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hope-connellI’m a self-taught front-end developer who works primarily with WordPress and Shopify. I love operating as a member of a small creative team to deliver strategy, marketing, and web services to online entrepreneurs and small businesses. I am particularly interested in working with businesses that are socially and environmentally conscious.

I also enjoy working to create an encouraging community for women who are pursuing web development skills and careers. My background in English has given me skills to communicate about tech and web development through articles and also interpersonally to coworkers and clients, both in person and in an online environment.

Technical Skills and Expertise

Intermediate PHP (WordPress)
Basic PHP (Liquid)
Basic Javascript/jQuery
Responsive websites
Basic Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator

Thesis, Genesis, Canvas, Divi
Custom themes from Blankslate boilerplate
Custom themes from scratch
Custom post types and page templates
Woo-Commerce, OptimizePress, WishlistMember

Intermediate theme customization
Integration with Zapier, WishlistMember

Project Management


Splendidly Curious
Junior Developer
March 2015 to present

I work with a small creative team to provide services to retainer clients. Responsibilities vary greatly, but might include building the client a new website, adding sales pages and other content for new launches, updating and maintaining websites, tweaking sites and troubleshooting issues, updating content, making tech tutorials for clients, and working closely with the senior developer, the design team, and the customer service team to ensure all client needs are met.

Technologies used: WordPress, Shopify, Thesis framework, Divi theme, and more.

Purslane Web Development
Freelance Front-End Web Developer
January 2014 to December 2015

Purslane Web Development was my freelance business. I typically worked in a few long-term working partnerships with solo web designers to develop websites for their clients.

I was generally responsible for all web development tasks including creating custom WordPress themes from PSD or AI files, responsive layout and styling, migrating sites from local to live environments, adding and configuring plugins, adding site content, troubleshooting, and testing.

Platforms used: WordPress, Shopify, Genesis framework, WishlistMember, and more.


Southern Illinois University
Bachelor of Arts in English

Team Treehouse
Web Developer Track
WordPress Track
PHP Track