Kent Shelley, Software Developer in Auckland, New Zealand
Kent Shelley

Software Developer in Auckland, New Zealand

Member since July 1, 2016
Kent has been an independent specialist Drupal web developer since 2008, becoming highly competent in both front-end visuals and back-end coding. Kent has skills covering the entire web development cycle, including systems analysis, web design, and server configuration—making him a valuable member of any web development team. His language and communication skills are very well developed.
Kent is now available for hire




Auckland, New Zealand



Preferred Environment

Drupal, LAMP, MacOS, CSS

The most amazing...

...gadget I've made involved a religious charity selling letters, words, and paragraphs from a Hebrew version of the Torah as a fundraiser.


  • Web Developer

    2020 - PRESENT
    • Created and modified an app built in Elm that obtains data from a third-party auto API and displays it according to the user search on the website.
    • Integrated the Elm app with a Drupal back end to enable users to save vehicles in personal garages and to purchase products from the store.
    • Used Drupal migration scripts to obtain and update data from a third-party auto API as well as an eCommerce API to display on the website.
    Technologies: Drupal 8, Elm, JavaScript, REST, Migration, Databases, PHP, HTML
  • Independent Contractor

    2008 - PRESENT
    Passing Phase Web Development
    • Remotely developed websites for clients in Europe and North America using Drupal.
    • Built custom Drupal modules, including some modules that have contributed back to the community.
    • Developed custom theme templates and rendered designs provided from PSDs into highly visual and interactive websites.
    • Interfaced with third-party applications using REST and cURL.
    • Implemented eCommerce using Ubercart and Drupal Commerce. Implemented PayPal, Authorize.Net, DPS, and Realex payment gateways.
    • Implemented continuous integration through Travis CI and third-party deployment tools such as
    • Created responsive designs using breakpoints, media queries, and CSS compilers such as Sass and Less.
    • Optimized sites for search engines and social media by using meta tags including title, description, Open Graph, Twitter, and others.
    • Developed complex website searches using Apache Solr.
    • Managed projects through all stages, from analysis to development and deployment, refining the specifications with clients before code implementation and communicating directly with clients.
    Technologies: WordPress, MySQL, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Drupal, PHP, CSS, HTML
  • Drupal Developer

    2020 - 2021
    Tulane University, LA
    • Created new content types and pages to display new content.
    • Themed new pages using SASS and following designs provided in Photoshop.
    • Used paragraphs and dynamic content systems to provide flexibility for CMS users creating the pages.
    Technologies: Drupal 7, Sass, Git, DevOps, PHP, HTML
  • Drupal Developer

    2020 - 2021
    New Zealand Alpine Club
    • Created a new website from scratch using Drupal 9, Drush, and Sass.
    • Used a layout builder to create a number of grid pages and themed them for all device widths.
    • Refined images to display optimally in retina screen devices.
    Technologies: Drupal 9, Drupal Layout Builder, PHP, CSS, HTML
  • Drupal Developer

    2020 - 2021
    • Created a new website from scratch in Drupal 8 from supplied designs.
    • Installed and configured a complex Solr search using facets and keyword input with Ajax response.
    • Developed a responsive image display using srcsets and picture elements.
    • Imported data from spreadsheets into Drupal nodes.
    • Implemented mobile and desktop designs and tested across all device widths.
    • Implemented accessibility to WCAG 2.1 compliance sitewide.
    Technologies: Solr, Drupal 8, PHP, CSS, HTML
  • Drupal Developer

    2019 - 2019
    Sparks Interactive
    • Worked as part of a team to migrate websites to Drupal 8.
    • Maintained Drupal 6 and 7 websites.
    • Created a complex Solr search.
    Technologies: Webpack, Travis CI, Solr, Drupal, PHP, CSS, HTML
  • Drupal Developer

    2018 - 2019
    • Created three websites with a team for an enterprise client.
    • Performed DevOps using Travis CI in a continuous integration tool.
    • Implemented REST calls using Drupal core and contributed modules.
    • Created custom modules in Drupal 8 to carry out specific requirements.
    • Maintained the code and practices according to Drupal standards and contributed back to the community.
    Technologies: Webpack, Travis CI, Solr, Drupal, PHP, CSS, HTML
  • Lead Developer

    2016 - 2018
    • Managed Docker pods inside a Kubernetes cluster for site deployment.
    • Developed several Solr search blocks with complex filters.
    • Created a dynamic content management system involving paragraphs and field collections to overcome Drupal theme template pitfalls and enable the client to create their own dynamic site layout.
    • Led a team of three back-end and four front-end developers to implement project requirements.
    Technologies: Kubernetes, Git, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Drupal 7, PHP, CSS, HTML
  • Lead Web Developer

    2013 - 2016
    • Created an install profile for Member Association sites using a type of third-party software, Association Anywhere (AA).
    • Maintained multiple AA website installs.
    • Built and maintained suite of custom modules.
    • Worked on front-end styling, full-width images, and responsive design.
    • Oversaw junior and front-end developers.
    • Advised business owners on the best approach.
    Technologies: HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Drupal 7, PHP, HTML
  • Drupal Developer

    2014 - 2015
    BLUNT Umbrellas NZ
    • Built an eCommerce site for Blunt ( using layer sliders, background videos, image sliders, and embedded views.
    • Created an initial build of a peer-to-peer lending platform LendMe ( using Drupal Forms API and jQuery.
    • Performed maintenance on multiple client websites.
    Technologies: HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Drupal 7, PHP, HTML
  • Senior Web Developer

    2013 - 2014
    • Participated in a build of Assessment Resource Banks' (ARBS) website (
    • Worked in a team of eight developers.
    • Used Git feature branches.
    • Attended regular standups as part of the Agile development process.
    • Consulted with other team members about the best approach.
    Technologies: Git, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Drupal 7, PHP, HTML


  • Economy Watch

    In 2008, I transferred the site from HTML to Drupal. This required scraping the HTML files section by section, extracting out necessary field data, stripping unwanted tags and inserting into Drupal nodes. I also processed a complex taxonomy system driven by URLs and other data and created a theme template from a supplied theme.

