I'm Daron Harvey and I run Targa Web Services
I have spent the past 26 years producing websites and fulfilling a range of web related roles, including Web Design, Search Engine Optimisation, eCommerce project management, Usability Testing, User Acceptance Testing (UAT), User Experience (UX), Business Analysis, etc.
You can dig a little deeper into my career history on LinkedIn.
Freelance Website Designer
From 1996 I spent the first 4 years as a freelance website designer, producing and maintaining websites for various sectors of industry, sports and small businesses, until I was approached by a multi-national company who were putting together a core team to build, manage and grow their international eCommerce website.
A move into eCommerce
In September 2000 I joined Hertz Europe as a senior web designer, and spent the next 20 years in various roles in eCommerce with Hertz Europe and Hertz International, building and managing dynamic eCommerce websites in 28 languages on their core web platform.
My role also involved managing a number of corporate partner websites for several airline partners, including Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Air France and Qatar Airways, as well as the development and launch of a loyalty scheme portal with Hertz's partnership with Nectar.
28 languages - $3.5 billion USD
A good number of air miles were clocked up travelling between the UK and offices in New Jersey, Florida, Texas and Europe, and at the peak during my time with the company the Hertz websites were generating in excess of $3.5 billion US Dollars in online sales.
Along the way I also picked up a great deal of project management, business analysis, presentation and other skills, CSPO (Certified Scrum Product Owner) certification, and have carried that wealth of knowledge and experience into Targa Web Services.
Slow web, slow websites - Efficiency was king
Compared to today, computer and internet technology in the late 90s was fairly limited. Web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Netscape were in their infancy, and connection to the internet was via painfully slow
dial-up modems which took ages to download the pages and images.
Everything was slow - lean and efficient websites won
It was clear back then that if a website was built in such a way that is was laid out well, easy to follow and quick to load, people were more likely to stay on that site compared those websites which was slow and cluttered.
In many respects those fundamental principals have not changed, and so using 26 years of experience to produce quick loading, stylish, affordable and websites is what Targa is focussed on.
Why use Targa?
- 26 years experience
- Depth of Knowledge
- Skills spanning design, coding, graphics, SEO and digital marketing
- Broad understanding of what works and doesn't work for different types of business.
- Affordable service
- Friendly, personal and flexible
Need more reason? Think beyond web design...
You really need to think beyond web design and beyond website.
In recent years many web design agencies and individuals offering freelance web services have started because of the availability of DIY
drag and drop website builders such as Wix and WordPress.
no code tools made it easy to build basic websites, and enabled people to get into the industry despite lacking sufficient technical knowledge to offer a professional web design service with ongoing support, including search engine optimisation, website health checks, user experience testing and Google Analytics services.
Get in Touch
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