In addition to helping companies expand their customer base online through a comprehensive combination of web and graphic design, social networking, and marketing, I also help individuals (non-businesses) with their own websites that range from wedding announcements, personal pages, online resumes, and online portfolios.
I first got started in website development in high school while attending Enterprise High School, a small 7th grade through 12th grade school in Enterprise, Utah, starting on August 18, 1997. I was a journalist and editor for my high school newspaper, The Paw Print, for two years up until I graduated from high school on May 23, 2003. I caught the website design and digital marketing bugs in high school, when I took my very first steps into web development with an HTML coding class that I stepped out of my comfort zone to take.
Over the last 17-plus years since beginning this web design and development journey, I have leveraged a wide range of modern technologies and platforms, including HTML5, PHP, WordPress/WooCommerce, Magento, and Shopify, to build hundreds of websites and web pages for both businesses and individuals. Throughout this period and continuing to this day, SEO / SEM have been a major focus.
Web-based content management, development and SEO platforms I use regularly and specialize in include WordPress, WooCommerce, Shopify, Magento, ahrefs, Klaviyo, SEMrush, Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Bing Analytics, Bing Webmaster Tools, Google Trends, Screaming Frog and Lucky Orange.
What has being a website / app developer and marketer taught me? I wish I could say patience, but I figure that will be a life lesson I learn during parenthood. But it has taught me how to rely on myself. This career made me realize that I could do and be anything. Learning new things was never beyond my reach. Being self-motivated was and is a lifestyle choice, not something that people only talk about on their resumes.
In short, I learned how to take the best things about myself and improve them tenfold, even if that meant stepping out of my comfort zone for a time — just like I did when I signed up for that HTML coding class in high school long ago.