We all come up with really cool ideas, especially on the web with the way the internet is today. But not all of us have the technical knowledge to make those ideas a reality.
I’ve worked with web development since 2012, and I’ve learned a lot in that time frame. I know how to get things on the web done. And I would love to help you make your idea a reality.
Or, if you’ve found yourself with a web project that has grown a little too big and the deadline is looming, I would love to be able to come on board and help the project get finished on time.
What I Can Do
CSS is the easiest way to style webpages today. Over the course of my learning, I’ve become well-versed in how to make CSS work for me to create beautiful designs on the page.
Foundation is CSS framework similar to that of Bootstrap. I know how to utilize Foundation to get the most out of it to make amazing websites.
Git and version control are key parts of the web development work flow these days. I know how to use Git in an efficient manner to make sure all projects are properly under version control.
HTML is the building block of the modern webpage. I know how to create the correct HTML to create the page I need.
jQuery is a small, but powerful tool in web development. I know how to use it to do cool things on the webpage.
MySQL will always be a key part of the internet and web development. I know how to create databases, combine data to get cool stats and get it to print on the page to create dynamic webpages.
Responsive Web Design
The web today is quickly turning to the mobile sphere. So responsive web design is a must. I know how to design websites that look good on desktops, tablets and mobile phones and how to make that come to life in the actual code.
A website’s design is just as important as the code that runs it. It helps a site stand out among the crowd of the other million sites on the web. I can help make your site be one of those that stands out among the sea of other sites.
I’ve worked with WordPress as a user since 2010 and as a developer since 2012. I’ve developed themes and plugins, both commercially and for the respective directories on WordPress.org. It’s easy to get going and I use it on almost all of my projects.
What I Can Do For You
WordPress powers nearly 30 percent of the internet today. . If you need a WordPress site for yourself, or have an idea for a theme or plugin to sell and need the technical know-how, I can help make your idea come together on the screen.
Turning Ideas into Reality
We all have really good ideas. But sometimes we just don’t know how to make them a reality. If you have a great idea for a website, WordPress plugin or theme or other web-related project, and need help with putting it together, I would love to help you make it come to life.
Helping Finish a Project
Sometimes web-related projects become massive and you find yourself needing help to make it all come together before that looming deadline. I would love to come on board and lend a hand to help you and your team cross the finish line and to give you some peace of mind.
What I've Done For Others
Ascension Lutheran Church
Ascension Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., knew they needed to do something with their website, so they turned to Faith Growth Inc. for help. And in April 2016, their new site went live with positive reception.
My part in this project was mainly focused on the front end. I was tasked with making the website look like the designs the church had approved. This involved working within the Genesis and Foundation framework to get the elements positioned correctly. One of the biggest CSS skills I learned from this project was how to get a mask or filter over background images to make text readable and create a cool effect. I also did some back-end work, creating and implementing some Advanced Custom Fields and making the templates work from a PHP standpoint.
The most challenging part of the build for me was getting the horizontal dropdown menus to work since that’s not a typical design element and something I haven’t had a lot of experience with.
All in all, this was a fun site to work on and I left feeling more confident as a front-end developer.
I also wrote a case study on our work with Ascension which also included a new communications plan as well as the website. I sifted through documentation between Faith Growth and Ascension and interviewed Christopher Harris, the owner of Faith Growth, and several members of the congregation. In the end, I was able to tell the story of how this site came together and how it has helped the church. This case study will be used to convince prospective customers that Faith Growth can help them achieve their goals.View Website Read Case Study
Ascension Lutheran Church
For this project I spent most of my time on the front end making the site match the designs the client approved. While the designs look simple, implementing them on the page proved to be a bit of a challenge. The front page was especially challenging given the full-width nature of the design. I had to make a number of changes to the Foundation framework we use in order to make it work.
I also had a challenge designing the menu given how it was designed. I learned how to center items vertically with flex which is something I had been trying to learn for a while. I also worked some in the backend, making sure the PHP worked and creating and implementing Advanced Custom Fields.
Overall, this project helped me become even more confident in my front end skills and I feel like I can implement any design I’m asked to.View Website
Forde Law Offices
Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod
This website proved to be challenging in a couple of different ways.
First off, while the design looks amazing, it turned out to be tough to match. The most difficult part was getting the breadcrumbs section at the top of each page to be correct. While Genesis comes with a breadcrumbs function built in, it didn’t provide us with what we were looking for. So I ended up building a breadcrumbs function completely from scratch to match the design.
Also challenging on the design was getting the single post template correct. The design called for the width for paragraphs and other typographical elements to be not as wide as other elements, so getting all of the elements to cooperate was a fun task.
But the bigger challenge came in the backend. The NTNL Synod previously had a website and a separate database with all of the information of the different pastors, laypeople, churches and other organizations. For their new website, they wanted to combine all of that into one database on their website. So the challenge turned out to be how to organize all of that on the website. We settled on using custom post types and Advanced Custom Fields. It took us about a week to come up with all of the fields that would be needed to suit their needs. Fortunately, after working on Wooden & McLaughlin earlier in the year, connecting the data wasn’t too much of a challenge.
I also wrote a case study for Faith Growth on the work that we did for the synod. Work on this case study included going through documentation between Faith Growth and NTNL and interviewing Christopher Harris, owner of Faith Growth, and several NTNL staff members. Through this, I was able to write a study that clearly showed how we, at Faith Growth, were able to create a website that showcased their needs.
Overall, this was a very fun project to work on as well as a personal one. I was a member of the synod until September 2016, and I know plenty of people in the synod. It felt amazing to give them a cool-looking website and an organized back end so they can carry out their mission.View Website View Case Study
Northern Texas - Northern Louisiana Synod
Wooden & McLaughlin
This website proved to be challenging in two ways.
The first challenge was getting the website to look exactly like the designs that the client approved. From the start of the project, I knew the designs would be winners, but we would have to fiddle around with Foundation and Genesis. The page title sections ended up being the toughest part to design. It required trying to find the right Genesis hook so that we could easily take it full width. Also challenging was getting the sidebars and content to lineup on all of the single post templates. That required jQuery to compare heights to the article div and the sidebar and make the shorter one match the taller one. It was tough, but it was worth it in the end.
The other challenge was connecting the practices, industries served, lawyers and posts to each other. The practices, industries and lawyers were each their own custom post type and we used Advanced Custom Fields to add the relationships between all of them and the posts. The tricky part came in making those connections in the PHP code. Fortunately, WordPress’ custom queries helped in this case as we were able to pull posts in based off of the ids of the practices, industries and lawyers involved.
Overall, this was a fun website to build. It pushed me to learn how to build relationships between the data and to learn CSS deeper in order to match the really cool design.View Website
Wooden McLaughlin, LLP