Kennith Nichol, Developer in Royston, BC, Canada
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Kennith Nichol

Verified Expert  in Engineering

WordPress Plugins Developer

Location
Royston, BC, Canada
Toptal Member Since
June 27, 2019

Ken is a diligent developer who undertakes complex projects with a range of technology stacks. He has 20 years of experience in front-end and back-end development using various methodologies. Ken has a solid knowledge base in PHP and WordPress, building custom themes and plugins, and troubleshooting and training. He specializes in WordPress and custom development for both the front end and back-end of applications.

Portfolio

Training Solutions International
WordPress, WooCommerce, Elementor, Zoom, Learning Management Systems (LMS)...
Nichol Consulting
WordPress API, CSS, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, JavaScript, HTML5...
FlowPress
WordPress, WP Engine, Git, GitHub, CircleCI, Amazon Web Services (AWS), PHP...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Terminal, Vim Text Editor, Linux, PHP, Trello, Jira, React, SQL, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The most amazing...

...project I've built was a large non-multisite network of related WordPress sites with a common plugin and theme environment.

Work Experience

WooCommerce Developer

2023 - PRESENT
Training Solutions International
  • Developed a customization to allow multi-day events to recur (via FooEvents). The plugin required modifications, so a second script was created to alter the plugin files after an update (added a filter call on the JSON output).
  • Repaired the theme so that it worked properly with Elementor templates and WooCommerce.
  • Tested several event plugins to establish the functionality required by the project. Chose the plugin with the closest functionality and added some customizations on top.
Technologies: WordPress, WooCommerce, Elementor, Zoom, Learning Management Systems (LMS), WordPress Plugins

Full-stack Developer | WordPress Consultant

2004 - PRESENT
Nichol Consulting
  • Built, troubleshot, and maintained software and websites.
  • Provided web development, web hosting, and consulting for the development of web services and applications.
  • Maintained and hosted WordPress websites for local nonprofits and small businesses.
Technologies: WordPress API, CSS, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, JavaScript, HTML5, WordPress, PHP, PSD to WordPress, SQL, PostgreSQL 10, Vim Text Editor, Adobe Photoshop, PSD to HTML, Linux, MySQL, Web Development, Full-stack, Full-stack Development, NGINX, Tailwind CSS, Laravel, Bootstrap, Eloquent

WordPress Developer

2023 - 2024
FlowPress
  • Started work on a custom reporting tool that would extract data from APIs and inject them into reports. The goal was to distribute KPIs and usable statistics into automated reports for clients to reduce the burden of reporting on staff.
  • Performed regular maintenance of client websites (updates, security fixes, and content changes).
  • Developed a client reskin/redesign from a provided design into a beaver builder block-based theme (customized blocks).
Technologies: WordPress, WP Engine, Git, GitHub, CircleCI, Amazon Web Services (AWS), PHP, MySQL, SQL, Beaver Builder, Gulp

PHP & React Developer

2021 - 2023
Improve the News Foundation
  • Developed a React-based, user-friendly GUI to allow data analysts to sort data clusters more rapidly. This required the re-development of the back-end API as well.
  • Implemented a new feature to allow data curators to add and remove information regarding public figures. This was a full-stack application with a React and Next.js front end and a PHP and MySQL back end.
  • Worked with the lead engineer to resolve bugs in the APIs from a steady list of Jira tickets.
Technologies: PHP, React, JavaScript, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Next.js, PM2, TypeScript, SQL, Vim Text Editor, Redux, Linux, MySQL, Material UI, Figma, Web Development, Full-stack, User Experience (UX), Full-stack Development, NGINX, Tailwind CSS, React Query

