WordPress

Themes, Plugins Experience

Overview

WordPress Experience

I’ve been designing, building and maintaining WordPress sites for over a decade. In that time I’ve had to learn a multitude of themes, plugins and page builders. 

01. Themes

Out of the Box or Custom

Here are the most used themes that I have experience working with:

  • Avada
  • X Theme
  • Ocean WP (current theme)
  • Hello Elementor

My experience runs the spectrum of installing a theme and making minor color/font changes to building a custom child theme using Hello Elementor as the base theme.

User flows or flowcharts, as they are sometimes called, are diagrams that display the complete path a user takes when using a product.

The user flow lays out the user’s movement through the product, mapping out each and every step the user takes—from entry point right through to the final interaction.

Here I mapped out the user flow for different actions users would take on this financial services app.

02. Plugins

Experience

I have worked extensively with most of the top plugins that websites use but here are some that I’m most familiar with.

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)

I’ve used ACF and the repeater fields to create custom pages for past clients within the WordPress admin. For one client I created a team section within WordPress so the admins could go in the back end and easily add and delete team members without worrying about design or layout issues from editing content.

Elementor Website Builder

This portfolio site is built using Elementor Pro as well as a couple of other sites I have developed.

I take full advantage of Elementor’s features like templates, header/footer builder and  form submission integration.

Contact Form 7

I use Contact Form 7 currently with integration for Mailchimp. I have also used Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms and many others. I have integrated these into Hubspot, Mailchimp, Marketo and Constant Contact. 

SEO Related Plugins

I currently use Site Kit for Google but have used Yoast and Rank Math to improve SEO in the past.

Security

Security is always my main focus when building a WordPress site. I have a good track record of building sites that are easy to maintain and are secure. My go to plugins for this are Wordfence Security and Jetpack.

In addition whenever possible I limit what plugins are used for developing the site. Each additional plugin added increases the chance of a security hole being introduced as well as decreasing the speed and responsiveness of the site.

 

03. Web apps

Wireframes and Visual Designs

Atty911 Web App

Atty911 was developed to help those in need of an attorney to quickly obtain one. I was responsible for taking the designers pixel perfect comps and coding a site that would feel more like an app. Using jQuery Mobile, I was able to quickly create a site that felt more like an app.

Project Responsibilities

  • HTML/CSS/JS
  • implemented jQuery Mobile with no prior knowledge
  • testing / bug fixes

Nabors Intranet Application

Nabors Industries owns and operates the world’s largest land-based drilling rig fleet and is a leading provider of offshore drilling rigs in the United States and multiple international markets.

Project Responsibilities

  • visual design / wireframes
  • managed small team of oversees developers
  • conducted bi-weekly review meetings
  • tested weekly builds

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Other Portfolio Items

Visit some of my other work over the years.