Darren Ladner

Darren Ladner

Web Developer/Designer
WordPress Evangelist

Personal Profile

I am a web developer and designer who loves working with WordPress. I have developed multiple custom WordPress plugins and custom WordPress themes. I currently have three WordPress plugins in the WordPress directory. I also have experience with Laravel and CodeIgniter. I have a broad knowledge of front-end and back-end skills and have an obsession with cross browser compatibility. I have worked on many websites and web applications that had to look good in all browsers, especially older IE versions. I have worked on websites and web applications using many different technologies such as PHP, ASP.NET using C# and Cold Fusion. I use the latest web technologies such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery. I have worked on many different projects dealing with consuming web services and displaying the results on web page templates. I have experience in small business website administration, providing SEO support and Google Analytics to push a company to the first page in Google and in the top 3. I also have experience with ASP.NET C#. Using Sitefinity, an ASP.NET CMS, I created a new college website by designing all of the front-end templates and developing multiple custom modules. I have worked with a number of different Content Mangaement Systems such as WordPress, Drupal, SilverStripe, Expression Engine, Joomla and Sitefinity.


DeVry University

Irving, TX 2007-2009

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems - October 2009
Summa Cum Laude -Received Best Senior Project Award Fall 2009

Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond, LA 1988-1992

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - May 1992

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA 1986-1988

Major: Business Administration

WordPress Work

WordPress Plugins in WordPress Directory

Link Google Calendar

URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/link-google-calendar/

Client Showcase

URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/client-showcase/

RUA Blog Subscriber Lite

URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/rua-blog-subscriber-lite/

Commerical WordPress Theme

Turbulence Bootstrap Theme

URL: https://hyperdrivedesigns.com/shop/

Commerical WordPress Plugins

RUA Blog Subscriber Pro with AddOns

URL: https://hyperdrivedesigns.com/shop/

Work Experience

Web Developer/Designer - Ivie & Associates

August 2015 - Present

Web Developer/Designer working on multiple different web front-end and back-end technologies. Resident WordPress expert specializing in custom WordPress plugins, custom WordPress Responsive Themes and WordPress Multi-sites. Created websites using the Laravel and CodeIgniter PHP framework. Consuming multiple API services such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, AWeber, Army Corp of Engineers and working on IBM Watson. Worked with Bootstrap and Foundation Responsive Frameworks.

Freelance Web Developer/Designer - Hyperdrive Designs

October 2009 - Present

Freelance Web Developer/Designer creating simple html websites, WordPress websites, WordPress custom plugins, web applications, SEO administration, Google Analytics administration, small business website administration, mobile web applications, iOS applications, logo design and simple web maintenance. Specializing in the custom WordPress Theme Development and custom WordPress Plugin Development.

Web Developer/Designer - Yellow 7

February 2015 - August 2015

Web Developer/Designer working on multiple different technologies from Responsive Design websites, custom WordPress themes, Responsive Landing Pages, consuming web services to a custom PHP websites, updating old WordPress websites with custom code, re-coding custom WordPress plugins, creating HTML5 banner ads using CSS3 animation to custom PHP coding for custom Web Applications.

Web Developer/Designer - OpenRoad Lending

August 2013 - February 2015

Web Developer/Designer creating brand new website redesign using WordPress. Created multiple custom WordPress plugins for new website. Created custom theme for new WordPress website. Created Customer/Dealer login admin system on the back-end of WordPress using OOP PHP that attaches to a SQL Server database. This system is the front-end interface to the main SQL Server database that supplies customers and dealers with a system that allows them to login and follow their applications during the car refinance/buying process. This system does many things such as verifying customers using web service calls to credit agencies, allows the customers to upload new documents, view their documents, and watch the status of their application move through the process. Maintain their present Sitefinity CMS ASP.NET website, update content, fix errors and create new custom modules for the website.Worked on document creation system using CodeIgniter.

Web Developer/Designer at UT Southwestern Medical School

May 2012 - July 2013

Worked with a developer to redesign the school's library website using Cold Fusion and all of the latest web technologies to create a brand new responsive design website. Made updates to the customized Links system that the library website uses. Worked on custom web applications using back-end technologies such as ColdFusion and SQL Server databases; front-end web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, and Javascript to create responsive, cross browser compatible web applications where the user interface looks good in all browsers especially older versions of IE.

Web Developer/Designer at Gateway Church

November 2011 - May 2012

Worked with a team of designers and developers to create multiple Drupal websites. Created new custom Drupal modules and MySQL databases for Drupal websites. Created front-end website templates for Drupal websites. Made website changes, troubleshoot website issues and daily website maintenance. Maintained and updated all of the church's informational kiosk around the different locations.

Webmaster at North Central Texas College

October 2009 - November 2011

Overall daily update and maintenance of the main college website. Created forms/databases using PHP/MySQL, ASP.NET and SQL Server. Created, designed and developed the newly redesigned college website using Sitefinity ASP.NET CMS. Created, designed and developed all new templates for the CMS front-end. Created, designed and developed custom modules for new CMS back-end using ASP.NET C# and SQL Server databases.

ISD Applications Internship at Pier One Imports

July 2008 - October 2009

Assisted team with coding parts of applications, websites and reports. Created websites with backend databases. Wrote queries for applications and reports. Created a dynamic ASP.NET web application for the ISD Applications that assisted them when on call.

Key Skills & Technologies

  • WordPress Plugin Development
  • WordPress Theme Development
  • PHP
  • Laravel
  • Consuming Web Services
  • CodeIgniter
  • ASP.NET C#
  • ColdFusion
  • HTML 5
  • CSS 3
  • JavaScript, jQuery
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Bootstrap & Foundation Frameworks
  • Cross Browser Compatibility
  • GIT
  • SEO/ Google Analytics