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Scott Fennell

Scott Fennell

Portland, ME, United States
Member since January 26, 2017
Scott is the author of hundreds of WordPress themes and plugins. He specializes in third-party API integrations such as Twitter, MailChimp, CloudFlare, WP-API, BitBucket, and Ecwid, just to name a few. He's also active as a technology writer, having been published on A List Apart and CSS-Tricks many times.
Scott is now available for hire
  • PHP, 8 years
  • WordPress Themes, 7 years
  • WordPress, 7 years
  • WordPress Plugins, 6 years
  • MailChimp API, 5 years
  • MailChimp, 5 years
  • WordPress API, 4 years
Portland, ME, United States
Preferred Environment
Sublime Text, GitHub, WP Engine, MBP, WordPress
The most amazing...
...WordPress plugin I've built is a deployment tool to allow admins to store, install, and update WordPress themes and plugins from BitBucket repos.
  • Web Application Developer
    2013 - PRESENT
    Alaska Sports Hall of Fame
    • Wrote a WordPress plugin to support a contest wherein children log their exercise and diet activity over the course of several weeks, in order to qualify for prizes.
    • Developed a CSV import/export module for context administrators to handle contest data.
    • Provided a custom-built calendar UI for users to navigate through the contest.
    • Provided custom UI's for common WordPress actions like registering, logging in/out, updating profile data, and posting data.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, CSS, MailChimp, Mandrill
  • WordPress Engineer
    2013 - PRESENT
    Friends of the CNFAIC
    • Wrote a WordPress plugin to allow members of the public to submit avalanche observations to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.
    • Provided a Google Maps API integration so the members of the public could easily pinpoint their avalanche observations.
    • Provided a jQuery/jQueryUI integration for a rich web experience when submitting and browsing data, such as a datetime picker, sortable tables, AJAX file uploads, autocomplete search, and tabbed panels.
    • Employed anti-spam measures to keep submissions free of spam, but without requiring a captcha.
    • Employed an email delivery system to alert staff members of new public submissions.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, CSS, jQuery, jQueryUI, Google Maps
  • Developer / Lead Developer
    2011 - PRESENT
    • Wrote a WordPress plugin for Bitbucket to allow administrators to store, update, and install themes and plugins from private repositories.
    • Using the WordPress Customizer API, wrote a WordPress theme framework that powers hundreds of vastly different designs from a single theme folder.
    • Wrote a MailChimp plugin for WordPress to allow admins to browse subscriber and campaign data from their WordPress dashboard.
    • Wrote hundreds of responsive WordPress child themes for the largest law firms in the world.
    • Established a unit-testing procedure for agencies to use when deploying WordPress plugins.
    • Wrote a CloudFlare plugin for WordPress to allow site administrators to quickly empty their CloudFlare cache, or enter development mode, from a single AJAX-y click in the WordPress admin toolbar.
    • Wrote an Intercom plugin for WordPress to allow agencies to easily monitor admin actions such as abandoned drafts, repetitive actions, and other scenarios that merit client outreach.
    • Wrote a Twitter plugin for WordPress to provide a "latest tweets" widget with a variety of customizations.
    • Incorporated deep knowledge of the WP Engine platform, in order to provide value-adds like a live/staging link in the WordPress admin bar.
    • Wrote a WordPress plugin for Bitbucket to allow administrators to store, update, and install themes and plugins from private repositories.
    • Mentored two junior developers.
    • Wrote a WordPress plugin to listen for submissions to Contact Form 7, and in turn create a new contact/task in the account for clients.
    Technologies: WordPress, PHP, jQuery, CSS
  • MailChimp/WordPress Developer
    2017 - 2017
    J. Zachary Pike
    • Wrote a WordPress plugin to integrate with the MailChimp account of noted science fiction author, J. Zachary Pike.
    • Provided a settings page in the WordPress dashboard for specifying account parameters like API key and list ID.
    • Provided a campaign landing page filter, for automatically adding or removing subscribers to various MailChimp interests, depending on plugin configuration.
    Technologies: WordPress, MailChimp, API, JSON, REST, PHP
  • Languages
    PHP, CSS, HTML, PHP 5, PHP 7, HTML5, CSS4, HTML/CSS, SQL, JavaScript, JavaScript 6, Core PHP, Sass, SCSS
  • Libraries/APIs
    jQuery UI, MailChimp API, Intercom API, jQuery CDN, jQuery Plugins, jQuery Validation, jQuery DataTables, WordPress API, jQuery, Twitter API, jQuery Mobile, HTML5 APIs, Google Maps, Google Maps API, jQuery Easing
  • Tools
    MailChimp, phpMyAdmin, CloudFlare, Git, GitHub, GitLab, Git flow, Bitbucket, Terminal, Gimp, Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CC, Photoshop 2014, Photoshop CS3, Adobe Photoshop, Typekit, Timepicker, Adobe, Postman, Cyberduck, Sublime Text 3, Sublime Text, Sublime Text 2, MAMP, Cron, Sketch, Divi Builder 3
  • Paradigms
    Testing, Test-driven Development (TDD), Object-oriented Programming (OOP), On-page SEO, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Class-based OOP, Web Design, Agile, Agile Software Development, SMACSS
  • Platforms
    WordPress, Web
  • Other
    APIs, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, PSD to WordPress, PSD to HTML, PSD to Mailchimp, Intercom, HTML to WordPress, HTML UI, Plugins, Plugin Development, Atlassian Plugins, UI Plugins, Theme Development, Theme Customization, eCommerce Development, WordPress eCommerce, Apps, Web App Deployment, Blogs, Blogging, Blog Development, Blog Posting, Websites, Website CMS, Website Setup, Website Migration, Dynamic Websites, Debugging, FontAwesome, Icon Fonts, Web Programming, Forms, WPEngine, Autocomplete, Widgets, Taxonomy, eCommerce Platforms, Git GUI, Git Forks, Teaching, Training, Mentorship, Writing, UI Testing, FTP, SFTP, Search, Google Custom Search, Performance, Performance Analysis, Web Performance, AJAX, WPMU DEV, Sauce Labs, Education, WordPress Design, Blog Design, Web App Testing, Performance Optimization, Rich Internet Applications, Typefaces, @font-face, Icon Sets, Data, Layout, Layout Conversion, Macbook
  • Frameworks
    JavaScript Core, PHPUnit, Divi
  • Storage
    MySQL, MySQLi, Database Performance, SQL Performance, Web Forms
  • Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy
    2000 - 2004
    University of Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • MailChimp Expert
    JUNE 2016 - PRESENT
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