Connor Walls

Recently we unveiled a new homepage here at SkillPages. It’s a one-stop-shop to deliver personalised, relevant content to our users, as explained by Jason in his blog post Your New Home on SkillPages. This is one page which pulls and displays content from all corners of our platform, be it new connections, jobs relevant to your skills, or the latest status updates.

Technically speaking this has created an interesting challenge: how to get content from many dissimilar services on the platform, and display them cohesively in one place – and in a timely fashion! Read Post

Open Source Software

Like pretty much every other start-up, SkillPages relies heavily on open source software. It simply wouldn’t have been possible to build our platform as quickly and as robustly as we did without using components lovingly crafted by the vibrant and dynamic open source community. Read Post

Remember not so long ago we would use the Yellow Pages or similar ‘phonebook’ to find a plumber or wedding photographer? Now, the first thing we do is jump on a computer or pick up a mobile device and start searching. Thanks to SkillPages, the go-to place to find skilled people, what was traditionally an irritating, time consuming process just takes a few quick clicks. Now, there is no need to waste time phoning around different service providers, asking for quotes, sussing out what work they have done previously, figuring out if they are trustworthy, etc. Read Post

Platform Engineering Team Focus

The engineering team puts considerable thought and effort into ensuring that the SkillPages platform is always suitably scalable and flexible to best serve our users.

How do we achieve the balance between this objective while operating in a fast-paced and incredibly delivery-focused domain? We understood early on that investing that extra effort in upfront design and architecture yields significant returns very quickly. In essence, we have put in place the structures and conditions that give the greatest probability of success.

Perhaps one of the best and unlikely case-studies in the value of this approach is to be found in 17th Century Swedish history. Read Post