Paul Maden

About Me

[last updated Feb 4, 2013]

Hi, I’m Paul Maden, a 30-something year old computer programmer from Lancashire.

I am currently seeking full time employment
I am NOT currently seeking full time employment
I am always interested to hear of new employment opportunities :-)

My CV will tell you that I have considerable experience in working with PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and have been responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of a large and diverse range of websites over the past fourteen years.

What it won’t tell you in straightforward terms is that I have a particularly strong interest in Web Performance Optimisation, Conversion Rate Optimisation and on-page SEO.

As part of my current role I am currently analysing various established CMS driven hotel websites from a front-end performance point of view. I am less than impressed at the results so far!

In my previous employment I held the post of senior developer at a large (250,000+ pages) accommodation directory site which regularly received 300,000+ visitors per week during the summer months.

Prior to this I designed and built my own shopping cart system from scratch, and operated an online shop.

Within these three roles I have come to appreciate the importance of a well designed, quick loading website, and of the need for it to be scalable in times of high demand.

There is nothing worse than losing a sales opportunity due to a poorly designed or inadequately performing website!

I also have a life outside of work…

While work is important to me, and I do spend considerable time researching new tools, technologies and best practices, there comes a time when I do actually switch off the computer!

I am what could best be termed as a “tryer” at ten pin bowling. My six years of playing in local leagues have yielded little success, regular bruises and joint pains, ample vocalised profanities, but lots of fun.

In more passive sporting terms I follow Burnley FC and Blackburn Hawks (Ice Hockey) and have an interest in many forms of Motorsports (and not just Formula 1).

I (along with my girlfriend Sam) have an interest in fishkeeping, and we keep two small planted tanks stocked with Mollies, Platies, Ottos, Rasboras and Cherry Shrimp.

In the past couple of years I have developed an interest in gardening, landscaping and D.I.Y., as a great way to a) unwind from work, and b) avoid actual housework.

Despite all this, I am a computer programmer, and as such it would be a bare faced lie to deny my DVD collection is heavily skewed towards Sci-Fi!

Portfolio and contact details…

You’ll find examples of my work (past and present) on the menu bar at the very top of this page.

Please bear in mind that many ‘museum’ sites date back as far as the year 2000, and my work at “iKnow” is (and only ever will be) only partially in the archive.

To contact me for any reason, please email “me at paulmaden dot com”.

Thanks for reading,

Paul