A Brief Look Back on How I Got Into Website Development and Digital Marketing

I caught the website design and digital marketing bugs in high school, when I took my very first steps into web development with an HTML coding class that I stepped out of my comfort zone to take.

Over the last 18-plus years since beginning this web design and development journey, I have leveraged a wide range of modern technologies and platforms, including HTML5, PHP, WordPress/WooCommerce, Magento, and Shopify, to build dozens of websites and develop content for both businesses and individuals. Throughout this period and continuing to this day, SEO has been a major focus.

My coding specialties include HTML5, PHP, Javascript, CSS, jQuery, Liquid (Shopify), and I’m currently teaching myself the wonderful world of Python development. I’ve used a broad range of website building and designing tools including Shogun, Divi, Elementor, Figma, and Adobe XD.

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Web-based content management, development and SEO platforms I use regularly and specialize in include WordPress, WooCommerce, Shopify, Magento, ahrefs, Klaviyo, SEMrush, Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Bing Analytics, Bing Webmaster Tools, Google Trends, Screaming Frog and Lucky Orange.

More coding, CRM, and other software can be viewed on my web design, content development and SEO portfolio.

What has being a website / app developer and marketer taught me? I wish I could say patience, but I figure that will be a life lesson I learn during parenthood. But it has taught me how to rely on myself. I realized that I could do and be anything. Learning new things was never beyond my reach. Being self-motivated was and is a lifestyle choice, not something that people only talk about on their resumes.

In short, I learned how to take the best things about myself and improve them tenfold, even if that meant stepping out of my comfort zone for a time — just like I did when I signed up for that HTML coding class in high school long ago.