My WordPress experience is valuable both for the platform-specific skills I’ve developed and the broader lessons learned. Although writing and editing are a bigger part of my work than web consulting, they give me perspective on what’s possible when working with larger teams on digital projects.

Over the past year, I’ve learned enough ReactJS programming to create custom components for the new Gutenberg editor introduced with WordPress 5.0. My projects have also given me an in depth understanding of the WordPress APIs and core objects like $wpdb for custom database programming.



  • RSVPMaker, a WordPress plugin for event scheduling and registration. Since its first public release in 2010, RSVPMaker has evolved to take advantage of the Gutenberg block editor, asynchronous JavaScript techniques, and API integration with Mailchimp, PayPal, Stripe. Fans of the plugin like that I provide hooks for further customization by developers and designers.
  • The WordPress for Toastmasters project, a bundle of free open source software, plus a hosting service based on WordPress multisite (Toastmost.org), for chapters of Toastmasters International. Includes an RSVPMaker extension to manage signups for specific meeting roles, as well as a number of other utilities for tracking member progress through the public speaking and leadership educational program. Also: a theme to simplify compliance with Toastmasters branding rules.
  • Maintenance of client websites, including optimization for SEO and mobile access.