Verified Expert in Engineering
A veteran web developer with WordPress and web accessibility expertise, Mike has accumulated years of industry experience, cultivating diverse skill sets with tools, technologies, and methodologies essential for crafting modern, performant, and secure websites. Mike is trusted with the full-stack management of various local government websites in Northern California (USA) and provides ongoing training and responsive support.
Windows, PhpStorm, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), SSH
The most amazing...
...project I've developed is the first paid online subscription-based Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu learning system that used a relational database for video delivery.
Michelle Kantrow DBA News is my Business
- Migrated the Adspeed ad server account to Adsanity, a WordPress ad server plugin. Configured placement, impression settings, and desktop and mobile visibility.
- Migrated a news blog microsite from Wix CMS to WordPress.
- Provided miscellaneous support, maintenance, and troubleshooting of various website issues, including an integrated ad server, Google Analytics, GTM, security, and hosting.
- Co-produced one of the 1st paid subscription-based martial arts learning programs with international reach using PHP and MySQL. The custom payment processor and the ActionScript-based media player were hosted on a leased dedicated server.
- Migrated the online learning program to Muvi's OTT video streaming platform using a custom theme based on Angular and Smarty. An improved video search functionality was developed using a home-brewed API powered by Manticore Search.
- Developed an SPA web app for client staff to check in guests at sponsored events. Designed and storyboarded in Miro, built with React, used Firebase Cloud Firestore for data storage, and connected to headless WordPress and WooCommerce API.
- Provided collateral media services using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, 3D Studio Max, and AutoCAD.
- Built a hybrid app for Andy Gump's wellness program, facilitating communication between participants and coaches, sharing news and nutritional advice, and sending push notifications. Used AngularJS, deployed on Google Play Store via a closed beta.
- Allied with dozens of local governments and special districts in Northern California as a webmaster, designing and maintaining websites, providing technical support and staff training, and auditing for regulatory compliance and ADA accessibility.
- Utilized early, emerging technologies, such as Macromedia Flash and ActionScript, CSS, and rich media, such as QuickTime video, to deliver cutting-edge web solutions for clients.
- Authored a user's guide for the MODX Evolution CMS.
- Worked in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, designing short forms, brochures, packaging, and creating corporate and product websites. Notable clients were Worldwide Cosmetics, American Int'l, Lee Pharmaceuticals, and Jessica.
Rauch Communication Consultants
- Communicated directly with the client and district staff on technical support, website administration, and editorial updates and training.
- Audited district websites for state and federal regulatory compliance, including Section 508 and WCAG 2.1 level AA minimum standards for accessibility. I generated reports aligned with the outline scope and identified violations and remediation.
- Was on alert and highly available to clients to ensure responsiveness on urgent matters, such as website issues and emergency postings.
- Created a boilerplate WordPress theme structure using Webpack and Composer that aligned with Rauch's business and coding standards to help minimize the time and expense of building new websites.
- Designed and coded custom plugins, such as a board agenda management tool and a document manager, to provide the district staff with a better, more robust editorial experience within WordPress.
- Authored and embedded custom maps with district boundary overlay using KML and the Google Maps API.
- Integrated custom weather and rainfall charts with CSV and JSON from balance hydrologic and NOAA, using their respective APIs with Chart.js for presentation.
- Provided ancillary SEO and keyword analysis to help make it easier for constituents to find important pages and postings on Google and other mainstream search engines.
- Assumed a role of high trust by managing all website and related infrastructure credentials, including website hosting, backup services, and domain management.
Senior WordPress Developer
United States Skateboard Education Association
- Assisted with migrating the organization's Articulate learning platform account assets to Learndash LMS.
- Converted interactive HTML canvas animations to YouTube instructional videos, facilitating multilingual captions and playback among various devices.
- Migrated existing membership-based eCommerce platform to WooCommerce.
- Engineered an architectural update to the member/subscriber flow and business logic via a Miro diagram.
Dioscuri Limited (Toptal Client)
- Assisted with developing a commercial dealer webpage to search by location using Google Maps API and Geocoding API for proximity search.
- Created a PHP script based on TCPDF/FPDI that aggregates product families, groups, and items into a dealer price list generated as a downloadable PDF.
- Assisted with creating and modifying various Silverstripe modules for back-end editorial work.
- Refactored a product's CSV import script based on Silverstripe's CsvBulkLoader, adding custom reporting via email, automated database backup, and recovery in the event of job failure, concurrency protection, and various optimizations.
Senior WordPress Developer
Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty (via Toptal)
- Assisted with implementing a custom search context that distributes search results to different post templates and created the "load more" functionality as a substitute for paginated search results.
- Assisted with implementing a theme-based currency converter.
- Helped produce an improved UI for a property search bar.
- Assisted and contributed to the research and development of radar systems for civil and air defense under the supervision of senior-level engineers.
- Gained hands-on experience working with radio-frequency components, antennas, and waveguides.
