Russell Fair, Software Developer in Atlanta, GA, United States
Russell Fair

Software Developer in Atlanta, GA, United States

Member since August 3, 2016
Russell has 15+ years of web development experience, including 10 years with WordPress. He characterizes himself as a full-stack engineer, and he specializes in enterprise architecture and custom plugin development. Russell also teaches computer science and his strongest programming languages are PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, Java, and C++.
Russell is now available for hire




Atlanta, GA, United States



Preferred Environment

Sublime Text, PhpStorm, Vagrant, Linux, MacOS

The most amazing...

...thing I've worked on is creating STEM and other computer science programs in local schools.


  • Director of Technology

    2015 - 2016
    The Friends School of Atlanta
    • Created a STEM lab that included 3D printing, robotics programming, and STEM challenges.
    • Created a Scratch Computer Programming club.
    • Redesigned the school network infrastructure including WiFi access points, switches, and firewall.
    • Rebuilt the school website using WordPress, including SSO and classroom blogs.
    • Configured the Google Apps for Education as a replacement for the Windows Active Directory and File Sharing.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, C++, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, PHP
  • Senior Developer

    2014 - 2015
    University of Missouri
    • Migrated a large website (1 million+ post IDs) from an Expression Engine to WordPress.
    • Developed a custom WordPress plugin to create curated content via a MailChimp API.
    • Refactored a custom WordPress theme to support responsive design.
    • Created an automated deployment process using Capistrano and Git.
    Technologies: PHP, ExpressionEngine, WordPress
  • Lead Developer

    2013 - 2014
    Cheri Media Group
    • Created custom WordPress plugins to create a specialized music news website information architecture.
    • Developed a custom WordPress theme framework and child themes for popular music news websites.
    • Designed a high performance hosting infrastructure that routinely served 2 million+ page views per day.
    • Built a custom analytics plugin that tracked engagement and provided rich data about user behavior.
    • Developed a custom display advertising plugin that integrated with Google's DoubleClick for a Publishers API.
    Technologies: WordPress, JavaScript, PHP
  • Freelance Web Developer

    2007 - 2013
    • Developed multiple client websites using WordPress and Drupal.
    • Created custom WordPress plugins and themes for clients.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, JavaScript, PHP, WordPress


  • Donation "Sliders" Plugin for Direct Relief

    Direct Relief hired me to create a custom WordPress plugin aimed at increasing transparency and to increase donations. Once live, they saw an increase in donations over previous years and received tremendous feedback from users.

    The project was even featured in the New York Times:

  • Home Page Redux

    Undark magazine hired me to recode their home page, incorporating new responsive UI components and a more simplified querying structure for a curated content section.


  • Languages

    Sass, JavaScript, Less, CSS, HTML, PHP, Bash, CoffeeScript, Ruby, C, Python, C++
  • Libraries/APIs

    Backbone.js, Google Apps, Stripe, Braintree API
  • Tools

    Mailchimp, Git, Grunt, Vagrant, Google Analytics, Gulp.js, Varnish, PhpStorm, Sublime Text, Braintree SDK, Behat, Grunt.js
  • Platforms

    WordPress, WooCommerce, Rackspace, MacOS, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Raspbian
  • Other

    WordPress Plugins, Growth Hacking, Software Development, Google, Front-end Development, PayPal, Load Balancers, Content Delivery Networks (CDN), ExpressionEngine, BrainTree, TCP/IP, Ethical Hacking, IEEE 802.11
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Test-driven Development (TDD)
  • Storage

    MySQL, Memcached, MongoDB, AWS S3
  • Frameworks

    Bootstrap, AngularJS, Bootstrap 3+


  • Incomplete Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts
    2003 - 2004
    Webster University - Webster Groves, Missouri (USA)

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