Web Development and Design
Selected Sites: Design and Operations
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Configuration, Customization, and Optimization
The WordPress themes and plugins with which I have worked – configuring, customizing, and on occasion forking and re-writing – are far too numerous to list. Among the widely used WordPress extensions, add-ons, and integrations that I have customized or worked with extensively are Advanced Custom Fields, Yoast SEO, DIVI, Visual Composer, WordFence, S2Member, Events Calendar, ContactForm 7, Gravity Forms, WP Smush, Next Gen Gallery, wpDiscuz, W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, Autoptimize, AddToAny Share Buttons, AdRotate, Easy Digital Downloads, WP All Import, and WooCommerce, including premium WooCommerce extensions and add-ons.
I’ve also worked with many tools non-specific to WordPress, but important to many WordPress sites, like Google Analytics and AdSense, Commission Junction/Conversant, MailChimp, and Cloudflare. I have worked intensively on optimization of WordPress sites for page speed and search engine ranking (SEO), and am familiar with a wide range of specialized tools for measuring and improving site performance, though I also know that seeking a 100/100 score, especially on a WordPress site, is neither practical nor desirable.
Among the web-hosts with which I’ve worked are FastComet, SiteGround, InMotion, Dreamhost, Bluehost, HostGator, StartLogic, Digital Ocean, Fused, and GoDaddy, and in consumer/shared as well as VPS/Dedicated Server environments.
In addition to working with WordPress/WooCommerce and other “free-standing” e-commerce applications, I also maintained an eBay on-line store from 2005 to 2015, and have been an active eBay seller since 2001 – with ca. 5000, 100% positive feedback ratings. My specialty is collectibles, especially movie collectibles, and I frequently work as a “trading assistant” facilitating sales on consignment. I have operated Amazon stores of different types, worked with Etsy and other venues, and maintained my own self-designed e-store, deployed via osCommerce, from 2006 to 2010.
WordPress Instruction and Training
I enjoy teaching people what I have learned, and will incorporate instruction and documentation into my job bids on request. If it’s a particularly interesting project, I may go ahead anyway, without charge!
Often, I’ll put together a video:
Selected Original Plug-Ins
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More on Web Design and Development
For more on my web design philosophy, background, and experience, you can also check out the posts in my “Web Design” archive or the pages for the WordPress Plug-Ins that I have authored or am in the process of developing.
Writing and Publishing
At various times I have been a working writer – screenwriter, journalist, editor, translator – and I have also been published as a poet in obscure literary magazines most or all of which no longer exist. For several years I freelanced as a script reader and editor for independent movie and television production companies.
I studied English in college, at UCLA, where I received a B.A. My main projects as a writer are organized as this blog is organized: I write on philosophical, theological, political, and cultural themes, with posts increasingly brought under one of two main headings: “Anismism” for pieces focused on philosophy and theology, and “Neo-Imperialism” for geo-politics and theory of the present historical conjuncture. I select pieces from any category including those two for the “Featured” archive after they’ve had a chance to be re-read and re-edited for a few months.
I was born in Vienna, Austria, of American parents, who returned to the US while I was still an infant: I read German as a mostly self-taught foreigner, not as a native German-speaker. I have good reading knowledge of several other European languages.
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For rescuing a site, or fixing a display error, or installing and configuring a standard plug-in or any of my own plugins – and I’ll add a site check-up, diagnosis, and custom development road-map for free.
*If it can’t be done in 1 hour, I’ll refund your fee (and tell you why).