Terry Fadz

Portfolio Work

WordPress Developer & Front End Designer

My Story

A WordPress developer with a designer's eye.

I work as a WordPress developer living in Chicago. I create custom WordPress themes and Gutenberg ACF blocks with PHP, jQuery and SASS. I’ve been developing and designing all types of digital for over 10 years. I have experience working for B2B agencies, startups and large corporate companies.

I began my career as a Web designer but then eventually focused primarily on Web development. I became interested in WordPress mainly because my freelance clients were looking for easier ways to update their sites. WordPress was a natural fit. 


I’ve had many roles in digital and worn all sorts of hats in my career.
2009 - Present
Freelance Web developer and designer

Created UI development and design for companies such as: Envisionit, Nth Degree, HDMZ, Kohactive, Motion Agency.

Sr. WordPress Developer
Glantz Design

Lead front-end WordPress developer that was involved in developing multiple custom themed WordPress sites from initial build to deployment.

Created custom Gutenberg ACF blocks with PHP, jQuery and SASS.

2018 - 2019
Sr. WordPress Developer
Chicago Sun-Times

Senior WordPress developer at the Chicago Sun-Times where I worked with the digital director and marketing department to develop new features and sections on suntimes.com that averaged over a 1 million visitors a day.

Responsible for a number of tasks including maintaining the codebase in PHP and having it be WordPress VIP compliant, deploying Google Analytics features and Google Tag manager code and generating new SASS, PHP and jQuery code.

Also led the re-skinning of the Chicago Sun-Times high school sports website and adding Google AMP and Google Tag manager functionality. Proudest accomplishment was being the lead front end developer in the redesign of suntimes.com in March of 2018.

2015 - 2018
WordPress Developer
Thirdwave LLC

Lead Wordpress developer where I built custom Wordpress themes along with creating user-friendly back-end experiences. Front-end lead for the re-development of Chicago Archdiocese and Avison Young websites. Contributed regularly to front end design and wire framing.

2014 - 2015
Front End Designer & Developer
Point B Communications

Designed, developed and managed web digital projects for agency. Hand coded websites in MODX and WordPress. Managed all hosting and domain implementation. Collaborated with clients to build sitemaps, wireframes and UI design for all web media.

2013 - 2014
Front End Developer
Rewards Network

Developed HTML, CSS, Javascript and added UI design to Free Spirit Dining website, which improved search experience by 80% in usability testing. Wireframed, front-end designed and led UX enhancements for company comment management application. Coordinated user testing. Worked with Agile team to build stories and sprints. Used WordPress to code out new features, pages, and user forms for Reward Network’s business website.

2010 - 2013
Senior Web Designer, Developer
Harris D. Mckinney, Inc. (now HDMZ)

Lead UI designer, UX contributer and front end developer at B2B agency. Worked closely with digital team to strategize, design and build websites, landing pages, e-blasts and other creative. Lead developer and feature editor for WordPress build outs. Key member of the digital team that won the 2013 B2B Agency award for top 3 companies by B2B magazine.