Loren Timothy Rice, Developer in New York, NY, United States
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Loren Timothy Rice

Verified Expert  in Engineering

WordPress Plugins Developer

Location
New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 2, 2019

Loren is a full-stack web development leader with 20 years of experience, including a background in graphic design. They have extensive experience in WordPress, including custom themes, WP API, and custom plugins. Loren is fluent in PHP, vanilla JavaScript, React, jQuery, SQL, HTML, SASS/CSS, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Animate.

Portfolio

Amelia
Adobe CC, HubSpot, WordPress, React, PHP, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, Git, GitLab...
Candid
Amazon Web Services (AWS), eZ Publish, HTML, Sass, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript...
Shoplet.com
HTML, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, PHP, Adobe CC, SEO Tools, Technical Architecture...

Experience

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

Git, Jira, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Docker, Slack, Teams, GitLab, Cloudflare, WP Engine, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on was GrantSpace.org, a place for nonprofits to find training and resources to help them be successful.

Work Experience

Lead Web Developer

2019 - 2024
Amelia
  • Led the team that developed and maintained marketing web applications using WordPress, PHP, JavaScript, React, HTML, and SCSS/CSS.
  • Led the redesign and redevelopment of amelia.ai, employing agile methodologies to ensure efficient project management and delivery.
  • Implemented a hybrid stack utilizing WP API and React to enhance application performance and scalability.
  • Managed the migration from in-house hosting to a third-party solution, significantly improving efficiency and autonomy for the marketing department.
  • Introduced and integrated new DevOps tools and processes with GitLab to streamline development workflows.
  • Established a GDPR-compliant analytics framework using OneTrust and Google Tag Manager.
  • Integrated HubSpot for streamlined contact form management across various platforms.
  • Developed and maintained APIs to support the R&D team, optimizing content management for multiple products.
  • Developed shell scripts to automate repetitive tasks, enhancing the operational efficiency of the team.
  • Utilized Docker for local development, providing consistency across the team.
Technologies: Adobe CC, HubSpot, WordPress, React, PHP, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, Git, GitLab, Docker, Semrush, Typeform, Babel, Highcharts, Material UI, UIKit, FontAwesome, HTML, Webpack, Grunt, WordPress REST API, OneTrust, Google Tag Manager, GDPR, Accessibility, SEO Tools, Page Speed Optimization, Site Speed Optimization, WordPress Design, Technical Architecture, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI)

Lead Web Developer

2013 - 2019
Candid
  • Provided full-stack development, primarily in WordPress, using PHP, JavaScript/jQuery, HTML, and CSS.
  • Led a team of two back-end developers and provided training and mentoring to front-end developers looking to expand their knowledge of PHP and WordPress.
  • Developed a WordPress parent theme that is now integral to most of Candid's existing and all-new sites. Regularly contributed to the parent theme, keeping it up to date and enhancing performance.
  • Developed custom WordPress plugins to enhance the functionality of existing WordPress sites.
  • Led the maintenance and development of Foundation Landscapes–Candid's issue-based web portals focused on critical issues in philanthropy. Maintained two AWS servers with WordPress multi-site installs, currently hosting 33 sites in total.
  • Acted as technical lead on projects, working with diverse teams to develop detailed specifications, project deliverables, and timelines.
  • Collaborated with teams across the organization, including designers, front-end developers, data application developers, and program teams, to create innovative user interfaces and data visualization applications.
  • Presented Candid products and services to staff, board, and external stakeholders.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), eZ Publish, HTML, Sass, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, WordPress, Git, Jira, SEO Tools, Page Speed Optimization, Site Speed Optimization, WordPress Design, Technical Architecture, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI)

Lead Front-end Web Developer, Graphic Designer

2012 - 2013
Shoplet.com
  • Performed front-end development and general maintenance on all Shoplet sites, including shoplet.com, shopletpromos.com, and shopletselect.com.
  • Developed graphics and layouts for hero banners, e-flyers, social media mastheads, affiliate ads, and websites.
  • Worked with marketing and merchandising departments to assess needs and develop strategies for site enhancements. Designed creative content to promote products and services through online media outlets.
  • Looked for new ways to improve usability and user experience through HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and PHP.
  • Designed and developed user interfaces optimized for mobile platforms.
Technologies: HTML, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, PHP, Adobe CC, SEO Tools, Technical Architecture, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI)

Front-end Web Developer, Graphic Designer

2009 - 2012
Center for Information Management & Educational Services – Florida State University
  • Developed the front-end of websites, prototypes, and applications using HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, Flash, SQL, and ColdFusion. Created wireframes and mockups based on client specifications. Incorporated graphic design elements into all aspects of site functionality and content. Responsible for the design, organization, functionality, accessibility, navigation, and overall usability of web products.
  • Developed graphics and layouts for illustrations, logos, educational materials, websites, and web-based products. Selected appropriate media and styles in conjunction with clients’ requirements.
  • Worked with supervisors and other colleagues to discuss drafts of designs and layouts, make suggestions, receive feedback, and plan revisions. Worked with printers, programmers, instructional designers, and developers to complete products. Contributed ideas, artwork, and technical solutions to various projects.
  • Developed the following for all web-based training projects using ActionScript, XML, Flash, and Adobe Captivate: graphic design and animation to develop the user interface, learning management system specifications, and an interactive Flash wrapper to act as a learning management system.
Technologies: Flash, jQuery, JavaScript, Flash ActionScript, HTML, CSS, SQL, Adobe ColdFusion, Technical Architecture

