About Steve

I’m a graduate of Bowling Green State University, currently residing in Columbus, OH with my wife Kim and our dog Shelby. During my junior year of college, I started a video internship at Sea Lion Studio, a local media production shop, that soon turned into a full-time job.

It was at Sea Lion that I first learned the powerful combination of PHP, MySQL, and standards-compliant XHTML and CSS markup. Updating a range of client sites (and building a few from the ground up) gave me the opportunity to hone my skills, try out new techniques, and learn from previous developers’ accomplishments and defeats.

In the summer of 2010, Kim and I moved from Bowling Green back to my hometown of Columbus, OH where I found work as a developer at Fahlgren Mortine, a big-time marketing agency nestled in the heart of Easton Town Center. Under the guidance of Matt Jones, I learned responsible coding, how to use version control (and deploy applications through it), basic system administration, and (his favorite topic) why Rails is awesome-sauce.

At the end of 2012 I joined Buckeye Interactive as a senior developer. Buckeye Interactive is a big proponent of open-source software and we’re encouraged to give back what we can to the community. With this support, I’ve released a couple WordPress plugins, a Laravel application, and started speaking at conferences and meet-ups. In June of 2013 I even got to attend the National Day of Civic Hacking at the White House, where I released the We The People WordPress plugin.

These days, I’m a Lead Web Engineer  at 10up, one of the top design and development consultancies in the world. Not only am I working on some major publishers’ sites, but I get to spend every day working with a distributed team made up of some of the biggest names in WordPress.

In my free time (when I’m not reading web development blogs, absorbing technical manuals, or mapping out database table relations), I enjoy photography, playing guitar, watching TV, and tinkering with tech projects.

I occasionally blog about technology, usually focused on particular techniques, workflows, software, or the general programming lifestyle. Also, coffee (because you – or at least I – can never have enough coffee).

About this site

This site is built on top of WordPress using a custom hand-coded theme and deployed by Capistrano. I’ve made all of the source for this site available on GitHub. If you like the theme, want to evaluate/critique my code, or if you’re just curious I encourage you to clone the repo and poke around.

Noteworthy plugins

There are a few plugins running on this site that I find myself using over and over again on projects, and I’d like to give credit where credit is due.

Advanced Custom Fields
This plugin by Elliot Condon has completely changed the way I use WordPress. ACF bridges the gap between default WordPress functionality and what some consider to be “proper” CMS functionality. The repeater add-on is highly useful, especially with carousels and media galleries.

WordPress SEO
Joost de Valk (Yoast)’s SEO plugin is so incredibly powerful that I’d almost be afraid to try anything else. Yoast is widely considered to be the authoritative source for WordPress SEM, and his plugin is a great reflection of his knowledge and experience.

WP Password Generator
(Shameless plug) Is this plugin really necessary on a one-author site? No, not really, but I’m still rather pleased with its reception among the WordPress community.