I’m passionate about good clean code, modern front-end design, site longevity, speed+quality, and giving the best user experience for backend website management.

Qualifications

My core skillset is WordPress Development; which encompasses:

PHP, CSS, JS, HTML, MySQL, Website Design

However, being a full stack developer, my other abilities, libraries, languages (basically what I’m spending my days doing) includes:

jQuery, LESSCSS/SASS, Unix+Apache Servers, .htaccess, WP-CLI, npm, JSON/REST APIs, terminal/cli, Google APIs, Gulp, Knowledge Graph, VPS Setup, DNS Management, oAuth 2.0, AWS (EC2 RDS Route53 S3) cloud setup, Site migrations, Git, WP Theme customizations, Responsive design, mobile site optimization, Site Audits & Optimization, foundational SEO work, LetsEncrypt SSL, Responsive Sites, AMP Support, HIDPI Support

My focus right now, where I’m dedicating all my learning and steering any new side projects to is:

Node & React

Community

I volunteer a portion of my time contributing to helping other WordPress developers, for 2018 I’m a top 1% contributor on WordPress.stackexchange.com. I’m also giving back to the open source community as best I can by keeping my non-contracted code open source, my snippets public, and releasing WordPress plugins (currently used by more than 10,600+ websites).

Experience

Since 2008 I’ve work on well over 150 WordPress websites – from small weekend artists needing a profile, to a large cross-country businesses like Arrow Transportation. For the majority of sites, I’ve coded custom themes andor plugins to meet their individual needs.


Sept 2018 – Present: Automattic

  • WordPress VIP Intern / Mentee

2011 – 2018 : ROI Media Works Corp

  • Designer & Developer
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining all websites
  • Troubleshooting & customer support, assist with proposals & estimates
  • Created a robust hosting stack with AWS and WordPress network for increased performance, management, and cost reduction
  • Created a crawl and uptime applications to monitor health and status of all websites and server, and to help find errors before customers did
  • Created custom CRM web app to manage projects and clientele

2009 – 2018 : Freelancing

  • Designer & Developer, Consultation
  • Contract for website development for small entities
  • Brand packaging (logos, print material, website, social media content, etc)

2008 – 2012 : heyshauna.com

  • Contract Developer
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining all websites
  • Created a “pods”-like framework for rapid website development
  • Created hosting solution for easier management and backup

2008 – 2009 : Vernon & District Preforming Arts Centre

  • Graphic Design Assistant / in-house Web Developer
  • Assisting the Designer with Poster and print material
  • Recreating and rebuilding vdpac.ca on a custom coded CMS platform in PHP that securely held up and was continued to be used until 2018

Contact

Write me at david@davidsword.ca