Résumé

Alan Bellows is a developer, designer, editor, and author with more real-world programming experience than you can shake a sneeze at.

Skills

General Web Development

20.7 years
  • LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) web app development
  • Front-end design and development (HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc)
  • Responsive Design for phones, tablets, and other devices
  • Geolocation search services
  • eCommerce
  • Third-party API integration
  • Automation tools (e.g., Naive Bayesian Classifier)
  • Hardening web apps against exploits
  • Optimizing sites for heavy traffic on mid-range servers

Podcast Audio Production

5.1 years
  • Podcast narration
  • Adding music, audio clips, and sound effects to vocal tracks
  • Creating atmospheric music for episodes
  • Sample track

Wordpress Development

12.2 years
  • Custom WordPress themes from scratch (e.g., this résumé is built on WordPress)
  • Plugins, widgets, shortcodes, etc.
  • Highly customized admin UI

Graphics Design

21.9 years
  • Web design
  • Logo design
  • Illustrations
  • Print media (media labels, product packaging, etc)
  • Skilled with Adobe Photoshop

User Interface Design

17.7 years
  • Best practices
  • Usability testing
  • Wireframing and prototyping
  • A/B testing
  • ADA compliance
  • Experience with software for children, teens, and adults
  • Mobile- and tablet-friendly web apps

Professional Writing & Copyediting

12.4 years
  • Managing editor and head writer for a website with over 300k readers per month
  • Edited a collaborative book which was published in 2009
  • Extensive experience with writing and copyediting long-form articles

Project/Personnel Management

19.8 years
  • Lead Web Developer at a non-profit educational research institute
  • Founder and managing editor for a high-traffic website
  • Organized a collaborative book (published by Workman)
  • Acted as a team supervisor for a tech support call center

Experience

DamnInteresting.com

Founder, Managing Editor, Designer
September 2005 - Present

Stotion

Web Developer
May 2016 - Present
  • Converting designs into interactive websites
  • WordPress themes, plugins, etc.
  • Webserver administration

Midwives College of Utah

Web developer/IT
July 2012 - Present
  • Sole developer and IT individual for distance-learning college
  • Maintenance and improvements of proprietary software
  • Integration with third party apps and services
  • General website development (PHP+CSS+jQuery)
  • Server administration/IT

Waterford Research Institute

Lead Web Developer
January 2012 - July 2012
  • Managed web developers in foreign office (Romania)
  • General website development (PHP+CSS+jQuery)
  • WordPress themes, plugins, widgets, and shortcodes
  • Usability improvements
  • Web server management

EKR (formerly Eli Kirk)

Web Developer
November 2010 - January 2012
  • Building custom WordPress themes based on provided designs
  • Tailor-made WordPress themes, plugins, widgets, and shortcodes
  • eCommerce

Freelance Developer

February 2002 - Present
  • Dozens of custom WordPress themes
  • Developed a geolocation-aware search engine for finding nearby businesses
  • Developed a Bayesian Classifier for automatically sorting messages based on their content (“spam” vs. “ham”)
  • Created website security tools to prevent many types of exploits

CodeNutrition.com

Lead Developer
December 2007 - March 2010
  • Developed a system to analyze DNA samples and assign nutritional supplements based on the results
  • Developed the customer-facing website
  • Created automated software to generate custom DNA reports, printed materials, shipping manifests, etc.

8one8

Lead Developer, Designer
January 2006 - November 2008
  • Designed and developed BounceBase, an experimental consolidated search engine (no longer maintained)
  • Developed an API called “MixedResults” for third parties to use Bouncebase’s consolidated data

SirsiDynix (formerly Dynix)

Java Developer, Graphics Designer
October 2000 - January 2007
  • Developed Perl, Java, and PHP-based library tools such as a catalog search
  • Designed custom themes for customers
  • Designed/developed children’s library search tools

Techserv Systems

Department Supervisor
January 1997 - May 2000
  • Supervised the Online Support Module (10 employees)
  • Developed a Perl/CGI email support system and knowledge base

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