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A Bit About Me

I’m Jack McConnell and I run Made with Fuel Ltd. – a one-man WordPress web design and development agency based out of a lovely coworking space in the center of Bath, England.

I started my business in 2011 but have been building websites since 2000. I class myself as a ‘Web Designer & Front-end Developer’ which means I do both design and development in equal measures and work on the entire process of making a website, end-to-end, from the moment you fill out a project questionnaire, to creating a mock-up of the site, to building it so that it’s ready for you to use.

I love web design, technology, transparency, exercise, and exploring new places. I live just outside of Bath with my wife and two children.

On the Side

When I’m not building websites (or working on my house), I can be found making short movies or actively developing my WordPress plugin, Better Notifications for WP.

I co-host a bi-monthly WordPress-centric podcast called Pressing Matters and I’ve appeared on various other WordPress podcasts. In 2017, I was a speaker at WordCamp Bristol.

Although I’m no longer directly involved, in 2014 I co-founded an award-winning open data group in Bath called Bath: Hacked.

How I Work

I believe in maintaining a good balance between my work and my life outside of work and being clear and upfront on how I go about this. This can be summed up by the following:

  • I’m a very hard worker and I love my job and my clients.
  • I work 5-days a week from Monday – Friday.
  • I price my work fairly based on my experience and industry.
  • I normally work from my garden office Monday to Thursday and from the coworking space, mentioned above, on Fridays. Hours that I work can be found on my website, here.
  • I schedule all phone calls in advance and am available for meetings in Bath, England on Fridays only.
  • I don’t check my email or listen to voicemails outside of my working hours or while I’m on lunch.
  • I love my family and enjoy spending lots of time with them.
  • I take at least 8-weeks of holiday a year, usually fitting around the UK School Holidays. Dates where I’m unavailable can be found on my website, here.

The photos below mostly show what I get up to when I’m with my family and friends.

Walks by the Avon
It may be dull outside right now but let’s not forget it was sunny this week. Spring is on the way and it will bring more sunBlue sky and plants in a stone garden room
A beautiful morning walk along the canal path
This weekend I walked 52 miles and wild camped through four counties with @mmacaulayphoto. We saw a Routemaster bus in a garden, fair ground rides in farmyards, gazebos for Summer events passed, a sky full of balloons, trails, fields, stiles, gates, blocked passes, country houses, too many cows, and horizon after horizon of beautiful English countryside. My feet are *covered* in blisters and my legs ache to the point of shuffling everywhere but I enjoyed every minute of it, even after walking for 14-hours and getting lost in a field in the dark at nine o’clock at night. I’d do it again in a heartbeat

Images are automatically updated from my Instagram account