Ryan Burney, WordPress Themes Developer in Denver, CO, United States
Ryan Burney

WordPress Themes Developer in Denver, CO, United States

Member since January 10, 2018
Ryan is a self-taught website programmer with over two decades of experience, specializing in CSS and custom WordPress development. He coded his first website in 1996, then spent eight years as co-founder of a small digital agency, where he worked on over 50 sites primarily on the WordPress platform. Ryan is an excellent and timely communicator who enjoys learning, problem-solving, and delivering a delightful user experience.
Ryan is now available for hire


  • Modus Persona
    CSS, HTML, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, Vue.js, Figma, JavaScript
  • GoSpotCheck
    Git, jQuery, WordPress, HTML, CSS, PHP
  • Faction Media
    WordPress, jQuery, GreenSock Animation Platform, CSS, HTML, PHP



Denver, CO, United States



Preferred Environment

CodeKit, GitHub, Visual Studio Code, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is a quotation-sharing application built on a highly customized WordPress instance.


  • Creative Technologist

    2019 - PRESENT
    Modus Persona
    • Provided digital and marketing support for our small team, primarily focused on updating client sites to WordPress and streamlining marketing operations.
    • Built and maintained an internal company dashboard that connects to various APIs to consolidate marketing reporting.
    • Helped develop a proprietary API for expanding client's ability to sell products and services.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, Vue.js, Figma, JavaScript
  • Lead Engineer

    2015 - 2019
    • Designed and coded updates to the primary, customer-facing website at GoSpotCheck.com and the internal, employee-facing websites, all of which are built on the WordPress platform.
    • Created an email builder form that allows marketing team members to generate and download HTML emails. This reduces delivery time and ensures each email has already undergone the necessary quality assurance.
    • Sketched, wireframed, prototyped, and designed mobile interfaces for a new image-recognition app.
    • Using the Salesforce API, created an integration with WordPress that displays current customer data on a password-protected web page.
    • Automated site deployments with DeployBot, WordPress Engine, and Slack to reduce the number of bugs that get released to production.
    Technologies: Git, jQuery, WordPress, HTML, CSS, PHP
  • Web Developer

    2013 - 2014
    Faction Media
    • Built a custom event calendar in JavaScript for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), and integrated it with the Sitefinity content management system.
    • Developed a responsive version of DCPA's website to ensure maximum usability for the organization's growing mobile-first population.
    • Created and managed Faction Media's customer-facing website at FactionMedia.com.
    • Constructed a custom, JavaScript-powered mobile web applet for Vail's Epic Pass which allowed users to compare and purchase season ski passes.
    Technologies: WordPress, jQuery, GreenSock Animation Platform, CSS, HTML, PHP
  • Co-founder

    2007 - 2014
    3 Roads Media
    • Designed the packaging and managed the print production for three private label food brands which were sold in Asian and South American markets.
    • Grew the business from zero revenue to six figures within five years and maintained year-over-year growth for five of the business' seven years of operation.
    • Hired and mentored two employees, one contractor and one intern.
    • Managed, designed, or coded over 50 websites that were primarily built on the WordPress platform.
    • Created the branding and built a new tourism website for the City of Blackhawk, Colorado to increase the city's brand awareness and drive new visitors.
    • Coordinated a casting call and photo shoot at a private country club for a golf apparel company.
    • Built a social networking site on the ExpressionEngine platform that gave each of its users a score based on how "normally" they answered given questions.
    Technologies: jQuery, CSS, HTML, PHP


  • Custom Website Design and Build

    A completely custom WordPress theme for our agency's updated website. I was the lead designer and sole developer on this project. Charged with creating a compelling visual design that complemented the copy to tell our agency's story.


  • Languages

    HTML, CSS, Sass, PHP, JavaScript, SQL
  • Tools

    PhpMyAdmin, VirtualBox, FileZilla, Adobe Photoshop, GitHub, Git, Figma, Google Analytics, Terminal, Sequel Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, Mailchimp
  • Platforms

    WooCommerce, WordPress, Visual Studio Code, GreenSock Animation Platform, MacOS
  • Storage

    WP Engine, JSON, MySQL
  • Other

    HTML to WordPress, Email Coding, HTML Email, WordPress Themes, Front-end Development, APIs, Ajax, WordPress Plugins, CodeKit, Code Deployment, HubSpot, Software Development, Page Speed Optimization
  • Frameworks

  • Libraries/APIs

    Vue.js, jQuery, Slack API, WordPress API, Vue.js 2, Salesforce API
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, BEM, Waterfall Development


  • Master's degree in Business Administration
    2004 - 2007
    University of Denver - Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Bachelor's degree in Business
    2000 - 2004
    University of Colorado - Boulder, Colorado, USA

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