Starting a Web Development Business with Vasilis Skarleas




Introduce yourself!


My name is Vasilis Filippos Skarleas, but you can also call me Philip. I am 17 years old and I am from Greece. I am passionate about new technologies like robotics, mechatronics, and applications.



What do you do?


I am currently active in the field of website development, Internet solutions, and iOS app development. In the meantime, I am working as a freelancer on websites. In addition to that, I am developing several internet services that aim to improve day to day life.

I am a fervent supporter of human rights and I strongly believe that every human being should have access to services promoting the common good, without having to pay for them or get bombarded by ads in order to increase profit at the expense of users' data.

This is why all my services are offered for free, including VS Speedtest and CheckingMail Service.


What is the VS Speedtest and the CheckingMail Service and where can we find them?


In general, Speedtest is a web service that provides free analysis of Internet access performance metrics, such as connection data, internet speed, rate and latency. Under the OOKLA network, I developed my customized speed test with no annoying ads. I think anyone would prefer an ad-free product. You can find it by visiting https://speed.madebyvasilis.site.

CheckingMail is a free anti-phishing service that can be used with any email account and needs no setup or access to your emails. CheckingMail Service offers you a masked email address under @madebyvasilis.site shield, that points to your original email address. Every email that is sent to the masked email address, after a couple of seconds, has been queued and processed under test against spamming and phishing algorithms. In fact, my servers are processing more than 13.6k requests per month and my encrypted bandwidth rate is 99.45%. You can learn more HERE.

I have to mention that all these services have been made with 3rd party services that cost money for maintenance but again, the right to the security of the information and the information itself is of greater importance.



How did you become interested in web development?


When I was in 6th grade, I had the opportunity to participate in WRO (World Robotic Olympiad) which led me to STEM. This is where I was first introduced to programming logic. Then, 4 years ago we needed to make a website to help rent a property. After that, programming, design, minimalism, logic and connections became the force that started my journey with website development and marketing solutions.



What is the process of building and maintaining a successful website?


Everything begins with a meeting with the client. You need to understand the philosophy behind their brand and their needs. In the second meeting, you need to find out which software you are going to use to develop the website. After many discussions and blueprints, the designing process starts. You need to collaborate with graphic designers and follow the design of the brand (fonts, colors, etc.).

Personally, I also offer marketing solutions. This is why in all of my projects I am integrating pro marketing tools like analytics software, in order to have prepare for future needs of the brand. When the marketing team needs these tools, the foundation will have already been laid, even if they don’t know how to use it yet. Last but not least, a strong network and first in class hosting is what you need to keep a website up and running without downtime.


Are you completely self-taught? How did you navigate the process of teaching yourself a new skill?


Yeah! I am completely self-taught. Having a background in HTML programming language helped me a lot to find out more during database development and the discovery of new technologies - programming languages.


At what point did you decide to create a web development business to help other businesses?


When I saw that international brands had a lot of badly designed websites. If we look back in 2016, the websites didn’t have any e