How I got started with Wordpress

After 7 years of working as a board-certified music therapist, music educator and a singer-songwriter, I began a new career building WordPress websites while working on my first fully-produced album of original music.

There was a transition period between these 2 careers during which I hired local web developer, Carol White of Winter Street Design to build my music teaching website. I had played around with html in college, so when Carol generously gave me a copy of Contribute (html editing software) that would allow me to do the changes myself, I got inspired to build websites that people could update and maintain themselves.

So in 2008, when I wanted to build another website to showcase (and sell) my music online, I came across Mark Maxwell’s website. I looked at the source code and discovered it was built with WordPress. Having no idea what WordPress was, I went to WordPress.org and downloaded the software. Thus began my trip “down the rabbit hole” and my next career of developing WordPress websites as I followed my curiosity into the world of WordPress, themes and plugins.

Now 8 years later, after trying out many different themes and plugins, getting messy breaking and fixing things, I bring my WordPress knowledge and skills to authors, entrepreneurs, arts organizations, non-profits, mad scientists, musicians, artists, small businesses, healers and folks working for positive change. More of a developer than a designer, I can take your design concept and bring it into form using WordPress and CSS, then teach you how to maintain and update your site. If you need a design, I can point you in the right direction.

I also specialize in converting HTML websites to WordPress websites, which can easily be updated using the user-friendly WordPress content editor. My passion is creating websites that are easy to update for the website owner. Keeping that aim in mind, I am constantly seeking to employ themes and plugins that are coded with the customer experience in mind. I offer a free e-course that takes beginners through the basics of building a self-hosted WordPress website and I teach classes through Sierra College Community Education in Grass Valley, CA.

In addition to being a WordPress developer, coach, consultant and a singer-songwriter (check out my second album, Right Here Now from 2015), I also enjoy being a mother to 2 wonderful children ages 5 and 14, hiking, biking, dancing, roller skating and cooking.