The Digital Forge specialises in the design and development of database backed Content Management driven websites using Joomla! and mobile apps for iOS and Android.


Our 'get you going fast' package is just £450 including 1 year's hosting. This includes a Joomla site set up and custom template designed to meet your exact requirements.
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Custom App Design

Do you have a great idea for an App that needs realising? This can often be done for far less than you think starting at just £500 for the most basic.

Coder for hire

If you need to add some horsepower to your coding team, at just £50/hour+VAT I can bring an extra pair of skilled hands to the table. Fully conversant with Source Code Control, I can dovetail in with your existing team to get your project delivered.

Personal tuition

Launched in November 2015, two new services: DG Mac Man - help and tuition with your Apple™ Mac at home and DG App Man - I will teach you everything you need to know to write and publish Apps in the Apple™ App Store and Google™ Play Store.


Here are 'six of the best' x 2 I have developed. First six apps then six websites.


Forest Ideas

Outdoor Activities

See it on iTunes


A Teaching Aid

See it on iTunes


Livestock Management

See it on iTunes


Water Analysis Recording

See it on iTunes


Strategy Game

See it on iTunes


Recipe Ideas for Students

See it on iTunes


iLivestock Website

Single scroller Bootstrap 2.0 design for the iLivestock App

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The Cider Tower

Holiday Letting in Kirkcudbright

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Band site with video feeds and mp3 player. Joomla!

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Auchencairn Website

Website for Active Village.

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Royal Scottish Forestry Society

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Craigshall Cottage

Self Catering

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OK, so I am no spring chicken, I admit it! I started work as a Software Engineer back in 1985. I built my first website using <HoTMetaL> back in 1999

  • 1999

    My First Website

    We had sat up a hobby business in St. Albans called 3ex - Expatriate Export Express - this soon morphed into 3ex web consultancy services

  • 2000

    The Digital Forge is Born

    digital forge, the (dig·i·tal·forge)
    1. to construct, create, devise, fabricate, fashion, form, invent or shape cutting edge web, Internet and e-commerce solutions
    2. a one-stop shop for your presence in cyberspace

  • July 2002

    Relocation to bonny
    Dumfries and Galloway

    We decided to 'up sticks' and bring the family to Auchencairn on the Solway Firth. A wonderful place to bring up kids and explore what the great outdoors has to offer. Oh and a little bit of work too!

  • June 2004

    A little rebranding

    out with the imperial purple and in with a a funky green and V Dub font. Still our moniker to this day.

  • November 2015

    Time for a new website...

    What you see here is based on Bootstrap 3.0 and is pure CSS 3. The new website co-insides with the launch of two new services from The Digital Forge....DG Mac Man - and DG App Man - Click the links to find out more!

  • How can We

Meet The Digital Forge

It's mainly me but I have a team of helpers!

Jim Holland

Cutting code since 1985

Very keen sailor - The Solway Yacht Club, musician - saxophonist, The Cotton Street Band and Under The Hammer. I enjoy creating new things in the digital world be they websites, apps or engine room code.

Having started developing websites in 1999, I have a depth of experience not often found :-) I have 9 Apps currently published in the Apple App Store and three in production currenly. I have lost count of the number of websites I have built!

Contact Me

I'd love to hear from you!