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Chris Wieber

Web Developer

Summary

Motivated and self-starting web developer with a focus on modern PHP practices and design.

  • Over 7 years experience developing websites and solving problems with WordPress
  • 5 years as a full-time, professional developer working with vanilla PHP, WordPress,  Zend, and Laravel
  • Passionate and self-taught in most of my day-to-day skills, and updating them constantly
  • Extensive experience with ground-up development of custom WordPress themes and plugins

Work experience

Nov 2019Present

Web Engineer

10up, Inc. - Remote

10up, Inc is one of the world's foremost WordPress-centric agencies serving such diverse clients as Microsoft, Google, T-Mobile, and FiveThirtyEight.

  • Helped plan and implement several total redesigns, striving to ensure timely delivery and client satisfaction
  • Served as technical lead for a number of different projects at various times in the development cycle
  • Assessed and developed clear functional requirements for new builds and redesigns
  • Successfully juggled multiple ongoing projects of a variety of types and clients
  • Assisted and coordinated a number of classic editor to Gutenberg transitions, including turning existing design components into custom blocks

Notable projects include:

  • Starbucks Stories - Ongoing retainer for a headless WordPress setup with a React.js front end
  • Washington University Libraries - New build incorporating a number of custom Gutenberg blocks and external API integrations
  • Breaking Media's Above The Law - Total redesign and retainer, technical lead
  • Hollywood Reporter - A complete back-end migration from Drupal to WordPress, which included implementing WPGraphQL and modifying their Symfony-based front-end application to consume the new GraphQL-based API

Oct 2018Nov 2019

WordPress Developer (Contract, Freelance)

2-Story Creative - Milwaukee, WI
  • Engaged in short-term projects and long-term support agreements with a variety of clients and small businesses in the Milwaukee area
  • Served as a technical consultant for the mostly design-based agency when developing pitches for web projects and responding to RFPs
  • Presented the technical portion of proposals and pitch meetings
  • Used a mix of custom functionality and off-the-shelf themes and plugins in innovative ways to efficiently meet customer business needs
Apr 2018Oct 2018

WordPress Backend Engineer

WebDevStudios - Remote

WebDevStudios is a WordPress-centric agency geared toward enterprise WordPress solutions. Major clients include Microsoft and Viacom.

  • Started a complete rewrite of the internal data migrations framework, applying principles of ETL architecture (Extract->Transform->Load). This allows the framework to start one-time or highly performant recurring migrations from an extremely wide variety of external data stores into WordPress
  • Assisted in the migration from the old deployment solution (Beanstalk, Deploybot, or sometimes nothing) to a single continuous integration platform (Buddy.works), and became the "go-to" guy on setup or troubleshooting of CI/CD pipelines
  • Gained extensive knowledge and experience building, deploying, and maintaining WordPress websites at the enterprise level
Jan 2017Apr 2018

Web Developer and Database Administrator

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design – Milwaukee, WI

MIAD is a small but focused art college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • Proposed, planned, and facilitated a major migration from Joomla! to WordPress, including all content and functionality of the old website and opening the door for many improvements in PCI, ADA compliance, and security
  • Implemented custom solutions for front-facing web applications, often in support of extremely complex business rules
  • Moved all web properties off of a cPanel based shared host to the Pantheon PaaS, enhancing backups, performance and delivery of web applications and content. This also greatly saved on hosting costs overall
  • Moved all codebases onto version control (via Git), greatly enhancing development and deployment strategies and allowing for increased ease of collaboration
  • Replaced old, insecure payment forms with an in-house Laravel-based student payment system powered by BrainTree, easing PCI compliance and entirely eliminating breaches and abuse
JanOct 2016

Jr. PHP Software Engineer

Powercode - Random Lake, WI

Powercode is the world's leading browser-based Network Operations Center (NOC) software suite for small to medium wireless ISPs. It combines SNMP network monitoring, equipment management, CRM, lead generation, customer billing, service call management, route planning, and many other features.

  • Worked closely with sales personnel to find and fix bugs reported by customers
  • Implemented a number of third-party integrations via RESTful APIs
  • Assisted in development of an agile development methodology closely modeled on Scrum, which allowed for better project development and quick iterations
  • Assisted in release notes and external communications of software bug fixes and improvements
  • Monitored UserVoice and our customer support forum to help identify issues and prioritize bug fixes and feature requests
20132015

Web Developer

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI

Worked part-time in the Student Union Marketing Department alongside front-end developers and graphics designers to deliver web applications and content in support of marketing campaigns.

  • Facilitated large-scale content migration of several web properties from a proprietary CMS to WordPress
  • Worked closely with marketing's designers to produce effective digital products in alignment with the designer's vision
20072011

13F1P - Fire Support Specialist, Airborne

United States Army

Assisted in planning, executing, and observing support by indirect fire assets (artillery, mortar, and close air support) in support of the infantry elements on the ground. 

  • Maintained complex Unix-based tactical database systems
  • Streamlined and improved indirect fire response and counterfire procedure, reducing response times by almost 90 seconds
  • Trained local and foreign police and armed forces in utilizing NATO and American indirect fire assets and procedures
  • Responsible for well over $100,000 worth of equipment and assets, incurring zero losses
  • Awards include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Badge

Education

20132017

Bachelor of Science, Information Science and Technology

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Finished degree with in information theory, systems analysis, information security, database design and administration while simultaneously working in the industry.