Skills & Tools
These are the technical skills I've picked up and tools I've worked with in my career. I'm always eager to learn more. That's what I love most about coding.
Explore a glimpse of my work history featuring projects I've either spearheaded or significantly contributed to in their development and ongoing maintenance.
Analytics Enhancement and Website Maintenance
Built out sections on several pages using Meta's custom XML component sets. Some of the areas of the website included:
Reviewed sections built by others (including Meta staff and my team mates) for design adherence, copy accuracy and code quality. Deprecated old components (built in XHP), as well as old pages, files and directories. Updated, added and removed 301 redirects. Executed similar work on oculus.com and portal.facebook.com, prior to migration to meta.com. Audited page event logging on several meta.com pages, compared to best practices, recommended specific updates, and helped to establish more precise standards for analytics. Implemented these findings upon approval.
Website and blog maintenance, modifications and improvements.
Updated pages with React, powered by Gatsby on Node and deployed via GitHub through Netlify (prior to migration). Created new React components. Participated in peer-reviews as required for all work. Added blog posts powered by HubSpot. Became the go-to for Codazen's blog as to it's maintenance and structure and necessary steps for improvement. Provided insight and direction on migration to newer frameworks and platforms, for an improved company website.
New modern website for the county's many parks, built with WordPress.
Working at RD Technology Solutions, I contributed to the development of many websites for the County of Los Angeles such as these. Some of my responsibilities included:
On the LA County Parks website, we needed an entire set of icons to represent the various features available at all of their parks, while adhering to a consistent look. I was provided icons for a few park features, and was tasked to find or create matching icons for the remaining features. Using Adobe Illustrator, I fabricated or drew (from scratch) the remaining icons needed for the project, while maintaining a consistent color palette, stroke weight and size. The client was very happy with the results, as it was exactly what they wanted.
New modern website for a county probation department, built with WordPress.
The LA County Probation Dept. needed a new website with modern features.
Problem: They had several categories to feature, but within those categories they had a large amount of subcategories. They wanted to feature all of this on the home page, in a way that is user-friendly and relatively simple, despite the massive quantity of options. They also wanted a large slideshow on the Home page, to follow the modern trend, with friendly colors matching their logo.
Solution: I came up with a feature tile set representing the main categories, placed over a fullscreen slideshow. Clicking on each tile displays its many subcategories, which takes you to the pertinent page. With animated queues, this layout was clear and intuitive.
The client at the LA County Probation Dept. was very pleased with this new home page.
New website for an acting career trainer.
April needed a modern website to market her acting coaching service. After Riafox put this new WordPress website together with a modern theme and fulfilled most of the necessary requirements, they asked me to modify a few of the theme features that fell short. This included:
Website makeover, built on WordPress with a modified theme.
The client needed their WordPress website's design coded into the theme. The main objective was to showcase their construction work, so there were many galleries. A plugin waslimited features used for the galleries, but it had limited features that didn't cover the design or informational needs. After I configured and coded adjustments in order to theme the website just as the design portrayed, I added an informational hover effect to the gallery, which did not come included with the plugin. The client was happy with the results and very pleased with the website overall.
New WordPress websites, built with a custom theme and plugins.
While working at Gilleard Marketing, I launched many websites for dental practitioners, in states all across the U.S. Since WordPress was the platform of choice at GM, I built a custom theme and several custom plugins to expedite our workflow and support better control over desired end results.
As the web developer, I built these websites according to the designers' specifications, which were provided to me as a Photoshop file.
These are some of websites I built at Gilleard Marketing.
Nothing excites me more than starting a new project or making something better. For 18 years I have worked as a freelancer, serving clients in many industries, and have also worked as a full-time employee at various retail manufacturing and marketing agencies.