Hand-coded,
speed-optimized
Wordpress development.

No site-builders. No unnecessary plug-ins.

Just the website you deserve.

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This site does make ample use of the Flexbox module, because I decided I was comfortable with 95% global browser support.

If you'd like a site that's more universally compatible, rest assured, I can easily build a site just like this without utilizing modern browser modules like Flexbox. But modules like Flexbox allows your site to be faster, more accurate, and more efficient.

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Why should you work with me?

Matthew is a rare talent. He is professional, accessible, prompt, and absolutely gifted at his craft. But he's also so much more. His every interaction and fulfillment went beyond money and beyond pride in his workmanship, he was fully committed to the success of the project and it came through in every aspect, including the final product. Many freelancers may submit proposals for a job, but you'll be fortunate if you choose to have him on your team.

Hi, I'm Matt

I've been developing websites for clients for nearly 5 years now. I specialize in eye-catching user interfaces paired with strong site performance and speed optimization. My skillset includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP. 90% of the work I do, however, is with Wordpress. I also spent 11 years as a bartender, wine steward, and server - so I like to think my other skillset is hospitality and customer service.

Something I see far too often in other Wordpress developers is a reliance on drag-and-drop editors and bulky, unneeded plugins. The result is a sluggish site bloated with unused case code that performs poorly with users and search engine algorithms. If a site scores below an 80/100 with Google Page Speed Insights, Google will actually down-rank your site in search results. Beyond that, Amazon released a study claiming a loss of $1.6 billion in sales for every extra second their pages took to load.

(Since I'm sure you're wondering - this site scores a 96/100 and 100/100 with Google Page Speed Insights on mobile and desktop respectively, has a first byte time of .293s and a speed index of 1017 - better than 97% of all sites on the Internet! It's also less than a tenth of the size of the average web page!)

So, while it's not the easy route, I build sites nose-to-tail. I employ the best and most modern tactics and practices to allow my sites to perform the best they can. Whatever you need customizable down the road, I will make it so. And then you can rest easy knowing the wrong click in that clunky page builder won't accidentally delete an entire section of your website.

(But if something does happen to get deleted on accident, don't worry, I backup all the sites I build to cloud storage daily 🙂 )

My Approach

I take the guess-work
out of the process.

Research

Through a process of content assembly, personalized questionnaires, and competition analysis, together we will develop the scope and vision of your project.

Design

The design step encompasses not only aesthetics but information architecture and delivery. We will put together both a formal site outline and a visual site prototype using Adobe XD.

Develop

I take all of the information we've put together through our research and design phases, and code it all in a way that utilizes the best modern practices for code efficiency and speed.

Optimize

Once you're satisfied with how your site has come together, I optimize it for speed using concatenation, minification, content delivery, and modern caching practices. I also check that the site meets accessibility standards, and add security measures for the safety of your data.

Other Benefits I Provide

  • Recurring cloud-based and localized site and database backups
  • Ongoing site maintenance
  • High-speed managed personalized hosting
  • Advanced security measures
  • Customized instructions on site usage
  • Site support prioritization

*I offer these services optionally at a negotiable rates. They are totally up to your discretion!

Quarantine Coping

Quarantine Coping

Web Development, Brand Design, Blog Development

Traveling Social

Traveling Social

Web Development, Wordpress, E-Commerce

Passenger Recovery

Passenger Recovery

Brand Identity, UI/UX, Web Design/Development

Entourage

Entourage

Web Development, Wordpress, E-Commerce

Savor the World

Savor the World

Web Development, Wordpress, Logo Design

Passenger Compass

Passenger Compass

UI/UX, Web-app Development, Mobile Development

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission

Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission

Web Development, Advanced Search Capabilities

Tangelo Health

Tangelo Health

Web Development, Landing Design, Ongoing Maintenance

RISE Advantage

RISE Advantage

Web Development, LearnDash LMS, MemberPress

Journy

Journy

Article Writing

Moore Multifamily

Moore Multifamily

Web Development, Wordpress, SEO

Dine Drink Detroit

Dine Drink Detroit

Web Design/Development, SEO, UI/UX, Blog Writing

Gent Detroit

Gent Detroit

Brand Design, UI/UX, Website Design, Logo Design, Graphic Design, SEO

Biostor Systems

Biostor Systems

Web Development, Wordpress

Cata Life

Cata Life

Brand Identity, UI/UX, Site Design, Logo Design, SEO, Blog Writing

Corktown Yard

Corktown Yard

Brand Identity, UI/UX, CMS, Web Design/Development

ONETrack International

ONETrack International

Brand Identity, Web Design/Development

Electric Six

Electric Six

Web Design/Development, Poster Design

The Burger Battle

The Burger Battle

Web Design/Development, CMS

Taco Showdown

Taco Showdown

Web Design/Development, CMS

Pizza Throwdown

Pizza Throwdown

Web Design/Development, CMS

Andrea Ramos

Andrea Ramos

Web Design/Development

Ran Touring

Ran Touring

Web Design/Development, Brand Identity

Meatball Classic

Meatball Classic

Web Design/Development, CMS

Captains of the Head

Captains of the Head

Site Design

JumpJam

JumpJam

Web Development, Wordpress

Journey of a Frontman

Journey of a Frontman

Brand Identity, Web Design/Development, CMS

Racehorses aRe Resources

Racehorses aRe Resources

Logo Design, Web Design/Development

More Happy Clients

"What a STAR! Great communicator… Thank you! I highly recommend to anyone. Will be working with him again!"

"It’s great working with Matt. He’s a fast and organized developer. He’s built me many WordPress sites from the ground up now and I plan on sending him as much as I can! He’s an excellent person to work with. Look no further, this is your guy if you need a WP/PHP developer."

"Matt was FANTASTIC! Very fast to complete the work, respond to emails, and the quality was amazing. I would look no further and hire him again in a heartbeat. Great customer service and I could tell he truly cared about my project and the end result. Thanks again Matt!"

"Matthew did an exceptional job. He was quick, precise, and gave extra recommendations to help with my business. I highly recommend him if you are looking for a proficient developer."

"Matt was incredibly professional, communicative and thorough in all aspects of this job. He worked with me every step of the way and speedy with his delivery time and responses. He created a beautiful website for me, took my requests and adjusted accordingly. Would highly recommend!"

"Matt was professional, communicative, and delivered a fantastic product within the agreed upon deadline. He has a thoughtful and calculated approach to creating websites, and communicated with me about my specific wants and needs for the project throughout every step. I would happily recommend him to anyone considering him for a project, and I look forward to working with him again on some blog writing in the near future!"

"Great and speedy communication. Knowledgeable and professional. Job well done."

"Matt was great. He set out a great plan from the beginning and executed it perfectly. He was extremely responsive and finished the site before I could provide him copy. He also sent me a tutorial on how to edit the site myself. I’d give him 10 stars if I could. Consider this my highest recommendation."

"Matthew was incredible. His communication with us, his work and explanations of what he is doing, everything he completed for us was absolutely fantastic. I would 100% recommend Matthew, and his rates are extremely reasonable too. Really pleasant to work with, work was always completed on time or even before, and he exceeded my expectations! 🙂 Absolutely fantastic work and great guy. We will definitely use Matthew again for any of our web developer needs and again, I highly recommend him!"