Create an online platform that makes it easy for workers to find and book tables at local venues for working face-to-face with colleagues.

  • AJAX
  • jQuery
  • Mobile App
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • Swift
  • Wordpress Custom Plugin
  • Wordpress Custom Theme
  • XD to Wordpress


The Work Local was a UEA funded initiative developed by two local entrepreneurs. I was hired to develop and build an online platform that would meet the following criteria.


  • Allow site administrators to add venues to a database
  • Allow venues to sign up and submit their businesses to the database
  • Allow users to search for local venues using distance and amenity-based filters
  • Filtered search results to be presented on a map
  • Allow users to create accounts and to review and rate venues and their amenities
  • Create a mobile app version (Phase 2)


The clients had provided designs for the homepage and venue single pages in desktop format created in Adobe XD, and cited online platforms such as TripAdvisor, Just Park and AirB&B as models.


To meet the requirements, I built a bespoke theme from a barebones template of Underscores + Bootstrap 4. Custom Post Types were used for venues. A bespoke plugin was created tor the map and search functionality combining GoogleMaps Javascript API and WordPress REST API. An additional plug in was created to extend WordPress Comments to incorporate reviewable items and allow for admin controlled filters.