WordPress

WordPress is more than a powerful content management system, it’s an ecosystem. Third party developers and service providers are steadily cranking out themes and plugins. The fact that they work as well as they do is proof of WordPress’s solid software design and architecture. However, when it comes to an installation, WordPress’s simplicity belies its complexity. The fact that things are very easy to install, does not mean installations are trouble free.

What I Do

Management & Maintenance

I provide technicial management, diagnostics, defense, backup and monitoring for lots of WordPress sites. WordPress updates are issued several times a year – often for security reasons. Upgrading a simple site is very simple, but upgrading a site with lots of plugins and complex themes can expose compatibility issues.

Security

I research and test WordPress security plugins and general means to improve security. When asked to remove malware from a site, I can analyze it to see what it was doing. Most hacks are "SEO hacks", but others are probes, looking to break into the database or web host. Some hacks know how to hide from bots and users and are difficult (for the plugins) to detect. I also have a proprietary code scanning tool for finding malware.

Performance

There are many factors that can slow a WordPress site down and the cause is not always obvious. Is it the web host, the content, a memory-hogging plugin or something else? Whatever it is, I provide techncial analysis and performance optimizations for high-traffic sites that may be using third party ad services and CDNs.

Most professional WordPress take about 2.5 seconds to load. My current theme loads in about 1.5 seconds, and it doesn’t do it by eliminating all of the images. This is one benefit of a high-quality technical design. Another benefit is that fast sites index much better on Google.

Custom Themes & Plugins

I provide one-stop custom theme & plugin development, as well as third party theme modification & repair.

Conversions, Integrations & Migrations

I convert traditional sites to WordPress, as well as migrate sites from other content management systems or host-to-host. I also integrate backend and frontend systems and operations.