James O'Brien, Developer in Marietta, United States
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James O'Brien

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PSD to HTML Developer

Marietta, United States
Toptal Member Since
May 11, 2016

James is an expert web developer who prides himself on his ability to collaborate and create just about anything that a client could want. He can help you build your online presence for your business, bringing valuable experience to the table on both the marketing and design/development ends of the project.


Northrop Grumman
PHP, WordPress, Bootstrap 4, Adobe, Metrics, Web Analytics, JavaScript, NPM...
Octane Marketing Solutions
Laravel, Meteor, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, PHP
Visionquest Development
MySQL, CSS, HTML, PHP, WordPress, WooCommerce, Stripe, WordPress Themes...




Preferred Environment

Notepad++, PhpStorm, Windows, Git

The most amazing...

...thing I've written is a custom wooCommerce order report system for The Loft.

Work Experience

Web Developer

2016 - PRESENT
Northrop Grumman
  • Supported the CDC in the Digital Media Branch in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication. Provided a heavily customized WordPress instance for the CDC to manage content with.
  • Learned more about the agile process, Jira ticket triage, more about PHP, JavaScript, and jQuery. Enhanced my knowledge of high-availability apps, Git version control, and troubleshooting various problems.
  • Helped develop documentation and onboarding for new employees. Helped hire new employees and performed interviews, managed a team of developers, GitHub commits, deployments for production assets, etc.
Technologies: PHP, WordPress, Bootstrap 4, Adobe, Metrics, Web Analytics, JavaScript, NPM, WordPress API

Development Director

2014 - PRESENT
Octane Marketing Solutions
  • Administrated systems and databases. Managed a cPanel and WHM installation with over 60 WordPress sites.
  • Developed in PHP, HTML, CSS, and jQuery. Heavy PHP development.
  • Created HTML templates for both simple HTML landing pages and complex WordPress one-page websites.
  • Built CSS media queries and wrote code for mobile-first development. Built themes in both mobile first and desktop first development.
  • Configured email, managed DNS zones, did nameserver pointing for clients, etc.
  • Managed a cPanel/WHM (Web Host Manager) server for some of our internal websites and also provided a place for clients to host with us.
  • Converted PSD to HTML and WordPress. Converted many sites over to WordPress just by looking at the existing site.
Technologies: Laravel, Meteor, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, PHP

Freelance Web Developer

2013 - PRESENT
Visionquest Development
  • Managed a WHM/cPanel server for my clients.
  • Created plugins and functionality for small to medium business websites.
  • Maintained WordPress or HTML websites for clients on a weekly basis.
Technologies: MySQL, CSS, HTML, PHP, WordPress, WooCommerce, Stripe, WordPress Themes, Integration, API Integration, Web Development, Theme Customization, Design, WordPress Plugins

Keegan's Irish Pub

I worked on this website for Octane, and created a custom theme for WordPress. The Irish pub needed a nice looking site with some custom functionality, and because the owner has a good relationship with Octane, we made a custom theme based on our designer's mockup. I maintain all of the code and still perform updates and maintenance.

The Loft

The Loft is a business in downtown Columbus GA that has a restaurant downstairs, a bar and venue upstairs, and a music studio and offices on the top floor. I created a website to sell tickets for the events, and to give them a presence on the web. I maintain all of the code and hosting. This website was a project I started on in 2010 and I still manage and maintain their website today.

Schoolhouse Beer

This website is for a home brew builder teacher in Marietta. The website houses all of his products in WooCommerce to sell internationally. It was a custom theme based on our design's mockup at Octane. It includes a shopping cart that increments when products are added to the cart. I still maintain all code and maintenance on this website today.
2012 - 2013

Associate's Degree in Computer Science

Auburn University - Auburn, Alabama

2008 - 2012

Associate's Degree in Science

Southern Union State Community College - Opelika, Alabama


Stripe, WordPress API, jQuery


PhpMyAdmin, Git, PhpStorm, Notepad++, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe, NPM


Responsive Web Design (RWD), Agile Software Development, Scrum


CSS, PHP, HTML5, HTML, JavaScript


WordPress, WooCommerce, Android, cPanel, Windows, Linux, Meteor




AngularJS, Laravel


PSD to HTML, WordPress Themes, Web Development, Theme Customization, WordPress Plugins, Integration, API Integration, Bootstrap 4, Metrics, Web Analytics, Design

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