WordPress Developer

2020 - 2022
Three Five Two
  • Improved the performance of an older WordPress site that was heavily customized to migrate from s2Member to MemberPress. The site required an extensive review of the custom functionality to determine what could be safely removed.
  • Maintained and updated a three-part product with a WordPress marketing site, a React client app, and a Heroku-hosted Node.js API. Issues are handled via Jira and weekly spring planning.
  • Participated in the restructuring and redesigning of the application with a new design provided via Adobe XD.
Technologies: WordPress, Node.js, React, React Redux, Git, GitHub, Recurly, PubNub, MemberPress, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Heroku, HTML5, JavaScript, PHP, Redux, Agile, WordPress Plugins, User Experience (UX), Full-stack Development, MongoDB

WordPress Developer

2020 - 2022
Altus Solutions, Inc.
  • Aided in the set up and improved performance of a multisite WordPress network, which consisted of interconnecting standalone marketing WordPress sites with the network.
  • Implemented automated tagging, automation, and integration between LearnDash and ActiveCampaign. Worked with the marketing team to devise a practical approach to labeling, lists, and segmentation.
  • Investigated and resolved tickets, bugs, and other issues as they appeared. Aided in the Zoho Desk set up to help manage support tickets.
Technologies: ActiveCampaign, WordPress, Website Setup, Web Analytics, PHP, LearnDash, MemberPress, Learning Management Systems (LMS), CSS3, SQL, MySQL, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), WordPress Plugins, WP Engine, Elementor, Google Analytics 4, Google Analytics, Microsoft Clarity, WordPress Multisite

WordPress Developer

2020 - 2021
YouTurn, Inc
  • Developed an out of the box WordPress system with LearnDash. This project required as little custom code as possible, which has been challenging to reconcile with its unique requirements.
  • Debugged unique edge cases with LearnDash, Uncanny Owl, and Uncanny groups, including login and register redirection via a referrer.
  • Implemented multi-site usage via a broadcast plugin, which is used to clone the central learning platform and customize it for access and branding purposes.
Technologies: WordPress, LearnDash, MemberPress, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Broadcasting, HTML5, PHP, SQL, MySQL, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), WordPress Plugins, WP Engine, WordPress Multisite, User Experience (UX)

WordPress Developer

2019 - 2020
iSpot Interactive
  • Developed custom WordPress plugins and themes for an enterprise multisite WordPress installation.
  • Implemented WordPress REST API customizations and Ajax-powered front-end development with a modular theme and plugin integrations.
  • Worked as part of a variable-sized enterprise team that is part of a larger enterprise structure. Several development teams were working on the production product in different geographic areas.
Technologies: WordPress API, CSS, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, HTML5, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, MySQL, WordPress Multisite, Web Development, User Experience (UX), Full-stack Development

Website Administrator

2014 - 2019
Vista Radio, Ltd.
  • Created and deployed more than 36 community websites as a source of local news, events, and contests.
  • Developed custom themes and plugins with core customizations to facilitate various radio station promotions and functionality.
  • Provided internal technical support and troubleshooting.
Technologies: CSS, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, JavaScript, CSS3, WordPress, PHP, SQL, Bitbucket, Adobe Photoshop, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), MySQL, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), WordPress Multisite, User Experience (UX), Full-stack Development

Front-end Developer

2016 - 2017
Noble, Inc.
  • Built the initial landing page and lead capture forms with an API integration to Twilio and Mailchimp.
  • Created a custom WordPress theme based on the designer's files in InVision.
  • Worked with a prior version of this project that involved similar technologies but focused on skipping the line at bars and pubs.
Technologies: CSS, Mailchimp, Twilio, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS3, HTML5, WordPress, PSD to WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, PSD to HTML

Campaign Manager

2010 - 2012
Love Clients, Inc.
  • Executed and managed numerous SEO and PPC campaigns for clients around the world.
  • Built internal project management tools to replace paid platforms like Basecamp to reduce costs.
  • Implemented various server-side and on-page optimizations on a variety of client websites.
Technologies: PHP, CSS, Joomla, HTML, Google AdWords, jQuery, CSS3, HTML5, WordPress, PSD to WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), PSD to HTML, WordPress Plugins, SEO Tools

Advanced Link Builder

2007 - 2008
Beanstalk SEO
  • Researched a variety of advanced link-building techniques.
  • Automated link scraping and page rank analysis for reporting and research.
  • Built manual links for many clients via forums, blogs, and other means.
Technologies: WordPress, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), HTML5, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Improve the News

https://www.improvethenews.org/
A news portal powered by machine learning which allows you to see news from different perspectives. This system is a React application on top of Next.js powered by a custom PHP, MySQL, and Python back-end.

