Richard Aber’s Résumé

I am an experienced WordPress developer, with over 9 years professional experience developing WordPress websites. I have been a developer on more than 120 WordPress projects, and have been the lead or sole developer on more than 30 WordPress projects. My skills also include 14 years IT experience, 19 years of general web development, and 19 years of graphic design/prepress experience.


Employment History

The Nerdery

Title: WordPress Developer
Location: Bloomington, MN
Duration: 10/2012 – Present
Job Duties:

  • Develop WordPress based websites for major brands and agencies
  • Develop custom WordPress themes from the ground up
  • Integrate HTML / CSS / JS from Front End Developers into custom WordPress themes
  • Supplement FED styling with my own where necessary to complete custom WordPress themes
  • Architect WordPress based solutions to client’s needs
  • Extensive WordPress backend development
  • Provide Estimates of Effort to Solutions Engineers and Account Executives for WordPress projects
  • Provide Scope of Work documents to Software Project Managers and Clients for WordPress projects
  • Provide test plans to Quality Assurance Engineers post development and pre production deployment for WordPress projects
  • Adhere to WordPress coding standards
  • Perform static analysis and manual analysis, provide documentation and assesments for WordPress code intakes
  • Perform security audits for WordPress based sites
  • Sanitize and document infected / compromised WordPress websites
  • Provide security roadmap planning and best practices to prevent WordPress intrusions and compromises

Echo Press (A Forum Communications Newspaper)

Title: Web Developer / IT Specialist
Location: Alexandria, MN
Duration: 04/2009 – 10/2012
Job Duties:

  • Webmaster for both the and websites
  • Create internet ads for clients utilizing Photoshop & Flash, for use on Forum Communications sites.
  • Create & monitor ad campaigns for clients utilizing AdJuggler, to deliver ads to the network of Forum Communications sites.
  • Create & manage email marketing campaigns for clients, using Photoshop & hand coding.
  • Create & maintain websites for clients utilizing PHP, CFML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript (jQuery), MySQL & MS SQL on LAMP stack servers & MS IIS servers. Implement WordPress and ExpressionEngine for Content Management. Provide support to clients as needed, act as liaison with their webhosts.
  • Analyze traffic for client websites using Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, & Bing Webmaster Tools on client websites to determine effectiveness of implemented search engine optimizations.
  • Create & manage special content & “niche” publications for
  • Analyze traffic, reader trending, & popular topics on utilizing Google Analytics & Quantcast metrics.
  • Maintain Echo Press social media presence on Facebook & Twitter, utilizing HootSuite, RSS feeds, & manual postings of content, poll questions, & conversation starters.
  • Perform IT duties such as XServe administration & maintenance, backup procedures, Active Directory user management, hardware & software installations, upgrades, maintenance, & troubleshooting on both Mac & Windows platforms. Systems administrator for Apple Macintosh systems. Enforce IT security practices & policies.
  • Provide support to online readers & subscribers to
  • Assist print Design staff with my prepress & postal expertise when requested.
  • Process lists, clean & format data with grep when requested.
  • Create & maintain Echo’s online discount gift certificate store, maintain inventory, process requests, run reports.
  • Act as liaison between Forum IT & Echo regarding IT matters, & between Forum Interactive & Echo regarding online matters.
  • Research technology challenges & suggest solutions to management.

Title: Web Developer / Designer
Location: Fargo, ND
Duration: 10/2008 – 01/2009
Job Duties:

  • Web development for and clientele.
  • Constant Contact email marketing development for and clientele.
  • HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript programming.
  • MySQL and FileMaker Database administration for web and in-house use.
  • XServe and Apache administration.
  • IT duties including administering users and groups, remote software installs, upgrades, and troubleshooting.

Knight Printing

Title: Web Developer / Prepress Technician / IT Backup / Graphic Designer
Location: Fargo, ND
Duration: 04/2004 – 10/2008
Job Duties:

  • PHP programming for extranet, intranet, and client fulfillment sites.
  • HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming for web development.
  • Perl programming for processing customer provided data.
  • AppleScript programming for automation and productivity of prepress department.
  • MySQL and FileMaker Database administration for web and in-house use.
  • Apache web server administrator.
  • Responsible for all prepress work and automation for the Premier Student Agenda Summer Project in which Knight Printing produces in excess of 2,000,000 spiral bound student planners for 5,500 to 6,000 schools throughout the U.S. during a three-month period.
  • Create and maintain the Knight Printing internet presence at including programming the logic that drives the dynamic content in the client-only area, maintain security, fix bugs, administrate users and groups, and interface to the Xinet WebNative environment.
  • Perform preflight and prepress duties

Knight Printing of Grand Forks / Century Creations Printing

Title: Graphics Department Head
Location: Grand Forks, ND
Duration: 09/2001 – 04/2004
Job Duties:

  • Organize, coordinate and schedule graphics department activities for a wide range of commercial print, design, and service bureau projects for this commercial printer.
  • Provide on-the-job training for graphics employees; evaluate and document individual performance.
  • Work closely with sales to assess and meet customer specifications.
  • Interface with upper management, lithography, press, and bindery departments to ensure efficient project turnarounds.
  • Assisted Knight Printing with successful merger of Century Creations Printing, Inc., via software recommendations, hardware installation, procedure implementation and setup of graphics department.

