Kristin Falkner, Developer in Kansas City, MO, United States
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Kristin Falkner

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WordPress Developer

Kansas City, MO, United States
Toptal Member Since
November 23, 2020

Kristin is a senior front-end web developer specializing in beautiful, custom WordPress websites. With over a decade of experience, she's assisted web development agencies, freelance designers, and small businesses bring their vision to life on both WordPress and Shopify. Kristin's attention to detail shines through when delivering the pixel-perfect development counterpart to any provided design files. She's worked on projects for NBC Universal, AT&T, TOMS Shoes, Urban Decay, and more.


PHP, Git, APIs, AI to WordPress, WordPress Plugins, PSD to WordPress, Zeplin...




Preferred Environment

Shopify, WordPress, Git, Sublime Text, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I’ve worked on was for a major US theme park, leading web builds for seasonal events seen by millions of users in the US and beyond.

Work Experience

WordPress Developer

2009 - PRESENT
  • Collaborated directly with agencies, companies, and individuals to execute custom design files in WordPress and Shopify, including projects for Fortune 500 companies.
  • Handled API integration of various third-parties into WordPress websites, enabling clients to easily leverage third-party platforms of their choosing.
  • Adapted seamlessly to various agencies' processes on overflow work, both in my development approach (such as using an in-house starter theme) and flexibility to work with designs from nearly any design application.
  • Extended WordPress plugins by using hooks, giving clients the ability to leverage well-built plugins when appropriate to save thousands in development fees and drastically reduce development timelines.
  • Executed technical search engine optimization factors, ensuring clients lose zero SEO traction in a redesign and giving them a valuable tool to grow their search engine presence moving forward.
  • Optimized numerous WordPress websites through reducing plugin usage, significantly improving site assets, and performance optimization, leading clients to see up to a 90% reduction in site loading time.
  • Migrated WordPress websites to and from various environments, often single-handedly managing a smooth launch process of full website redesigns or new features.
  • Built incredibly intuitive WordPress admin areas for even the most complex front-end features, enabling even the least tech-savvy clients to manage their site with ease.
Technologies: PHP, Git, APIs, AI to WordPress, WordPress Plugins, PSD to WordPress, Zeplin, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Web Development, Flexbox, Sass, CSS3, CSS, HTML5, HTML, WordPress

Aira Power
Solo developed a fully custom WordPress project from provided Adobe Illustrator design files and animation direction. The project utilizes custom post types and taxonomies, advanced filtering, CSS3 and Canvas animations, and HTML5 video integration, to name a few. All content is easily controllable via the WordPress back end with an intuitive and simple administrative experience to control even its most complex elements.

Premium Plugins
Built a custom WordPress website based on provided Adobe Photoshop design files. The project includes CSS animations, advanced filtering of custom post types by various taxonomies and other criteria, and an easy-to-use WordPress admin area to power it all.

Garney Construction
Developed a completely custom WordPress theme for Garney Construction from provided PSD files. The project involves custom post types and taxonomies, advanced filtering, an extension of WordPress plugins, forms, custom Google Map integration, and internal API integration.

Warren Environmental
Warren Environmental was a fully custom WordPress theme built from the provided XD files. The project includes gated content, customized WordPress plugins, custom post types and taxonomies, advanced filtering, and Google Maps integration.


HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Sass, HTML5, CSS3


jQuery, Flexbox


Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Figma, Sketch, Git, Zeplin, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Sublime Text


WordPress, Shopify, WooCommerce, MacOS




PSD to WordPress, HTML to WordPress, FTP, SFTP, SSH, Gravity Forms, HTML5 Video, CSS3 Animation, Scroll Animations, Custom Post Types, Web Development, WordPress Plugins, AI to WordPress, APIs, WordPress Themes

2001 - 2005

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree in Marketing (Outstanding Marketing Graduate)

Missouri Western State University - St. Joseph, Missouri, USA