I specialize in building robust and growing websites using Drupal and WordPress. I can help evaluate your project’s needs and advise on selecting the appropriate one.
Contact me for:
- Building a new website
- Moving an older website to Drupal or WordPress, making it more secure and easier to edit
- Troubleshooting an existing Drupal or WordPress website
- Adding new features to an existing website
- Upgrading the software running your website
- Ongoing maintenance and security updates
- Training and mentoring of your website contributors
I enjoy projects that allow me to develop new skills. Here are some of the ways that I’ve served while learning in the process.
While working as a web developer and technical assistant at the University of Minnesota, I completed a CompTIA A+ Hardware/Software certification course to provide first-tier user support in a growing department. I attended regular meetings of the network professionals on campus to stay on top of security concerns and technology advancements, and joined the association of employees in communications roles.
I produced videos and other multimedia materials for a variety of environments, completing several post-secondary courses in Instructional Design as a way to develop my understanding of user experience and project management at the same time.
I became intimately aware of challenges in managing a website with over 10,000 individual pages without the benefit of a Content Management System (CMS), such as the then-fledgling Drupal. I sought out my next job as an opportunity to learn this new tool, working to extract, transform, and load legacy content from an older custom platform while building out the website and training users as editors and contributors. I also helped conduct usability testing sessions as we prepared to launch a new community website.
In over a decade as an independent consultant, I have conducted workshops and individualized training sessions, helped migrate organizations to new web hosting and communications tools, and worked with users of all levels of technical comfort and expertise.
I’ve extracted, transformed, and loaded external data into Drupal and WordPress, using XML parsing tools, shell scripting, and customized databases. I have migrated large complex sites from static files and outdated platforms, and assisted with ongoing server maintenance and security.