We're Code For The People, a specialist WordPress web development agency, based in the UK.
We do custom theme and plugin development, plus ongoing support & maintenance, for clients including the Rolling Stones, Stephen Fry, Oxford University, and a number of UK central government departments.
We build websites which are as easy to manage as a blog, but can handle the kind of traffic burst you get when you tweet a link to two million fans.
We're run by two stalwarts of the British WordPress community: Simon Dickson, formerly of government-centric consultancy Puffbox; and Simon Wheatley, formerly of Sweet Interaction, a regular contributor to WordPress core and prolific plugin author.
We're firm believers, and enthusiastic participants in the Open Source movement: hence the name. We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for Open Source, and we want others to benefit as we have.
We're one of only two agencies in Europe* to be accredited by Automattic Inc as a WordPress.com VIP Featured Partner.
And we're here to help.
* Before you ask, the other one is here.
An Oxford University research project on freedom of expression in the post-internet age, with content in 13 languages, managed via a specially written (and WordPress.com VIP-friendly) translation framework.
An innovative use of WordPress's multisite mode, turning a UK central government department's website into a network of 20+ subsites, with publishing responsibility devolved to those who know the material best.
An extra high-resilience website providing news and media resources for journalists covering London 2012, integrated with YouTube and Flickr APIs, and featuring multi-dimensional search capability.
Simon Dickson leads on front-end development and business matters. He has worked full-time on websites since 1995, including periods at Sky News, Microsoft and several UK government departments. He set up his own consultancy, Puffbox in 2007; and was instrumental in the adoption of WordPress by 10 Downing Street and several larger ministries.
Simon Wheatley leads on back-end / platform development. He cut his teeth during the first burst of excitement about the web, working on websites like Dell and Marie Curie. Shortly after starting in WordPress development in 2005, he wrote and released the “Exclude Pages” plugin; this popular release was a turning point in his career, and Simon's most exciting work can be traced to that moment.
Code For The People was incorporated on 25 January 2012: a date chosen very deliberately. Having collaborated on projects since mid-2008, Simon and Simon decided it was time to merge operations - for their own benefit, and that of their clients. The new company was a launch partner in Automattic's WordPress.com VIP Featured Partner Program.
We're sure there are plenty of situations where WordPress isn't
the right choice for a website. But we haven't found many.
A decade ago, WordPress was just another blogging platform. Over time, it has become a powerful and flexible content management solution, supported by an active community and a flourishing ecosystem. But it hasn't lost the simplicity and ease of use which attracted so many bloggers, ourselves included, in the first place.
Bloggers just want to log in, write an article, and hit 'Publish'. They want to make their website their own, but they don't have an IT department on hand to help. Funnily enough, in our experience, the same tends to apply to most journalists, rock stars, marketing executives, press officers and politicians. So why not start with a platform designed for non-expert individuals?
Under the hood too, WordPress has stayed true to its roots. It expects, in fact it encourages you to alter the way it works; and add your own custom functions into its processes. It's these hooks and filters which let us work our magic, turning it into a corporate website, a news magazine, a discussion forum, a social network, or whatever you need.
And yet it's still free to download and deploy; and you're free to export your data in an easily reusable format, if you decide you'd rather use something else.
Start with nothing, end up with a rock solid, rock star grade website
Based on a design you supply, or
one of our own
Following WordPress best-practice principles
Turning your current site into WP-ready content
Helping you find and configure the right host
Sharing our experience to help you take control
Members of Automattic's Featured Partner program
Retainer-based contracts for updates and maintenance
We're fully committed on work for existing clients for the next 6-8 weeks. But if you have a project starting in July, or if your budget is big enough for us to consider expanding, please get in touch via the form below.
Follow us on Twitter: @cftp
Registered office (for boring legal purposes only)Griffins Court
... but please don't send stuff there. It's just our accountant's.
Registered as a limited company in England and Wales.
Company number 07924021
VAT number 132549030