Zackary Wika, WordPress Developer in Austin, TX, United States
Zackary Wika

WordPress Developer in Austin, TX, United States

Member since January 28, 2019
Zackary specializes in all things WordPress. His process includes a strong focus on accessibility, SEO, security, optimization, and user experience. He has built over 100+ WordPress websites using bespoke themes and plugins for clients large and small. Some of the clients he has worked with include IBM, Texas Tourism, Motel 6, Joe's Crab Shack, NICE, Mr. Cooper, and CyrusOne.
Zackary is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • LUNCH LADY
    WordPress, HTML, HTML5, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, React, REST...
  • High Bandwidth
    WordPress, HTML, HTML5, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, React, REST...
  • Slingshot
    WordPress, HTML, HTML5, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, Interactive UX...

Experience

Location

Austin, TX, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Slack, MAMP, CodeKit, VS Code, Tower, BrowserStack, WordPress, GitHub

The most amazing...

...custom theme I've developed increased the website's performance score from two to 92 and conversions by over 300%.

Employment

  • Lead Developer and Digital Strategist

    2010 - PRESENT
    LUNCH LADY
    • Supported WordPress assets over multiple iterations of growth for various companies as scale and integration requirements changed.
    • Audited, debugged, and optimized existing WordPress assets with goals of attaining higher rankings, better user experiences, and more.
    • Set requirements for web development teams in best practices concerning accessibility, SEO, security, optimization, and user experience; ultimately guided said teams in the implementation and maintenance of those best practices.
    Technologies: WordPress, HTML, HTML5, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, React, REST, Interactive UX, User Experience (UX), Digital Strategy, PSD to HTML, PSD to WordPress, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Design, WordPress UX, HTML to WordPress, Gutenberg Editor
  • Lead Developer and Digital Strategist

    2012 - 2021
    High Bandwidth
    • Supported growth within the agency through partnerships and structural development in pursuit of expansion and process standardization.
    • Maintained existing relationships and further developed the capabilities of our team towards a greater alignment of the needs of our clients.
    • Managed multiple environments requiring daily, weekly, and monthly initiatives to be accomplished and/or managed by myself and those who had those tasks delegated to them.
    Technologies: WordPress, HTML, HTML5, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, React, REST, Interactive UX, User Experience (UX), Digital Strategy, PSD to HTML, PSD to WordPress, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Design, WordPress UX, HTML to WordPress, Gutenberg Editor
  • Interaction Designer

    2012 - 2013
    Slingshot
    • Led initiatives for clients, in collaboration with the user experience lead, that helped increase engagement and brand perception.
    • Integrated interaction design into the development of various digital media assets that were required for successful launches.
    • Led in the design, development, and maintenance of various internal assets to be used across departments throughout the entire company.
    Technologies: WordPress, HTML, HTML5, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, Interactive UX, Digital Strategy, PSD to WordPress, PSD to HTML, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Design, WordPress UX, HTML to WordPress
  • Graphic Designer and Web Developer

    2011 - 2012
    TWU
    • Helped innovate various web resources for the primary site of the university.
    • Tracked and supported user issues involving the user portal.
    • Implemented mobile design and development for the user portal.
    Technologies: WordPress, HTML, HTML5, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, Interactive UX, User Experience (UX), PSD to HTML, PSD to WordPress, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Design, WordPress UX, HTML to WordPress

Experience

  • Auditing and Optimizing for a Data Center Company

    A WordPress installation with a custom theme had thousands of files needing to be audited and optimized. I was the lead developer and digital strategist on the initiative that required the mapping and redevelopment of their custom theme and plugins. Ultimately, we successfully reduced their file requirements by over 90% for a more manageable file-structure that also led to a higher ranking on Google.

  • Managed Integrations for Delivery App

    A WordPress installation for a delivery service app needed custom integrations to connect their existing website to various third-party platforms. Partner management, employee recruitment, and app integrations were just a few of the requirements needed to be integrated into their custom WordPress theme. I was the lead developer and digital strategist on the project that helped successfully connect these third-party platforms, which ultimately led to further growth and another round of investment.

  • Modernization for Technology Manufacturer

    A WordPress installation with years' worth of materials had an older branding needing a refresh for the modern web. I was the lead developer and digital strategist tasked with replacing the theme while still maintaining the structure and content of the site. By mapping the structure and requirements of the site, we were able to replace the current theme with a new custom theme in a development environment that we later successfully merged with the live environment. The new look and feel of the site maintained the website's material presence and ultimately led to an acquisition.

Skills

  • Languages

    HTML, HTML5, CSS, Sass, JavaScript
  • Platforms

    WordPress
  • Other

    PSD to WordPress, WordPress Themes, WordPress Plugins, PSD to HTML, WordPress Design, WordPress UX, HTML to WordPress, CodeKit, Entrepreneurship, User Experience (UX), Graphic Design, Interactive UX, Digital Strategy
  • Libraries/APIs

    jQuery, React
  • Tools

    Slack, MAMP, VS Code, Tower, BrowserStack, Gutenberg Editor, GitHub
  • Paradigms

    REST

Education

  • Master's Degree in Advertising and Marketing
    2017 - 2019
    University of Texas, Austin - Austin, Texas, USA
  • Bachelor's Degree in Communication Design
    2010 - 2014
    Texas Woman's University - Denton, Texas, USA

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