I’m Leon, head of digital and marketing at Suffolk Libraries. I live and work in Ipswich, Suffolk in the UK. I’m responsible for lots of things, including our website and apps we develop. Perhaps most interestingly, I conceived and led the development of Verso, our own library self-service system, a progressive web app now sold by software developers Dootrix to other library services.
I’ve worked in web and, to a lesser extent, IT, since 2008. Before that, I taught secondary English for a few years, and before that I worked as an NOC engineer for a telecoms company. My first jobs involved trying to flog ad space.
What I do
My background is in planning, building and running websites, apps and online marketing for not-for-profit organisations. This has expanded recently to include all forms of marketing, on and offline – I formulate and deliver digital and marketing strategies.
I’ve got some technical experience:
- Focusing on performance and security, mainly through using static websites. I developed the Suffolk Libraries website using this method – it was probably the first non-profit/governmental website of its type in the UK.
- Developing websites using the Jekyll static site generator
- Using the Liquid templating language
- Using Netlify for fast and safe hosting, forms and automated site builds
- Using Git for easy deployment and back-ups
- Using Forestry and Netlify CMS to create content management systems for non-technical editors
If appropriate, I can use WordPress or Kirby to create sites that require a back end.
This site is built using Jekyll, a static site generator, and hosted by Netlify, who specialise in hosting static sites. Netlify connects to Git (well, Github, Gitlab and Bitbucket), which means that when I push a change to my repo, the website is updated. This is a very good way to work. I recommend Netlify — they also offer forms, redirects and even AWS services integration.