    In 2015, I rebuilt the Drupal 6 website with a new responsive theme operating on mobile, tablet, and desktop varieties, using a design supplied by Rareview that uses Modernizr for image resizing.

  • Blunt Umbrellas

    This was developed in conjunction with Communica. The site is made of pages which consist of a combination of layer sliders, galleries, background images, and a background video.

    The site is a fully responsive graphical site with images stretching full width on all devices. The pages were created enabling the client to add any of the above components to the site by themselves via the back-end.

    The site has been spun off into multiple subsites corresponding with different countries using different languages.

  • Chorus Consumer Website

    A Drupal 8 website that was built from the ground up. The features include a front-end component system and a Solr search.

  • Chorus Service Provider Website

    This website was built in Drupal 8 and from the ground up. There are many features including a fancy login, conditional user registration, campaign monitor integration, access control, and a Solr search.

  • Assessment Resource Banks

    The Assessment Resource Banks consist of resources (mostly quizzes) for primary age school children, that are used formally by teachers in the NZ Education system, to assess their students. For the first time, these resources are being made available online in fully interactive form so that students can do the quizzes on their iPads and teachers can assess them online. Student results can then be easily accessed, displayed, and printed out and the results can be compared from year to year as the student progresses.

    Features of the website include a fully responsive theme, a number of search options, available from the home page and use of isotope masonry tiles for display of information. A module created for this site was contributed back to Drupal. This module, called Tag-it using a third party jQuery plugin, creates a "chosen" style functionality for text fields.

    There is no link for this website since the content is not available outside New Zealand.

  • American Society of Consultant Pharmicists

    A project that was done in conjunction with eSuiteTools. This client wished to organize ongoing conferences. Each conference has its own URL prefix, such as "annual2013" and "fall2013".

    Each conference is controlled by a single content type making it easy to set up a conference. When browsing a conference, session variables hold information about the current conference so that all information displayed relates only to that conference. The result is a dynamic-and-lightweight means of managing multiple ongoing conferences.

  • League

    A Community College Association Website. This was built in conjunction with eSuiteTools. The site interfaces with a third-party member management system, providing the web front-end at which customers and visitors can interact.

    Features of this site include the following:
    • An install profile to create a standard association website from which customizations can be made dependent on the client.
    • A full-width image slider on the home page that is responsive and loads smaller images for smaller devices.
    • An Apache Solr search.
    • A microsite system that enables a number of subpages for an event.

  • American Trial Lawyers Association

    This was built in conjunction with eSuiteTools. The site interfaces with a third-party member management system, providing the web front end at which customers and visitors can interact.

    Features of this site include:
    • An Apache Solr search including congruent exact and partial searches.

  • Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles

    A member-only website for the BOMA association information and events in Los Angeles.

  • Views Reference Contributed Module

    A Drupal 8 module that was built and developed in conjunction with the Drupal community.

  • Heart of the City

    Heart of the City is a marketing/business promotion website for the Auckland CBD. My task in the team of four developers in this Drupal 8 migration, was to create the Solr search which appears at the bottom of some pages. This search has multiple categories as well as several filters and has to remain contextual at all times.


  • Languages

    HTML5, HTML, CSS, PHP, CSS3, Less, SCSS, JavaScript, Elm, Sass
  • Frameworks

    Drupal Commerce, Bootstrap, Codeception
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, Drupal Modules, PayPal API, Google AdSense, jQuery Plugins, Authorize.Net, Social APIs
  • Tools

    Microsoft Word, Git, Google Analytics, Apache Solr, PhpStorm, Apache, Jira, Microsoft Excel, Solr, Varnish, Parallels Plesk Panel, Basecamp, Bitbucket, GitHub, VirtualBox, Grunt, Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, Ansible, Travis CI, Webpack
  • Platforms

    Drupal, Drupal 8, Drupal 6, Drupal 7, LAMP, Windows XP, WordPress, MacOS, Kubernetes, Pantheon, cPanel, Windows, Linux
  • Storage

    MySQL, Databases
  • Other

    eCommerce, Content Management Systems (CMS), Communication, Writing & Editing, Zen Cart, Software Development, Wamp, Audio, Ubercart, Image Manipulation, Ajax, Business Analysis, Third-party Libraries, Migration, Drupal 9, Drupal Layout Builder, Accessibility, Server Administration, Videos, Elm Architecture
  • Paradigms

    Responsive Development, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Agile, REST, DevOps
  • Industry Expertise

    Web Design


  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
    1993 - 1996
    Massey University - Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Certificate in Business Computing in Computer Engineering
    1991 - 1991
    HB Polytechnic - Auckland, New Zealand

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