Hello, it’s great to meet you.

My name is David Charles. My friends call me Charlie. I build websites and maintain them for my customers.

That’s a simplified version of what I do but then I like to keep things simple.

If you need a website I can help you make the right decisions from the start – choice of domain name, hosting company, good design, content. I’m friendly and patient and I’ll do my best to help you understand the processes involved.

I’ve been doing this for a long time now. I’ve made all the mistakes you could possibly make but now have a go-to set of “tools” and providers that I’ll happily share with you when we build your website.

I’ll also teach you how to manage your website – to the point where you won’t need me any longer. Not a great business model, I know. But, if you’re happy I’m happy.

And, if you’d rather I manage the updates and security of your website, I have a maintenance plan for that. I’ll update your website’s theme, plugins and core, monitor for security issues, keep track of how long your website is “up” (online) as well as a number of other vital actions. You’ll receive a monthly report showing the work I’ve carried out as well as the vital statistics of your website.

I’ll also be an email away if you need my help.

Building a bad website is really easy to do. But, with a little help (and that’s where I come in), you can make the right choices and have a website that truly works for you and for your customers.

In a digital galaxy far far away…

Or, put another, more sensible way, my background in web development. My credentials.

I’ve been building websites for a long time now! Since before the Y2K scare where I spent all night working alongside my colleagues, waiting for the entire system to shut down…and nothing happened! At least we got paid 😉

I studied computing at Middlesex university and got my first job for an agency in Camden, London. Back then we hand-coded everything, worked with “tables” – the predecessor to CSS – and churned our way through reams of code to get our clients’ websites built on time. I pulled many a 5am shift at that place.

I worked on the General Motors website, Sony, Persil, Hewlett Packard (I can name drop like the best of them).

The General Motors job took me to Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where I worked on the Philips website and their fancy new e-commerce setup.

After that I went freelance. Still worked on the Philips website. Travelled to Eindhoven weekly and aged at twice the speed of the Ryanair 737 that took me there. Had lots of fun but got sick of the travel and the 3am starts.

And that’s when I decided to work for myself and deal directly with my own customers. I liked the adventure of working abroad. (Enjoyed the money). But, I much prefer the more hands on approach and really enjoy building a relationship with my customers.

In my spare time I like to…

Bake lovely sourdough bread, eat lots of healthy, delicious foods, swim in the sea and take my dog, Rufus for long walks along the beach or in the hills around Penzance. (Rufus is my gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgeback you can see in the picture above).

I moved to Penzance in September of 2021 and have been loving life here – the smell of the sea, the seagulls (maybe I’ll grow out of that one after the nth time washing their do off my car), the beautiful bay, St. Michael’s Mount. Who wouldn’t love it here.

You’ll see me most days at Battery Rocks, taking a swim. It’s an addiction – I think I’ve missed 4 or 5 days since I’ve been here. And if I’m not at Battery Rocks, because the sea is too rough, I’ll be at the harbour. Come and say hello – and have a swim.

My favourite walks around Penzance are the beach itself – from Penzance harbour along to Long Rock; further in the winter months when you’re allowed to go all the way to Marazion. I also enjoy a good stomp around Bosiliack to see the Nine Maidens and Men-an-tol. Lastly but not leastly is Trevaylor Wood where you can take shelter from the sun or rain and splash around in the babbling brook.