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

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WordPress Developer

Location
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.

Portfolio

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

Experience

Availability

Part-time

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
Freelance
  • Collaborated directly with agencies, companies, and individuals to execute custom design files in WordPress and Shopify, including projects for Fortune 500 companies.
  • Handled the API integration of various 3rd parties into WordPress websites, enabling clients to easily leverage 3rd-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, allowing clients 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 by 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 websites easily.
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, Figma, Tailwind CSS, Shopify

Suntup Editions

https://suntup.press/
Suntup was a custom eCommerce build that is a split WordPress and Shopify project, with WordPress powering the core site and Shopify powering the store. I was provided Adobe XD files to match in both platforms.

Horderly

https://horderly.com/
Horderly was a custom WordPress development project. I was provided designs from a partner designer to build out in WordPress. The design was built using the block editor, ensuring content changes can easily be made via the CMS.

FranShares

https://franshares.com/
FranShares was a custom WordPress build where I was provided Figma design files by the agency that fielded the design portion of the project. My role was to match those designs with a custom WordPress theme. The project is built utilizing the WordPress block editor, and content can be easily managed via the CMS.
2001 - 2005

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

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

Libraries/APIs

jQuery, Flexbox

Tools

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

Languages

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

Platforms

WordPress, Shopify, WooCommerce, MacOS

Storage

MySQL, JSON

Frameworks

Tailwind CSS

Other

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

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