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Full Stack Development

For larger projects and back end systems, often bespoke is the way to go for flexibility, speed and security. I typically work in ReactJS/Node.JS or PHP/MySQL depending on the requirements of the project.

WordPress Development

I have been developing with WordPress for nearly 15 years and offer a combination of plugin and theme development along with general consultancy, disaster recover, security and speed reviews.

Consultancy / Support

Sometimes you have an idea or a problem and need soime help or expertise. With 15 years in the industry and having worked with hundreds of clients, I can work with you to get your project moving in the right direction!

How can I help?

My Divi/Premium plugin library was acquired in 2020. The following is a link to their new home.

I am a freelance PHP/JS developer based in Crewe, Cheshire, UK. I typically use WordPress when a framework is required and have been very active in a combination of custom plugin and theme development for around 15 years. With WordPress I tend to use the Divi theme as I find it flexible and client friendly although gladly work with other page builders (or none at all!).

For larger/back end systems, I tend to turn towards ReactJS / Node.js to create a bespoke implementation to suit the project. I have performed a number of full stack builds, REST API integrations, payment processor integrations and similar, often with AWS/Serverless.

I’m also involved with a number of other projects and schemes ongoing.  This site is a blog primarily where people who are interested can find out more about what I’m doing/releasing and get a taste for the sorts of things I’m capable of.

If you’re new to this site then a very big WELCOME to you and do have a look around. If you’ve got any questions or comments please use my contact form, or hire me form. If you’re into that human interaction thing then just pick up the phone or drop me a line. I’d be more than happy to hear from you!

If you’re looking for my Commercial Divi plugins, they were acquired by WP PLUGINS PLUS in 2020, a website design and plugin development company owned by my long time friend and best man! Andrew Palmer. The Facebook Group is owned and operated by Andrew also.


We have released today a huge update to one of our more popular plugins, Layouts Cloud (AKA Divi Cloud). Since 2017 we have operated a subscription service for layouts designed and brought straight to the Divi Cloud plugin on your site to the tune of 20 per month for Agency level users. We’ve been concentrating…

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I am pleased to announce that Divi Display Logic has now launched as V2.3. I’m happy with the functionality and effort that’s gone into the plugin. If anyone finds any issues please report it here or via the support system ASAP. Every effort has gone into testing the plugin. The new plugin includes a major…

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Hi everyone and happy Black Friday. If I were any good at marketing I would have written this two weeks ago with countdowns and teasers but alas I am just a dev who doesn’t think ahead 🙂 Take a look below for my deals and how you can get hold of them. ALL deals end…

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As a true Divi aficionado and a Facebook procrastinator I read a lot of stuff online and often feel the need to comment and either help out or remind people that the problems they are having are in fact PEBKAC. On some posts though I feel the need to branch out and explain my thoughts…

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Just a quick one for you today. I’ve been asked by a customer about how to add some different styling to the Divi Contact Form module depending on whether a submitted form has error or feedback message. Sounds simple right? In principle it’s a bit of CSS but in reality it’s a little harder. There…

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Is it the question? Well actually no.. it’s not a question at all. Not one that needs to be made in any case. Let me reel back a bit. What is a child theme? A theme, such as Divi or GeneratePress contains all the files you need to make a site look and feel (and…

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Randy Brown has kindly written a spotlight post on the Page Builder Cloud system for us. He goes into significant detail about how it works and how to use it. Do give the article a read.. It’s probably better at explaining it than I could produce and I wrote the thing! The spotlight was posted…

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A couple of weeks ago I saw a request for a fixed logo in the bottom corner of a site on one of the Divi Facebook groups. I had a spare ten minutes so threw together a little plugin for the poster. It seemed quite a cool little thing so I thought I’d share it….

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A little free plugin from me today. I work with a client who is using the MetaSlider plugin on a few sites. It’s a nice free slider plugin for WP with a rather simple and unencumbered admin interface. The problem is that it lacks a couple of handy features. One that we needed was the…

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Based on an idea that myself and Andrew Palmer from Elegant Marketplace had, we have created Page Builder Cloud. It’s being talked about a lot on social media at the moment but what exactly is it? Well.. imagine if you could save your layouts from any number of page builders and then use them again…

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Fair warning. This post started out as a recap but ended up as a brain dump of interesting anecdotes and stories about my week in Berlin. Enjoy! TL;DR: Had a great time, met some nice people.. You must go, it was awesome! So as those of you who follow me on Twitter know I’ve been…

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I’ve just arrived at WordCamp EU in Berlin for the first day of the festivities. It’s technically contributor day (of which I am not) and so I’m just here to look around and get the lay of the land a bit. The venue is overflowing with so much WP Merch attached to the largest gathering…

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About this site and Sean Barton

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Sean Barton is a Freelance Website Developer in Crewe, Cheshire. He is a Full Stack Developer but with extensive experience in Wordpress and other Frameworks. He is the Co-Founder of SitePresser, Layouts Cloud and Page Builder Cloud among other things..
This site was set up in 2008 as a tutorial and scripting resource for the PHP language and Wordpress.
Find out more about Sean on the About Me page or use the Hire Me page to get in touch. For more information about Sean's work take a look at the Portfolio

SitePresser is the plugin that packages child themes and layout packs for sale. Works with Divi and Elementor.