- Contributed to hardware and software design of microcontrollers, programmable logic arrays, and embedded systems.
Customer Service Web Portalhttps://cp.goletawater.com/
The online portal provides water customers the convenience of starting or stopping the service and updating their customer information and other common customer service requests.
Website Design with Google Maps Integrationhttps://jjmachadoassociation.com/
A custom back-end admin form automatically geocodes the latitude and longitude coordinates of new academies added to the organization via a custom plugin using the Google Maps Geocoding API.
Chief Engineers of Chicagoland Website
Section508/WCAG 2.1 Website Accessibility Audithttps://stpud.us/
Online Jiu-Jitsu Instructional Programhttps://jjm30.com/
I designed and developed the first version in late 2000 using PHP and a relational database to deliver instructional videos to paying subscribers.
The customized software includes a recurring billing system, a customer account management console, and an administrator console.
Canvas Art Merchant Website
I designed a full-width responsive website, converting a PSD mockup to a custom theme. I also incorporated Beaver Builder visual editor to facilitate an easy-to-use editing environment for the district staff.
WordPress Plugin for Board Agenda Management
The plugin provides a customizable repository for storing documents outside the WordPress media library.
Custom WordPress Theme and Website Relaunchhttps://cvwd.net/
I continue to provide ongoing support for questions, posting content, and timely issue resolution.
Real-time Water Testing Interactive Charts in Reacthttps://aewsd.org/water-quality/water-testing/
Shopify Custom Theme and Store Configurationhttps://shop.jeanjacquesmachado.com/
WordPress Plugin for PDF Document Management
The plugin enables documents to be stored in any public directory on the webserver, thus freeing the media library from clutter. Additionally, users can specify a custom permalink to the document, providing the capability of replacing the file without breaking the link to the existing record.
Adobe XD to WordPress Website Productionhttp://sausalitomarincitysanitarydistrict.com/
The client is the one managing the website after training, and I provide ongoing support as required.
Full Page Slider with Css Animationhttp://sausalitomarincitysanitarydistrict.com/customer-information/treatment-plant-upgrade/
Timeline for District 75th Anniversaryhttp://www.goletawater.com/75th/
The styling was adapted from the site theme with a smooth, fluid, and responsive presentation. The timeline was used for a keynote presentation and incorporated with social media announcements as part of a media outreach strategy.
Electoral Divisions Redistricting Map
Ninja Forms, NPM, Composer, Webpack, Apache, JSX, Git, Amazon EBS, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS IAM, WAI-ARIA, Virtualmin, Webmin, Gulp, Bitbucket, TCPDF, Google Analytics, LearnDash, WP-CLI, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), WiX, WP Fusion, Mailchimp, Gutenberg Editor, Trello
WordPress, MODx, WordPress Theme Design, Azure, Shopify, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon EC2, AWS Lambda, cPanel, Docker, Algolia, WooCommerce
JSON, MySQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), WP Engine, Cloud Firestore
Beaver Builder, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, Websites, Content Marketing Platforms, Compliance, WCAG 2, Section 508 Compliance, Gravity Forms, Accessibility, Web Accessibility, Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA), Wordfence Security, Elementor, XD to HTML, PSD to WordPress, AI to WordPress, Web Development, WordPress Multisite, WordPress Rescue, WordPress Multi-user, Sketch to WordPress, WordPress Management, WordPress Page Builder, Adobe XD to WordPress, Accessible Design, Accessibility Testing, WordPress Security, Piklist, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), APIs, DNS, Shopify Theme, Shopify Payments, Shopify Customizations, Timelines, CSS3 Animation, Google Earth KML, Maps, Google Maps Styling, AWS Cloud Architecture, Amazon RDS, SVG, Responsive UI, WP JSON, Ajax, Paid Memberships Pro (PMPro), Subscriptions, Membership Sites, Admin Panels, Google Data Studio, Smart Slider, Scroll Animations, WordPress Design, WordPress Optimization, WCAG, Single-page Applications (SPA), PDF, Google Tag Manager, AdSpeed, WordPress AdSanity, WooCommerce Subscriptions 2, eCommerce, Ads, Web Security, Videos, Miro, HubSpot, Avada, Google Search Console, SSH, Web UX, Website Optimization
Bootstrap, CodeIgniter, Smarty, ZURB Foundation, Slim, Angular, Eloquent, SilverStripe, MUI (Material UI)
REST, Responsive, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Responsive Web Design (RWD), Responsive Layout
Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering
ITT Technical Institute - Van Nuys, Orange County, California, US
Testing for Web Accessibility With Accessibility Insights
AWS Cloud Technical Essentials
Section 508/WCAG Trusted Tester Certification
Department of Homeland Security
Designing an Accessible User Experience
Dynamic Updates, AJAX, and Single-page Apps
Accessibility Fundamentals: Disabilities, Guidelines, and Laws
Responsive Design and Zoom