For now, the focus of the this portfolio website is on my work in communications building WordPress sites.

cropped-Nate-McCallister.jpgI am the financial director at a small nonprofit. So, my professional life touches many areas: market research, budget creation, price evaluation, staff scheduling, cost of labor research, communications, team building, and so on.

Being that it’s a small nonprofit, I wear many hats and that above list is practically endless. Here, however, I’ll highlight the aspects of my work that relate to communication and more specifically to communication related to WordPress.

WordPress Experience

I develop sites for my day job at SonShine Learning Center. I develop websites for other businesses and organizations on the side too. In addition to that, I did a short stint (six months or so) as a contracted developer for Statosphere Marketing Solutions. There, I learned a lot about developing as a team and increased my ability to complete tasks on rock-solid, I-need-it-yesterday deadlines.

But before all of that, I created a site or two using website building tools that don’t require any knowledge of HTML and CSS. Eager to learn more, I took a class in writing for the web as part of my bachelor’s degree program in technical communication and professional writing at Metropolitan State University.

In that class, I learned HTML and CSS. I also became familiar with web development conventions, accessibility issues, web writing, and responsive web design, among other things.

Since then, I’ve done a lot of learning through online tutorials, books, and training websites like Lynda.com and Treehouse. Now I know a little MySQL, PHP, and jQuery in addition to HTML and CSS.

Website Tools

I am interested in many aspects of web development. I mainly develop sites using the WordPress platform, though I do create sites without it.

I use, both, highly stylized WordPress templates with many features like those based on the Genesis framework and templates that are completely blank. I also develop sites from scratch occasionally using just HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, and jQuery.

Focus Areas

Whatever I use to build the site, the most important thing for me is making sure that whoever I build the site for is happy with the end result. I can’t say enough how important that is to me.

Another thing that informs my work is good usability. I’m not a usability or user experience expert, but I’m familiar enough with good development conventions to create simple websites that allow users to find what they need.

General Experience

Projects: Solo Projects, Collaborative Projects
Education: B.A. in Technical Communication and Professional Writing, Metropolitan State University
Work: Financial Director, SonShine Learning Center (10+ years)
Software and IT: QuickBooks (Online and Desktop), HTML, CSS, PHP, jQuerry, WordPress, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Google Apps for Business, Responsive Web Development
Other skills: Communicate skillfully; verbal, written, multimedia. Access and present profit and loss reports, balance sheets, cash flow projections and summaries. Work with accounts receivable to reduce or eliminate outstanding balances. Research markets, laws, statutes, and industry conventions.