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Now recruiting: Junior Web Developer

Junior Website Developer

Tickbox Marketing are currently expanding our development team to support our growing client base and looking for a self motivated and enthusiastic coder to join our team.


The role would suit a recent graduate, young or experienced developer of who will be directly involved in updating existing clients’ websites, providing general support as well as new functional web development to existing solutions. Current solutions may include frameworks such as Laravel, Symfony and Codeigniter, experience of MVC based architectures would be desirable.

As a small team at a point of significant growth, we need someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment and embraces the challenge of playing a key role in helping make something special happen.

We’re looking for someone who is self-motivated, creative and an excellent communicator within a team. We encourage you to share and help develop creative ideas and are looking for someone who has the ambition to develop themselves and their role to match our plans for growth over the coming years.


  • Turning design templates/mock-ups into HTML/CSS
  • Website and internal quality system controls – Checklists, maintenance and retainers
  • Monitor, maintain and action client queries via the Support Portal
  • Development of CMS systems, back-end functionality, API’s and/or testing (including automated)
  • Maintain and administer systems
  • Client liaison via email and telephone with regards to support and/or development
  • Report to Technical Director on development/support duties



Sets high standards of performance for oneself.
Uses good judgement in what and how to communicate with clients.
Seeks input from mentors and supervisors.
Actively applies feedback received to day-to-day work and strives to improve performance.
Listens to others and accepts input from team members.
Clearly articulate ideas and thoughts verbally.

Demonstrates flexibility in day-to-day work.
Accurately prepares written business correspondence that is coherent, grammatically correct, effective and professional.


CSS (including CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap or Foundation)
Basic server administration

Development frameworks (Laravel, Codeigniter)

Understanding of MVC architecture and deployment

GIT or Version control systems

Advanced experience of LAMP server environment
iPhone Development Platform

Confidently writes the four basic SQL statements.
Exhibits proficiency in HTML and PHP.
Independence in problem investigation and solving.


Recognizes the fundamental differences between the various internet browsers.
knowledge of XML/XSL.
Knowledge and experience in REST and SOAP system interaction.
Ability to hand-code both HTML and PHP.
Taking and dealing with technical support requests

Turning design template/mock-up into HTML/CSS web page.
Taking and processing user-imputed data from web pages.
Storing data in databases
Retrieving, formatting and displaying data from databases.

Taking requirements from clients and preparing briefs and specifications
Following brief or specification in creation of design or system
Experience with integrating eCommerce Payment Portals
Experience with Content Management Systems, using or building

Applicants should send covering letter, CV, portfolio or links to previous projects, and examples of code work to info@tickboxmarketing.co.uk. The work examples should include HTML/PHP/MYSQL or demonstrate a solution to a problem which the applicant is proud of, be it complex or elegantly simple. Please include comments or notes with thought processes and reasons why certain methods were chosen.


Strictly no agencies.



Volunteer Makers rises to university’s challenge

Oxford and Cambridge have long been associated with students – but it was Volunteer Makers’ message that was being studied there in a busy month for Volunteer Makers and the Tickbox team.

May began with a training day for staff at University of Cambridge Museums. The organisation runs eight separate highly regarded museums as well as a world-famous botanical garden. Continue reading

Google security changes mean you may need an SSL certificate

Changes to how Google Chrome treats standard HTTP websites mean that sites which collect any form of data – even simple contact forms or site search – will need a security certificate or risk being labelled as “not secure”.

Currently, where a site runs without an SSL security certificate, Google flags pages that collect client information using a “i” before the URL in the browser URL field.

SSL certificates have traditionally been used for sites that collect sensitive personal and financial data, to ensure that any data is encrypted and secure. Many websites that collect non-sensitive information have operated without SSL certificates, and simply had the pages that include forms etc subtly marked by Google Chrome.

However, all that is about to change as Google ramps up its security requirements. From July, sites that currently have any pages marked as not secure will have a stronger warning posted in the URL field across the whole site (see image below)

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Google is likely to take this further in future. Alongside this change, any site that has an SSL certificate from cybersecurity software company Symantec will not only be labelled as insecure but any links in Google will take the user straight to a warning page, rather than the site itself.

It is suspected that Google will eventually treat all “non secure” sites in this way.

Certification applies not only to websites but also applications such as webmail and online CMS systems.

We are recommending that all clients who have any form of data capture on their site should now purchase an SSL certificate.

You can check if you have a certificate in a couple of ways:

Call your site up in Google Chrome and check whether there is a “i” in place before your URL. If there is, you will need to get an SSL certificate.

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If you already have a certificate you should see a padlock symbol instead.

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Get in touch with us on 0117 3250091 or email us  if you think you  may need to get an SSL certificate installed on your site.

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National arboretum website builds on community engagement

Our new website for Friends Of Westonbirt Arboretum puts the organisations community at the heart of its online activity, with public fundraising tools and online resources for members.

The responsive website includes a number of tools for engaging supporters, including a community fundraising platform that allows members of the public to set up their own fundraising pages in support of the arboretum.

User-friendly membership and the sale of “virtual products’ including the ability to adopt parts of the arboretum via an interactive map are helping to drive fundraising and income generation for the national arboretum’s charity body by providing more focussed online engagement with their 30,000 members.

The site also brings the charity’s popular monthly magazine fully online, with a dedicated magazine and archive section included in the website’s blogging platform.

Visit FOWA’s website >>


Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Responsive site for relaunched animal charity

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Bristol Dogs and Cats Home relaunched as Bristol A.R.C. with a new, responsive website designed and created by Tickbox to launch their new brand.

The site, built on our Hummingbird 3 website platform, reflect the new brand identity for the organisation and includes many of our powerful community engagement and fundraising tools.

We created a user-friendly animal matching database that allows prospective adopters to find the perfect animal for them. Strong use of images and a light, friendly “voice” to the site support the new brand messages of the Bristol-based charity.

The site includes a fundraising platform, interactive timeline and donation facilities as well as being designed to work seamlessly with mobile devices.

 Visit Bristol A.R.C.’s website >>