Development: About

I’ve been building websites for many moons now - sometimes on my own, sometimes with companies. Feel free to check me out on LinkedIn to learn more about the “companies” part of this. I suppose my core skills can be summed up as: front-end developer in a Drupal environment. So, the front-end development part is mostly html/css/sass/jquery/php.

I’ve done a bit of backend development as well, including Drupal module development, 3rd party API & Single Sign-On integration, building internal messaging systems, and so on. Technically I was a Windows sysadmin for a brief few months, but I try to block that out.

My background is in art, so I can also take on theming and design. I focus on keeping things clean and lightweight, preferring CSS to graphics when possible. Designing (and developing) for responsive sites is an ongoing challenge that keeps me on my toes.

My experience in marketing means I know what needs to go where to help make landing pages successful. As a writer and blogger, I feel comfortable taking on copy (and ripping apart copy, as needed). I’ve integrated Salesforce, along with marketing automation systems such as Eloqua, Marketo and Hubspot (I was this close to being Hubspot certified, for realz!).

The fact that I have spent a good portion of my life living on the Internet only enhances all of the above.

So why Drupal? Once upon a time, I built sites in static HTML. Then I dabbled in perl. Then I built a few sites using the M4 preprocessor. Then came PHP, where I built sites using frameworks such as CakePhp & Codeigniter. At some point, it became very clear that content management systems were the way to go. I’ve worked with Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla, Sitefinity, one I custom built for a personal writing site, and several ecommerce systems that I’ve since blocked out. At some point I decided it was high time I narrowed my focus, which became Drupal. Mind you, I still do a bit of Wordpress on the side, as it’s great for blogging, but I’m convinced that Drupal is the future of enterprise sites.

Again, if the above giant chunk of text just left you hungry for more, there’s a good chance that my LinkedIn account can fill you in on the details.