Brian Coords

Brian Coords

Aliso Viejo, CA, United States
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Brian Coords

Brian Coords

Aliso Viejo, CA, United States
Member since October 27, 2016
Brian loves solving problems with WordPress. In his previous career, he was a high school and college English teacher, which is where his love for relationships, personal growth, and strong communication skill originated. His professional passions include non-profits and educational organizations.
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Portfolio
Experience
  • HTML/CSS, 8 years
  • jQuery, 8 years
  • PHP, 5 years
  • WordPress API, 5 years
  • JavaScript, 5 years
  • Ionic, 2 years
  • Gulp.js, 2 years
  • Vue.js, 1 year
Aliso Viejo, CA, United States
Availability
Part-time
Preferred Environment
OS X, Node.js, Git, Gulp, SASS, Brackets, Adobe CC
The most amazing...
...project I've worked on was an iOS/Android app using the WP REST API to run from a WordPress back-end. The app is for neurologists and a rare disease community.
Employment
  • New Media Manager
    The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Created and managed a WordPress-based website with 2k+ daily visitors.
    • Manage a Google Analytics profile for website conversion rate optimization.
    • Integrated custom post type and meta architecture with WP REST API to power a mobile application.
    • Managed Google AdGrants Pro with monthly budget of $40,000.
    • Manage all aspects of graphic design for print materials and online promotions.
    • Integrated interactive Vue.js-based components.
    Technologies: WordPress, Gulp, Sass, Node.js, Ionic Framework, Adobe CC, Vue,js
  • Senior Web Developer (Freelance)
    Saba Agency
    2015 - 2015
    • Designed, built, and managed websites for large business and local government and civil groups.
    • Completed the transition to responsive design for multiple WordPress and Magento websites.
    • Monitored monthly SEO strategies for multiple clients.
    Technologies: WordPress, Magento, HTML, CSS, JS, Gulp, Sass, LESS
  • Adjunct Instructor
    Fresno City College
    2014 - 2015
    • Taught a full course-load of writing and literature courses for college freshman.
    • Wrote college-level curriculum.
    Technologies: Blackboard
  • Director of Media and Website
    Rocky Hill Community Church
    2013 - 2015
    • Built marketing and media teams from the ground up, including both paid employees and volunteers.
    • Designed, built, and managed a WordPress website with eCommerce capabilities.
    • Oversaw graphic design for web and print materials, from Facebook ad campaigns to highway billboards.
    • Oversaw stage design and A/V management for services, musical productions, and special events.
    Technologies: WordPress, HTML, CSS, JS, Adobe CC
Experience
  • Talk in Arabic Custom Development (Development)
    https://www.talkinarabic.com

    Front-end and WordPress development for a large, subscription-based, educational website. Development included a custom WordPress theme, two custom WordPress plugins, and a suite of options through Advanced Custom Fields for maximum user editability.

  • CB Custom Modules (Development)
    https://cbcustommodules.com

    WordPress plugin/Beaver Builder extension with 800+ active installs.

    Free suite of custom modules for Beaver Builder that highlight photography with smooth animations, interactions, and hover effects.

  • Community All Stars Site Design/Development (Development)
    https://communityallstars.com

    I redesigned and rebuilt their website from the ground up. We also took advantage of the content storing power of WordPress and the magic of REST APIs (a data-storage and retrieval system that breaks down walls). I created a centralized location for all of their client data, using REST APIs and fancy tools like AngularJS to let them display and manipulate their info as needed. In addition, I was able to connect to their Google Drive, allowing them to make simple edits in Google Spreadsheets that updated online in real-time.

  • NMO Resources Mobile App (Development)
    https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1032001786?pt=117931778&mt=8

    The app is meant as an educational resource for clinicians and stakeholders in the NMO community. Some of the requests were for a modern, visual interface, easy navigation and hierarchy, and a deep pool of information made easily accessible.

    The app is available for iOS and Android. By leveraging the Ionic Framework and Cordova plugin system, I was able to build the app using emerging web technologies but still wrap it up and deliver it as a native app. The app is managed through a WordPress back-end, syncing data through the WP REST API.

    Some of the more exciting features of NMO Resources include a video library, access to in-depth FAQs and research publications, and a special ‘Notes’ section for storing information. Some of the most exciting features center around accessibility. Because a high percentage of the users would have impaired vision, it was important to include settings that would allow them to increase font size and font thickness as well as remove any image backgrounds that would get in the way of legibility.

  • Self Help Enterprises Site Design/Development (Development)
    http://www.selfhelpenterprises.org/

    Redesigned and built the site to run on WordPress, which allowed us to leverage custom post types and meta storage in an effort to organize their data. Instead of dealing with code, the entire system was automated to display what they want exactly the way they want it.

    Demographic research suggested that access to home internet was limited, but mobile views were prevalent, so the site was built from the ground up to be responsive and mobile-friendly. In addition, I rounded it out with custom graphic elements, smooth scrolling effects, and even a custom icon font that could be easily used throughout the site.

  • The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation (Development)
    https://guthyjacksonfoundation.org/

    This website was built from the ground up to run completely on WordPress. Originally meant to replace and combine four separate microsites, this sprawling website has be organized for user ease and search engine optimization.

    There are multiple surprises along the way, including a full user account interface for comments and communities, event postings that integrate with Google Maps API, and Vue.js-powered sections that increase engagement through interactivity and speed.

  • eBook: I Built a Website and Now I Want to Be a Web Designer (Other amazing things)
    https://briancoords.com/ebook/

    eBook for web designers that explores some of the things I wish someone would’ve told me before I started building websites for money.

  • WordCamp Presentation: WordPress for Nonprofits (Other amazing things)
    https://wordpress.tv/2017/07/20/brian-coords-wordpress-for-non-profits/

    Presentation at WordCamp Orange County regarding nonprofits and WordPress.

  • WordPress REST API: The Next Generation CMS Feature (Publication)
    For a while, WordPress seemed to had fallen behind. As the web became more reliant on JavaScript to create immersive, interactive experiences, it became increasingly clear that WordPress needed to offer new ways for users and developers to interact with its content. In this post, Toptal Freelance Developer Brian Coords explores the amazing new features of WordPress's REST API, showing why WordPress is still on the cutting edge of web development.
Skills
  • Languages
    Sass, HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP
  • Libraries/APIs
    WordPress API, jQuery, Vue.js
  • Tools
    Adobe CC, Gulp.js
  • Platforms
    WordPress
  • Frameworks
    Ionic
  • Storage
    Amazon S3
Education
  • Teacher's credential in Education
    Cal State Fullerton - Fullerton, CA
    2009 - 2010
  • Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English Education
    Cal Poly Pomona - Pomona, CA
    2003 - 2009
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