I'm Marc Jenkins, a WordPress specialist based in Birmingham, UK.
I run a small web consulting studio where I build fast and beautiful websites. I like to work with businesses and individuals that are passionate about what they do.
I started a Slack-powered community of over 200 web professionals called inline-block.
Why work with me
I’ve been building websites for over a decade and I’ve worked with businesses across the globe. You've probably heard of some the brands I've worked with: Debenhams, The Guardian Media Group, Lloyds Bank Foundation, and Royal Albert Hall to name a few.
I’ve sat the other side of the fence, too. I’ve hired freelancers and I know what it’s like to be let down. My aim is to be super reliable and dependable. Sounds obvious, right? But in my experience that’s rarely the case.
I'm big on communication and ensuring we understand each other. I don't hide behind acronyms, buzzwords, or technical jargin.
I operate differently in other ways, too:
Complete project ownership
I provide my clients with complete access to their websites, including all the code and database. All the accounts we’ll use, from Mailchimp to Google Analytics, will be setup in your name. You’ll never be locked in to working with me and if you ever decide to use someone else, you can.
Bespoke teams for larger projects
If your project is big enough, I can put together a team of experienced developers, designers, and marketing specialists. This flexible approach means I can keep my overheads low without the need to hire staff, but bring in specific roles when the project requires it.
When your new website goes live, that’s not the end of the project, it’s just the beginning. I offer on-going strategy, support, and maintenance.
I run my business by the following values
These are the things I value and remind myself of often:
Strive for simplicity. Complexity is easy: you just add more. Simplicity is about removing the noise and leaving what's important.
Embrace change. It's natural to resist change. But the world is changing at any ever increasing rate, technology especially so. Rather than fight it, I embrace it.
No half measures*. Quick-wins and shortcuts rarely pay off. Build for the long term.
Share what I know. I’ve learnt from the generosity of others. I will pass on what I learn, too.
Open and honest. The best results are achieved when everything is out in the open.
*Yes, that's a Breaking Bad reference. Best. Show. Ever.
My history and background
I was lucky. I knew what I wanted to do as a job before I left school. 13 or so years later and I’m still doing it. That is, I design and build websites for a living.
The first website I ever built was a fansite for Command & Conquer, a real-time strategy game I spent way too much time playing. The site was built with tables using a programme called Microsoft FrontPage. It was terrible. But the website got over 1,000 hits (it was the good ole when hit counters were a thing) and I was hooked. I loved every second that I worked on that site.
And I still love what I do to this day. Since then, I've had the pleasure to work with some of the world's leading brands where I’ve had the opportunity to sharpen my skills as a web designer and developer. I've worked on projects for Mitie, Debenhams, National Express, Royal Albert Hall, and many more.
In 2011, I started blogging and that’s when I found a love for writing. In the intervening years, I’ve openly shared what I know and that has taught me the power of authenticity. The more I’ve shared, the more I’ve got back.
I’m a huge advocate for writing. I think it’s good for the soul. It doesn’t matter if it’s a personal journal entry or a public blog post. Writing is therapeutic. It helps clear your mind and helps you think. And it’s a great way to help others, too. Because I’ve found it so useful, I often encourage others to write more and that’s why I started the 30 Day Writing Challenge back in 2016.
I also started inline-block, a friendly Slack-powered community consisting of frontend and backend developers, UX and UI designers, digital marketers, and more. While many online communities are focused around specific roles or tools, what makes inline-block unique is the diverse mix of experience and skills. It's a great place to learn from others and ask questions or to share your work and get feedback.
After hours, I can often be found reading a good book or drinking a wee dram of whisky. I have a small-but-growing whisky collection, and my favourite is Lagavulin 16. I enjoy travelling to different parts of the globe with my wife, camera in hand.
I’m also an avid motorsport fan and have followed Formula One since I was a youngster. I know pretty much every corner of every track on the current F1 calendar. That’s too many racing games for you. I’ve never attended a Grand Prix though (it’s on my bucket list).