Ryan Burney, Front-end Development Developer in Denver, CO, United States
Ryan Burney

Front-end Development Developer in Denver, CO, United States

Member since February 15, 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


  • Macroscope
    Figma, Adobe CC, App UX, Web UX, Web App UI
  • Modus Persona
    CSS, HTML, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, Vue, Figma, JavaScript
  • GoSpotCheck
    Git, jQuery, WordPress, HTML, CSS, 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.


  • UI/UX Designer

    2022 - PRESENT
    • Developed our beta web app in Figma using industry best practices and incorporating feedback from over six design partners.
    • Sourced talent for and project managed a large icon design project for 200+ AWS services icons.
    • Designed and developed HTML emails, assisted with logo design, and created custom Github banners, Google Workspace product icons, and Product Hunt gallery images for an upcoming product launch.
    Technologies: Figma, Adobe CC, App UX, Web UX, Web App UI
  • 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 the client's ability to sell products and services.
    Technologies: CSS, HTML, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, Vue, Figma, JavaScript
  • Lead Engineer

    2015 - 2019
    • Designed and coded updates for 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.
    • Created an integration with WordPress that displays current customer data on a password-protected web page using the Salesforce API.
    • Automated site deployments with DeployBot, WordPress Engine, and Slack to reduce the number of bugs 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 (GSAP), CSS, HTML, PHP
  • Co-founder

    2007 - 2014
    3 Roads Media
    • Designed the packaging and managed the print production for three private label food brands 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 in new visitors.
    • Coordinated a casting call and photoshoot at a private country club for a golf apparel company.
    • Built a social networking site on the ExpressionEngine platform that gave its users a score based on how "normally" they answered the given questions.
    Technologies: jQuery, CSS, HTML, PHP


  • Drink Recipe Finder Web App

    In my spare time, I enjoy working on Vue.js projects. My most recent project is a recipe discovery app for quickly and easily finding cocktails. It solves a problem that I repeatedly encountered at home: deciding what drinks I could make with the limited ingredients I had on hand.

    This app allows you to search by multiple ingredients, names, sources, tags, and more. You can save drinks to a list of favorites and keep track of when you last made them.

    This Vue.js app integrates with Algolia for blazing fast search, Firebase for data storage, and Firebase Hosting.

  • 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, Vue CLI, Adobe CC
  • Platforms

    WooCommerce, WordPress, Visual Studio Code, GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP), MacOS, Algolia, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Storage

    WP Engine, JSON, MySQL
  • Other

    HTML to WordPress, Email Coding, HTML Email, WordPress Themes, Front-end Development, WordPress Design, APIs, Ajax, WordPress Plugins, CodeKit, Code Deployment, Page Speed Optimization, Gravity Forms, HubSpot, Software Development, Firebase Hosting, Business, B2C Marketing, Product Development, App UX, Web UX, Web App UI
  • Frameworks

  • Libraries/APIs

    Vue, jQuery, Slack API, WordPress API, Vue 2, Salesforce API, Firebase Web SDK
  • 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


  • AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials
    Amazon Web Services

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