Learn with Justice U

https://www.learnwithjusticeu.com/
A WordPress multi-site-based learning system used to bring awareness to the impacts of modern human trafficking. I was the WordPress specialist and worked with the marketing team, executive team, and project planner to optimize and improve the integration of LearnDash, MemberPress, Active Campaign, Google Analytics, and Microsoft Clarity.

Planning Poker

http://www.planningpoker.com
A React-based app with a Node.js API. This app is used as a Scrum planning software. I am a full-stack developer for this project and have been heavily involved in the product redesign. I liaise with the project manager and DevOps manager to fix bugs and implement new features.

Get Noble Landing Page and Lead Collection

I built the first version of the Get Noble website. This WordPress-powered site required a customized theme, a featured newsletter for lead capturing, and an integration with Twilio to allow for SMS notifications.

JDM-Roofing

https://www.jdm-roofing.ca/
A small business roofing company website powered by WordPress. Includes a gallery of services with an emphasis on search marketing for organic client acquisition. This project also included Google Maps listing management and some social media assistance.

Apartment Listing Application

This full-stack application uses a Laravel back end. The Laravel application uses Sanctum and API endpoints to provide a RESTful API for the front end. Addresses added via the API are processed with Google Cloud's Geocoding API to generate latitude and longitude.

The front-end application is a React application that uses React Router to facilitate navigation. A map is presented with pins for listings using Mapbox's free API.

User authentication is done via tokens and local storage, which Laravel Sanctum processes. Users can register as normal or realtor users. Realtors can add/edit their own listings.
MARCH 2019 - PRESENT

Master the Coding Interview: Data Structures + Algorithms

Udemy

OCTOBER 2018 - PRESENT

The Complete Web Developer

Udemy

OCTOBER 2018 - PRESENT

The Complete Junior to Senior Web Developer

Udemy

MARCH 2017 - PRESENT

JavaScript: Understanding the Weird Parts

Udemy

Libraries/APIs

WordPress API, jQuery, React, Node.js, React Redux, React Query, Google AdWords, PubNub, React Redux Form, Twilio API, Google Maps API, REST APIs, React Router, Mapbox GL, Google Geocoding API

Tools

Terminal, Git, GitHub, NPM, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Adobe Photoshop, Bitbucket, LearnDash, Google Analytics, Vim Text Editor, Trello, Jira, AWS CLI, NGINX, Mailchimp, Recurly, Webpack, PM2, Figma, Zoom, CircleCI, Gulp

Languages

CSS, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, SQL, CSS3, HTML5, TypeScript

Platforms

Visual Studio Code (VS Code), WordPress, Linux, Heroku, Docker, Amazon EC2, Twilio, Joomla, AWS Lambda, Amazon Web Services (AWS), WooCommerce, LAMP

Storage

MySQL, PostgreSQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MongoDB, Redis, PostgreSQL 10, WP Engine

Frameworks

Redux, Next.js, Material UI, Tailwind CSS, JSON Web Tokens (JWT), Express.js, Laravel, Bootstrap, Eloquent, MUI CSS

Paradigms

Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Agile, Testing

Other

WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, PSD to WordPress, PSD to HTML, Website Setup, SSH, Website Performance, APIs, Revamps, WordPress Multisite, Web Development, Full-stack, Full-stack Development, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), MemberPress, Data Structures, Algorithms, SEO Tools, User Experience (UX), Axios, ActiveCampaign, Web Analytics, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Web Security, CI/CD Pipelines, Broadcasting, Microsoft Clarity, Elementor, Google Analytics 4, Beaver Builder

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