About Derek Seymour

Being a passionate developer at heart (who came by it honest), I’ve been programming since the age of nine and very early on decided this was what I wanted to do in life. Thinking of new ideas and solutions to problems and making them work on a software platform has always been my ideal environment. Over the past 18 years, I’ve been blessed by God to have been given many opportunities to see the results of software I’ve created change people’s day-to-day lives.

Noticing the trend towards web development in the early 2000’s, I researched and compared the programming languages being used by websites and web applications at that time and made a decision to switch to PHP and MySQL as my language and database of choice for software solutions. In 2008, I received PHP certification as a ZCE (Zend Certified Engineer). With the growing popularity of PHP across websites and web applications, including top-ranking Facebook, I’ve never looked back.

In recent years, I’ve focused in on WordPress web development working with several clients in niche markets such as healthcare, legal, aviation, and home interior design. WordPress, commonly mistaken for a blogging-only platform, is an amazing, full-featured Content Management System which is completely customizable for just about any web project. In 2011, I began offering custom WordPress development services full-time and I’m loving it.

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Recent Projects include:

  • Developing a web app integrating Twitter and Google Maps to generate a heatmap of tweets with specific keywords
  • Developing jQuery-based marketing web forms
  • Mobilizing a WordPress theme
  • Developing a back-end MVC framework for WordPress integrating account signup and E-Commerce API
  • Monitoring analytics and SEO of various websites
  • Migration of MS-SQL database-backed PHP website into WordPress/MySQL
  • Implementing Amazon EC2 and VPC to access Citrix on Google Chromebooks

Technologies I use frequently:

  • WordPress, XHTML/HTML5, CSS2/3, Javascript (jQuery, AJAX), PHP/MySQL

Platform experience:

  • Linux (RH, CentOS, Ubuntu), Windows (7, Server 2003/2008), Mac OS X (Snow Leopard, Lion), cloud-based services (Amazon EC2, S3, VPC, and Rackspace Cloud Servers)

Development platform of choice:

  • Komodo IDE via Windows 7 running on a MacBook Air

Related experience:

  • Networking (DNS, Routing, Firewall config), Domain management, Web hosting, Regular expressions, Graphic design and video (Adobe-products), Audio engineering

Other experience:

  • Windows administration (Active Directory, Group Policy, Exchange), Server hardware (Dell/HP, Blades, Rack-mounting, UPS), Virtualization (VMware, VirtualBox), Citrix, McKesson, Sage-software (MAS90/200, Abra)

What else I enjoy doing with my life:

  • Drumming, Volunteering at my local church and ministry to the Deaf culture, Spending time with my wife and family, Reading, Growing closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