Ryan Lavender, Developer in Marietta, GA, United States
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Ryan Lavender

Verified Expert  in Engineering

WordPress Developer

Marietta, GA, United States
Toptal Member Since
June 1, 2020

Ryan Lavender is a talented web developer who specializes in everything related to WordPress. Along with being skilled at creating well-built, responsive websites using custom themes and plugins, Ryan is also familiar with the WordPress REST API and the new Gutenberg block editor. Ryan is a hard worker and proficient in both front-end and back-end development.



Preferred Environment

LAMP, Git, Ubuntu, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I've built recently is a front-end user management interface for a WordPress website, allowing site members to edit their profiles outside of the admin.

Work Experience

Web Developer

2018 - PRESENT
Self-employed (Beauty and the Brain Web Design and Development)
  • Developed custom WordPress themes for clients to modernize their websites.
  • Created themes from design mockups using PHP, HTML, Sass, and JavaScript.
  • Implemented a Zurb Foundation framework and custom Sass to provide modern responsive designs.
  • Optimized themes and websites to run quickly and efficiently.
Technologies: ZURB Foundation, React, Sass, jQuery, JavaScript, WordPress REST API, MySQL, PHP, HTML, WordPress

Amberton HOA Website

I built a completely custom WordPress website with a members-only area, allowing homeowners to manage accounts on the site and access private pages without having to use the WordPress back end. A profile editor, a user directory, and an announcement blog were developed using the WP API and React. The custom theme also included specialized Gutenberg blocks specifically developed for the website.

Portfolio Website

I developed a SPA portfolio website for a graphic designer with Angular and Fullpage.js Angular component. A custom portfolio component was implemented to display portfolio pieces pulled from a WordPress installation via the WP REST API. I used Angular animations as well as the Angular Router to target specific portfolio pieces from the URL.

Trinity Church Website

I built a custom theme from PDF mockups provided by a graphic designer. Included a custom Gutenberg block and widget. Implemented a responsive design for site to work well across all screen sizes.


CSS, PHP, Sass, JavaScript, HTML


Foundation CSS, ZURB Foundation


WordPress, MacOS, Ubuntu, LAMP


WordPress Themes, PDF to HTML, PSD to WordPress, WordPress Plugins, Ubuntu Server


jQuery, React, WordPress REST API


Responsive, REST


Gutenberg Editor, Git



2011 - 2017

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering

California National University for Advanced Studies - Los Angeles, CA, United States