Echelon Technologies

Title: Webmaster
Location: Grand Forks, ND
Duration: 12/2001 – 01/2003
Job Duties:

  • Conceptualized and implemented website at the personal request of Echelon’s CEO.
  • Design work based on high-level meetings with Echelon management team to define the client’s needs and the look and feel of company’s flagship on internet.
  • Maintained site content; redesigned graphical content and iconography based on client requests.

Lakes Area Recreation

Title: Independent Contract Webmaster
Location: Alexandria, MN
Duration: 03/2001 – 09/2001
Job Duties:

  • Evaluated needs and wants of Director, division supervisors and organization in relation to website.
  • Designed site from storyboard to finish with clean, concise and easy to navigate pages.
  • Project completed ahead of schedule.
  • Created stylized representational graphics and iconography; scanned, retouched and optimized photographs.
  • Coded web pages and rollovers utilizing DreamWeaver and BBEdit.

Herald-Register Publishing Co.

Title: Lead Graphic Designer
Location: Grinnell, IA
Duration: 08/1999 – 09/2000
Job Duties:

  • Designed majority of single color, two color, and full color advertising and promotional materials for twice weekly newspaper and weekly tabloid publications.
  • Worked closely with sales and management teams to provide superior advertising design to local clientele.
  • Cataloged and maintained advertising archives, font libraries, and stock art libraries.
  • Managed and directed 3 ad designers.


Major: Web Design Program (Evening Classes)
School: North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS-Fargo)
Location: Fargo, ND Extension
Degree: None, Completed 1 year of 2-year program, Paid for by employer
Completion Date: 09/2004 – 05/2005
Courses: HTML, CSS, Java, Perl, MySQL, Flash

Major: Communication Art & Design
School: Alexandria Technical & Community College
Location: Alexandria, MN
Degree: Two-Year Degree
Completion Date: 09/1996 – 05/1998
Courses: HTML, PhotoShop, QuarkXPress, FreeHand, Ad Design, Layout Design, Package Design, Logo Design, Storyboarding, Typography, Illustration, Color Theory, Life Drawing, Traditional Painting, Airbrushing, Pen and Ink

School: Jefferson Senior High School
Location: Alexandria, MN
Degree: Diploma
Completion Date: 05/1995
Courses: General high school studies with emphasis on art

Licenses/Certificates/Additional Training

Mailpiece Quality Control (MQC) Specialist
United States Postal Service

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Overnight Website Challenge — March 2013

Team — ‘;DROP TABLE other_teams;
Non-profit — Phillips Neighborhood Clinic

Overnight Website Challenge — April 2014

Team — Raxacoricofallapatorius
Non-profit — Dispute Resolution Center

Professional Honors

  • MN Newspaper Association 2011-2012 Better Newspaper Contest — 1st Place — Website for weekly papers with > 5,000 subscribers
  • MN Newspaper Association 2010-2011 Better Newspaper Contest — 1st Place — Website for weekly papers with > 5,000 subscribers
  • MN Newspaper Association 2009-2010 Better Newspaper Contest — 1st Place — Website for weekly papers with > 5,000 subscribers
  • IA Newspaper Association 2000 Better Newspaper Contest — 1st Place — “Best of Class Advertising” for “Elect Byron Worley” Ad
  • IA Newspaper Association 2000 Better Newspaper Contest — 1st Place — “Best Ad Featuring Miscellaneous” for “Elect Byron Worley” Ad

Collegiate Honors

  • Achieved President’s List 4/6 trimesters during college career
  • Sno-Daze Design contest winner
  • Member student intranet team
  • Member Alex Tech Art Club (ATAC)
  • Organized and promoted ATAC fund-raiser
  • Maintained CAD Macintosh lab — installed software, performed upgrades at request of staff
  • Runner up “Bite by Byte” Café logo design contest
  • Student tutor for CAD

Additional Skills

For completeness, I have included skills revolving around print production and design. Though not often used, they do prove useful in both web development and IT capacities.

  • Training in all areas and aspects of graphic arts
  • Extensive experience with prepress production and graphic design
  • Adept with Creo Prinergy Trap Editor, Scitex Full Auto Frame trapping, and traditional PostScript trapping
  • Experienced with Creo Prinergy computer to plate, Scitex Dolev film output, and traditional paste-up
  • Accomplished with QuarkXPress, Adobe PageMaker, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, MacroMedia FreeHand, Adobe Streamline, Extensis Suitcase, MS Office and Open Office on both Macintosh and Windows platforms
  • Qualified with Creo Prinergy Workshop, Scitex PS/M RIP, Xerox DocuColor 12 with Splash G630 RIP, XES ColorGrafx X2 wide format plotter with PosterShop RIP, and Indigo E-Print Pro Digital Press with onboard Indigo RIP
  • Well-versed in AppleScript for automation and productivity
  • Proficient with photo color correction, repair and retouching
  • Skilled scanner operator