Chet Hardin, Developer in St. Louis, MO, United States
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Chet Hardin

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Software Developer

St. Louis, MO, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 28, 2019

As a developer, Chet brings more than his 10+ years of experience with CSS, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, and WordPress. He is a team­ player. Chet believes that clear communication is key to success, and to that end, he is receptive, collaborative, and deadline-driven. Chet has extensive experience working within the WordPress CMS and adheres to strict best practices. He delivers well­-documented code on-­time and pixel­ perfect.


Abstrakt Marketing Group
WordPress, NPM, Grunt, Git, Sass, CSS, HTML, MySQL, JavaScript, PHP
Frequent Flyer Services
MySQL, WordPress, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PHP
Chet Hardin Communications
jQuery, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, WordPress




Preferred Environment

WordPress, Git, Sublime Text, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on was a proprietary website builder that allowed for the rapid development of custom websites: total time from setup to launch was 4 hours.

Work Experience

Lead Developer

2016 - 2019
Abstrakt Marketing Group
  • Established and led the company’s first in-house web development team for a large advertising agency.
  • Oversaw a team of three developers specializing on PHP, JavaScript, NPM, Grunt, and Git.
  • Collaborated closely with agency leadership in the formulation of web development strategy and implementation.
  • Provided ongoing guidance to content writers, project and account managers, and designers to streamline internal web development processes.
  • Spearheaded the creation of a custom framework and series of plugins to expedite the development SEO-rich WordPress sites in a high-volume environment.
  • Oversaw the development of dozens of large-scale websites, guiding the process from design to development to launch.
  • Achieved high-90s scores across our sites with Google Page Speed tests.
Technologies: WordPress, NPM, Grunt, Git, Sass, CSS, HTML, MySQL, JavaScript, PHP

Web Developer

2014 - 2016
Frequent Flyer Services
  • Maintained dozens of websites for this international blogging network.
  • Built dozens of custom WordPress themes working from mockups prepared by our lead designer.
  • Built custom WordPress plugins.
Technologies: MySQL, WordPress, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PHP

Web Developer

2013 - 2016
Chet Hardin Communications
  • Developed, managed and maintained dozens of WordPress websites.
  • Worked closely with small to medium-sized businesses from the initial planning phase of their web projects, through design, build, and launch.
  • Served as a valuable resource for clients when dealing with crisis situations, such as hacks, broken plugins, and expedited updates.
Technologies: jQuery, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, WordPress (via Toptal)
This site relies on a highly customized instance of WooCommerce to sell licenses to the client's music. It also features a custom MP3 player with a waveform and a dynamic, unique search page. This site also utilizes AWS for object storage.

Ginseng Creative
Ginseng Creative, a boutique design studio based in Colorado Springs, delivers "original design, advertising and visual identities for clients of all sizes." I worked with Ginseng's owner, Tanya Shaw, to build this stunning, elegant, and intuitive site. She supplied the design, and I supplied the code.

Atomic Kiki

AtomicKiki was "was born out of an enduring love of great mid-century design." Started in 2016 as an Etsy shop, owners Kiki Wright and Marc Finley will be opening the doors to the first brick-and-mortar location this year.

In preparation, their site (which I built on WordPress) is going through a complete overhaul. We will be building the new site with Laravel and will be integrating the Etsy API. It's an exciting project that we hope to have completed for their grand opening.

CSS Animations for Gutenberg Blocks
This plugin exposes CSS animations settings for Gutenberg. Based on Animate.css animations, this allows the WordPress site administrator to add fun animations to any block they want. A small script uses IntersectionObserver to fire when the target element is onscreen.


PHP, Sass, CSS, HTML, JavaScript


Google Analytics API, jQuery, WooCommerce API, Stripe API, Stripe, Google API, REST APIs, Custom APIs


Sublime Text, Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Git, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Adobe, NPM, Grunt


Search Engine Optimization (SEO), RESTful Development


MacOS, WordPress, WooCommerce, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


WP Engine, MySQL


Communication, Front-end Development, APIs, Gravity Forms, Plugins, SEO Tools, SEO Content, Accessibility, RESTful Services, Blade


Laravel, Guzzle

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