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WordPress, woodchips, and wet diapers. That pretty much sums me up!

I am a web developer focused on WordPress and Node applications. Currently I am a developer in Marketing at WP Engine where I manage our public facing websites and several apps designed to integrate marketing technology.

But I can’t stare at a computer screen all day. When I break from building web apps, I love to practice my wood turning and spend time with my wife and 1 year old son.

Resume

Ryan S. Hoover, Ph.D.

Current Position: Web Developer, Marketing, WP Engine

Keywords: WordPress, Open Source, PHP, User Experience, Solutions Development

Positions

WP Engine, Austin, TX

Marketing Developer May 2015 →

  • Senior Developer in the Marketing Department
  • Created innovative solutions to online marketing using the WP Engine platform
  • Managed a team of developers in a range of skill levels
  • Optimized the development and deployment of several web properties
  • Developed digital marketing materials, including web assets, landing pages, and email campaigns
  • Empowered the Marketing personnel to safely develop and manage their web assets independently
  • Collaborated with multiple departments to develop new products and resources for WP Engine customers

DC Sites, Austin, TX

Co-Founder April 2015 →

  • Boutique WordPress agency focused on non-profits and online marketers
  • Specialized in membership sites, learning management systems, and user empowerment
  • Coordinated up to six active projects at a time

Marketing Clique, Austin, TX

Director of Engineering March 2015 → May 2015

  • Lead developer at an advanced WordPress agency
  • Created simple solutions to complex content management, security, and SEO problems
  • Developed custom themes and plugins, server optimization, content migration, security, and SEO
  • Worked with clients to develop custom solutions to their challenges
  • Managed eight full-time and contract developers, maintaining modern web development processes

Senior Software Developer 2014 → March 2015

  • Generated solutions for challenging and unique client situations
  • Developed custom WordPress themes and plugins to match specific client needs
  • Migrated websites from multiple CMSs to WordPress
  • Managed servers on a variety of platforms

St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

Assistant Professor, Literature Writing & Rhetoric 2010 → 2014

  • Developed “home-grown” digital pedagogy systems using open source software
  • Taught courses in web design, technical writing, grant writing, new media theory, rhetorical theory
  • Collaborated with administrators on a vision for technologically innovative pedagogy on campus

Education

Ph.D. Technical Communication & Rhetoric, Texas Tech University, 2009

Dissertation: Network effects on rhetorical agency and the role of technology in user behavior.

M.A. English, Sam Houston State University 2005

B.S. Computing Science (Cum Laude), Sam Houston State University, 2003

Java, Visual Basic, C++

Technical Skills

Techniques

  • Web Design
  • Customer Relations
  • Project Management
  • Prototyping
  • Usability Testing
  • Focus Groups
  • User Interface Design

Technologies

  • HTML5 / SASS / JS
  • WordPress
  • PHP / MySQL / MariaDB
  • Continuous Integration
  • NodeJS
  • APIs / oAuth
  • REST / JSON / AJAX

Select Projects

WP Engine

Senior developer. I have managed the full web presence of WP Engine, including developing visual redesigns for several sites, numerous landing pages, security and speed enhancements, geo-specific content, and content management tools for editors.
https://wpengine.com

Velocitize

Senior Developer. I initially developed and have since maintained the Velocitize website. Velocitize is an online magazine dedicated to emerging digital marketing trends. The site is a Genesis-based site that leverages the WordPress REST API and Continuous Integration to deliver a nimble user experience to the reader.
https://velocitize.com

Select Writings

Torque Magazine Guest Blogger

“The Posthuman Grant Application.” Computers and Composition 29.2 (2012).

“The Impact of NSF and NIH Websites on Researcher Ethics.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 40.4 (2010)

References

Mary Ellen Dugan
Chief Marketing Officer
WP Engine
917.520.1496
Pat Ramsey
Director, Ongoing Client Relations
Crowd Favorite
512.736.6227
Chad Shore
Technical Project Manager
WP Engine
605.377.3505
Nick Batik
Chief Technology Officer
Pleiades Services
512.494.5407

Websites

These are several of the websites I have worked on recently. I have been the lead or senior developer on all of them.

Projects

These are some of the open source plugins and projects that I have worked on.

Community

I have been deeply involved in the Austin WordPress community for several years.

Currently I am the Lead Organizer for WordCamp Austin 2017. On October 21-22 we will have 300-400 WordPress enthusiasts join us for a weekend of learning, collaboration, and fun.

I have been an organizer of the local WordPress Meetup group for several years, helping to coordinate both our Developer and Advanced User meetings.