver, and put my coffee  mug in the dishwasher.  I wrote Vicky an email saying that, whilst I hated to admit it, in this instance I just couldn’t get it working.

There’s a time to give in … this is it is it?

The next day I found myself thinking along these lines – “I hate giving in. For sure I have done many times more hours than I have quoted for, but hey money ain’t everything. One more look”. Fresh coffee, DW open again and … hey presto, half an hour later the whole thing is working. Image are uploading. Smiley pupils are looking back at me.

Here’s the FB comment that Vicky wrote:

Geeky bit – here’s what I think happened:

The line:

$source_type = get_mime_type($source_image);

used to just return “image/jpeg” but had recently started returning “image/jpeg; charset=binary”. I suspect this was due to a server update of some sort…

Anyway, this meant that an if statement that used to pass was now failing, and so the whole thing came tumbling down like a pack of cards. Altering the condition in the if statement solved it.


if ($source_type == ‘image/jpeg’) { …


if ($source_type==’image/jpeg; charset=binary’){ …