Fond Pageant Design

Specialties

Custom WordPress Themes

WordPress is a great blogging platform and CMS, provides a great interface for users, but doesn't provide easy ways for nontechnical people to customize the look and feel of a WordPress site beyond the selection of themes. I can provide a custom design, branded for your organization and encapsulated in a WordPress theme. I can also add custom features using PHP and WordPress' templating and plugin API.

Web Applications Using PHP and MySQL

Form-based contact forms, lightweght content management systems, and other simple applications can add richness and interactivity to websites. I have experience with user authentication, application security practices, and common database application design.

Usability Improvements With JavaScript

Form validation and visual polish are important in giving users a browsing experience free of annoyances. Non-intrusive JavaScript can make any site more useful and pleasing to interact with.

Hosting with Ubuntu Server

GNU/Linux servers host more than half the websites on the internet, and the Ubuntu Server distribution is my platform of choice for deploying any kind of website or application.

WordPress PHP MySQL Ubuntu

Skill Profile

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Experience:

Six years with Pike & Fischer, a small legal publisher owned by the Bureau of National Affairs. My duties include print production for several industry-specific periodicals, book layout, as well as web design and maintenance for all internal and external websites.

The past several years, I've reoriented my computing habits to use Open Source software as much as possible – including the move to the Ubuntu Linux desktop. I see this as a natural outgrowth of more than a decade of enthusiasm for web technology.

Web Design:
  • Semantic XHTML / CSS2
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Wireframing / Mockup Design
  • Web Typography
  • E-mail Newsletters
Programming:
  • PHP / MySQL
  • Javascript
  • Python
CMS / Application Frameworks:
  • WordPress
  • Kohana (CodeIgniter fork)
  • Dojo Javascript Toolkit
  • Smarty PHP Templating Toolkit
Desktop Publishing:
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Inkscape Vector Graphics Editor
  • eBook Production
System Administration:
  • Ubuntu Server Edition
  • Apache
  • GNU / Linux Fluency
  • Security Best Practices
Miscellaneous:

I've used version control systems (Bazaar and Subversion) for programming and website development.

I have experience with Google Analytics and Google AdWords.