Front-end Web Developer, Graphic Designer

2009 - 2009
Florida Department of Corrections
  • Created wireframes and mockups of web applications based on department specifications. Developed prototypes, websites, and applications using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Performed general maintenance on various in-house applications.
  • Developed graphics and layouts for illustrations, logos, posters, educational materials, websites, and web-based applications.
  • Ensured all websites and applications complied with web accessibility standards.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, Technical Architecture, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI)

Part-time OPS Graphic Designer

2008 - 2009
Center for Information Management & Educational Services – Florida State University
  • Developed graphics for in-house branding materials such as manual covers, forms, nameplates, and presentation materials. Created wireframes and mockups of client websites.
  • Developed prototypes of client websites using HTML, XML, CSS, and JavaScript.
Technologies: Flash, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, User Experience (UX)

Lead Web Designer, Department Supervisor

2006 - 2008
Homes.com
  • Customized website packages to client specifications. Used HTML and CSS coding, flash animation, and JavaScript to manipulate the basic Homes.com template and create a unique design for each client within the parameters of the specific package.
  • Worked directly with clients through weekly phone calls to discuss site design and package features, make suggestions, receive feedback, and plan revisions.
  • Handled escalated client calls.
  • Typically fulfilled 30-40 client packages per month.
Technologies: Flash, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI)

Front-End Web Developer & Graphic Designer

2006 - 2006
Netphiles, Inc.
  • Developed graphics for websites, illustrations, logos, and print materials (including business cards, bumper stickers, and brochures).
  • Developed the front-end of websites using HTML, CSS, Flash, and JavaScript. Provided clients with wireframes and mockups based on client specifications.
Technologies: Flash, CSS, HTML, User Experience (UX)

Web Developer

2004 - 2005
E. W. Bullock Associates
  • Developed websites using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and classic ASP. Used files provided by the graphic design department. Worked within aesthetic parameters established by the design department.
  • Designed banner ads and websites, created site animation, developed web applications using classic ASP, and performed search engine optimization and photo retouching.
Technologies: Classic ASP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, GoDaddy, User Experience (UX)

Intern

2004 - 2004
Sims Design Troupe
  • Provided design mockups for websites and applications. Developed graphics for illustrations, logos, and other branding materials.
  • Performed search engine keyword research and search engine optimization.
  • Photographed client inventory, and edited and retouched photos.
Technologies: CSS, HTML, GoDaddy, User Experience (UX)

GrantSpace

http://grantspace.org
Served as the tech lead and lead back-end developer to redesign and migrate the site from eZ Publish to WordPress.

Advancing Human Rights

http://humanrightsfunding.org
Acted as the designer, front-end developer, and back-end developer on a website featuring philanthropic data on human rights funding across the globe.

Investing in Native Communities

http://nativephilanthropy.candid.org
Acted as the back-end developer creating features resources on philanthropy in Native American communities and a first of its kind native history timeline.

Amelia.ai

http://amelia.ai
I led the redesign and redevelopment of amelia.ai, employing agile methodologies to ensure efficient project management and delivery. A hybrid stack utilizing WP API and React was implemented to enhance application performance and scalability.
2022 - 2024

Master's Certificate in Computer Science

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth - Dartmouth, MA

2010 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art

Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL

2002 - 2005

Associate's Degree in Art

University of West Florida - Pensacola, FL

Libraries/APIs

jQuery, Highcharts, WordPress REST API, Leaflet, React, Typeform, Node.js

Tools

Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Adobe CC, GitLab, Brackets, Adobe ColdFusion, Jira, Adobe Captivate, iMovie, Babel, Git, Grunt, Aptana, Flash, TeamCity, Apache, Webpack, Slack

Frameworks

UIKit, Material UI, Classic ASP

Languages

SQL, Flash ActionScript, JavaScript, Sass, CSS, HTML, PHP, ActionScript 3

Paradigms

DRY, Class-based OOP, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Procedural Programming, Agile, Design Patterns

Platforms

WordPress, MacOS, PC, Windows, HubSpot, Docker, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

Storage

WP Engine, MySQL, JSON

Other

WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, Google Tag Manager, SEO Tools, Website Redesign, Revamps, WordPress Design, Technical Architecture, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), InVision App, Ajax, Software Design, Cloudflare, Semrush, FontAwesome, OneTrust, GDPR, Accessibility, GoDaddy, Page Speed Optimization, Site Speed Optimization, eZ Publish, Algorithms, Teams

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