A recent post on a popular WordPress-focused blog claimed that WordPress is becoming “boring”, lacks innovation, and is falling behind other popular platforms. While I disagree, it’s a discussion worth having.Read more →
is a solo web development shop based in Delta, British Columbia. I work with website owners and graphic designers to make websites that are easy to manage, are search engine friendly, and work great on any device.
What I do
Web Design + Development
Need a website? I’ll work with one of my designer friends to create a site that works for you, your business, and – most importantly – your users. Already have a design? I’ll turn your PSD mockup into a fully functioning website.
Responsive Web Design
Do you want your website to work great no matter what screen size it’s viewed on? Whether I build your site from the ground up, or convert your existing site to a responsive design, I’ll make it adapt a layout that’s appropriate to the user’s device.
Do you have an email list? I’ll build an email template that is consistent with your brand, that let’s you track the success of your campaigns (like the number of opens, click-throughs, and more), and integrates with Facebook and Twitter.
What I've done
These are some of the projects I've worked on.
Why not add yours?
The IVR Voice
Allison Smith, also known as The IVR Voice, is a professional voice talent best known for her voice prompts on the Asterisk telephony system. Allison already had a website, but …
The File Folder Project
The File Folder Project is a collaborative project for individuals in Canada’s foster care system to share their stories of success. I helped the organizers of the project with …
Who is Handcoded?
Handcoded is owned and operated by Rob Golbeck (that's me).
Learn more about who I am below.
Web Developer / Sole Proprietor
Hey there. I’m Rob Golbeck, the guy behind Handcoded Web Services. I’m a front-end web developer living in Delta, British Columbia, Canada. I’ve been making websites as a hobby since 1998, and professionally since 2007.
Over the course of my career I’ve focused my skills on two key areas: developing custom website themes for WordPress, the content management system trusted by 20.4% of websites on the internet [source]; and custom email templates for MailChimp, a powerful email marketing platform. As a partner with Up All Night, a Canadian web hosting company based on Gabriola Island, I also provide managed web and email hosting solutions.
I started Handcoded in March of 2011 after I’d been freelancing off and on for a few years. At first I was making websites for friends and family. Then they started referring their friends and family, and I realized I had a business on my hands.
My goal with Handcoded is to give small businesses and individual website owners the tools to take control of their online presence. In most cases, I think the best tools for accomplishing this are WordPress (for your websites and blogs) and MailChimp (for your email marketing efforts), supported by appropriate social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google Plus. So my services are based around these platforms, but if it turns out you would be better served by a different solution I won’t hesitate to refer you to someone else. I’d rather see you happy with a project done right than lock you into one of my services just to get the job.
To give you a sense of my background and experience, my day job is working as a Web Developer for Skunkworks Creative Group, a digital advertising and web design agency located in Vancouver’s Gastown district. Previously, I was an in-house website administrator for Clark Wilson LLP, a major BC law firm where I managed the firm’s website, blogs, and intranet, as well as twelve email newsletters. I have also volunteered on the websites of four non-profit organizations. I hold an Associate Certificate in Web Technologies from BCIT.
Since I do work a full-time day job, Handcoded is necessarily a part-time venture. This actually works out in favour of my clients, since I only take on one development project at a time in order to give it the full care and attention it deserves.
From the Blog
Tips, tricks, news, and commentary. (View the full archive).
I frequently come across WordPress themes where the developer has customized the site search form by hacking the WordPress core. Rookie mistake. Here’s the right way to give your theme a custom search form.Read more →
Displaying your latest blog post on the sidebar of the homepage is simple using a custom loop. But if you want it to auto-expire after a set period of time, that’s trickier. Here’s how I did it.Read more →