Sam Gates, Web Developer in Chicago, IL, United States
Sam Gates

Web Developer in Chicago, IL, United States

Member since June 3, 2020
Sam is a developer with five years of experience in web development and WordPress. He's worked on various projects—WordPress shops, websites, apps, and plugins—for multiple industries, including music festivals and sports gear, among others. Sam has the experience, knowledge, and decision-making skills to evaluate new tech and know when you don't need them and when you sometimes do. Sam takes pride in his projects and strives to build useful, maintainable, and accessible tools.
Sam is now available for hire




Chicago, IL, United States



Preferred Environment

Visual Studio Code, Linux Servers, Linux, MacOS

The most amazing...

...thing I've built is an interactive Zoltar-inspired fortune teller giving you a reason to go to Riot Fest—it garnered around 50,000 views in less than a week.


  • Web Developer

    2021 - 2022
    • Redesigned and implemented a video streaming platform for OnlyFans called
    • Integrated with Gravity Forms for user submissions.
    • Added custom features like a hero slider, infinite scroll, and a "dark mode."
    Technologies: PHP, WordPress, WordPress Design
  • Web Developer

    2017 - 2020
    • Built websites, plugins, and applications with a range of technologies including WordPress, Vue.js, Laravel, Flask, and React (for Gutenberg).
    • Handled DevOps tasks such as writing Git Hooks and other Python scripts and integrating projects with GitHub Actions for WordPress theme and plugin deployment.
    • Hired, onboarded, and oversaw developer interns who helped us to build websites and develop a Gutenberg plugin.
    Technologies: Flask, Python, Vue, Laravel, JavaScript, PHP, WordPress
  • Web Developer

    2016 - 2017
    Learner's Chess Academy
    • Automated coach's reports with Zoho, using their relational database system and custom scripting language to keep track of their, and students' progress at schools.
    • Automated the Learners' Scholarship application system, with Airtable on the back end and Zapier for automation.
    • Wrote a "Queen of Katwe Contest"-winning description of chess camps run by Learner's Chess Academy in El Salvador, with a $10,000 award, which further funded the initiative.
    Technologies: Airtable, Zapier, Zoho, PHP, WordPress


  • Riot Fest Fortune Teller

    I built a Zoltar-inspired fortune teller who gives you a reason to go to Riot Fest. It garnered around 50,000 views and some fun engagement on a subreddit, based on Easter eggs that we hid in the app, like hints about which bands would be playing.

    I took it from static HTML to its current state, which included deployment and server configuration.

  • Wells Lamont Snow

    I built a Vue.js single-page application with a headless WordPress back end for adding products, team members, and other data complete with custom fields. I used an Express.js server for handling third-party API calls to Vimeo and Instagram. I also took it from static HTML and JavaScript to its current state which included Git Hooks for deployment to staging and production environments, Express server configuration, and static page generation for SEO goodness.

  • Food in Neighborhoods Website

    I built this website for Food in Neighborhoods, half as a vehicle for a forum plugin that I needed an excuse to develop. It has a great look with really minimal design and code. A great example of what you can accomplish (on a small budget) with buy-in from the client.

  • C9 Blocks Plugin

    I developed a blocks plugin for creating page layouts with the new Gutenberg Editor, built on React. I built the first blocks for primary features and hired a developer intern to work on the plugin. I also documented and automated deployment to the WordPress repository with GitHub Actions.

  • WordPress Importer Plugin

    This WordPress plugin creates complex CSV imports. It can use the output from previous import steps as input for later steps (e.g., adding post meta, or connecting a new post to a new user).

    I’m particularly proud of the custom scripting language for string manipulation, complete with GUI, syntax highlighting, and so on.


  • Libraries/APIs

    WordPress API, Vue 2, Node.js, GSAP, D3.js, jQuery, Vue
  • Platforms

    WordPress, Linux, LAMP, Adobe Suite, MacOS, WooCommerce, Visual Studio Code
  • Other

    Writing & Editing, Front-end, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, Gravity Forms, GitOps, WordPress to PDF, Linux Servers, Zoho, Airtable, WordPress Design
  • Languages

    PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Python
  • Frameworks

    Flask, Laravel, Express.js
  • Tools

    Gutenberg Editor, CodeMirror, Webpack, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), Zapier, Sketch
  • Storage

    Relational Databases


  • Bachelor's Degree in Humanities
    2006 - 2010
    University of Louisville - Louisville, KY, United States

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