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 custom develop WordPress themes and client-friendly WordPress Gutenberg blocks. 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. 

Experience

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 a variety of Chicago and national companies such as: HDMZ, Kohactive, Motion Agency, Lipman Hearne, MonogramGroup, Thirdwave, Nth Degree.

2021 - present
Sr. WordPress Developer
JLL

Lead front-end WordPress developer in the relaunch of JLLT.com. Developed bespoke WordPress theme that improved user experience, faster page loads and helped increase engagements and conversions.

2019-2020
Sr. WordPress Developer
Glantz Design

Lead developer in executing multiple custom themed WordPress sites and implementing hosting and DNS setup with WPEngine. Development focused on building fast loading, memorable front-end experiences with the intention of being Web accessible for all users.

Engineered custom modular WordPress Gutenberg blocks that allowed clients total control of their website’s front-end experience.

2018 - 2019
Sr. WordPress Developer
Chicago Sun-Times

Senior WordPress developer at the Chicago Sun-Times responsible for refactoring legacy front-end codebase for Sun-Times website that averaged over 
1 million visitors a day. Also tasked with creating net new custom templates and themes and engaging with journalists to improve back-end WordPress experiences.

2015 - 2018
WordPress Developer
Thirdwave LLC

Provided WordPress support in resolving front-end and back-end issues, updating plugins and engineering new 
themes and front-end experiences. Engaged management and dev team in support of best practices in front-end execution and WordPress security.

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.

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