A WordPress Developer Committed to Performance-Optimized Themes

Composer website screenshot

This new version of the site is definitely WAY more mobile friendly. Love it!
Reg Unterseher

My latest WordPress project, which involved customizing a single Theme for 5 domains for 4 Northwest choral composers.

By collaborating on their marketing efforts – the group was able to affordably launch a series of custom, co-branded domains. The new, customized Gutenberg Block Editor enables each composer to create rich page layouts and integrate a unique color palette – while providing a consistent layout and user experience to visitors. In particular, each composer appreciated the power and flexibility of the Latest Posts Block, which was used to compile their respective choral catalogs alphabetically, as well as showcase featured compositions on their homepages.

Conductor-Composer website screenshot

Based on Automattic’s _Underscores Theme, page load speed ranks in the top 10% of sites – with high benchmark scores for accessibility, SEO, and other best practices.

Site Statistics

Google Lighthouse Insights
Accessibility: 98/100
Best Practices: 100/100
Mobile Speed: 87/100
Desktop Speed: 99/100
SEO: 100/100

WebPageTest Speed Index: 1.238 (median = ~3.519; top 10% = <1.388)

Total Server Requests:   26 (7 Scripts + 7 Images + 3 Fonts + 7 CSS + 1 HTML)
Total Page Size:                 334 Kb (In 2020, the average page size was ~2.4 Mb; the median size was ~2.1 Mb)
Page Load Speed:             ~1.2 seconds

Composer-Conductor website screenshot

Web Design + Development Team

Visual Design by David Owen Hastings
WordPress Theme Development by Scott Marlow

DentistLink – Powered by WordPress

DentistLink screenshot

A redesigned website for DentistLink, a free non-profit referral service connecting Washington residents to dental care. DentistLink is supported by Arcora Foundation, the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington.

Page load speed was improved thru a 64% reduction in overall page size, a 21% reduction in web server requests, and a new WPEngine hosting platform. The new Theme integrates the WordPress Gutenberg Block Editor for more advanced layout and styling options. A Google Translate feature makes the site more accessible to under-served populations.

Scope of Work

  • Mobile responsive theming
  • Performance optimization
  • Security hardening

Google Lighthouse benchmarks
Accessibility: 100/100
Best Practices: 73/100
Performance: 92/100
Search Engine Optimization: 100/100

Visual Design by: David Owen Hastings
WordPress Theme Development by: Scott Marlow

Stopping Slow Websites One Nonprofit at a Time

DESC nonprofit website

Client: DESC

Scope of Work
Front-End web development
Performance optimization
Security hardening
Visual design
CMS Training

Team: David Owen Hastings, Scott Marlow

The Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) provides integrated services including housing, emergency shelter, crisis intervention and healthcare to thousands of homeless people.

Our goal: to redesign www.desc.org into a custom, mobile responsive, modern website that showcases the organization’s updated brand identity with bright, bold colors.

Performance Metrics

PerformanceWordPress SiteBenchmark
Google Mobile Speed:73
Google Desktop Speed94
Pingdom81faster than 87% of tested sites
WebPageTest Speed Index875median = ~4,493
top 10% = <1,388
YSlow84average score = 70
Web Page Size340 KbIn 2017, average page size = ~2.4 Mb
median page size = ~1.9 Mb
Web Server Requests30< 40 – 60 recommended

Connecting Nonprofits thru WordPress

Whidbey Community Foundation website

Client: Whidbey Community Foundation

Scope of Work
Content strategy
Custom Photography
Front-End web development
Performance optimization
Security hardening
Visual design

Team: David Owen Hastings, Michael Stadler Photographs, Moore Ink, Scott Marlow

Whidbey Community Foundation, founded in 2016, is a grantmaking public charity that supports Whidbey Island nonprofit organizations through philanthropy, training and capacity building.

More than 750 community foundations operate in urban and rural areas in every state in the United States.

The new community foundation website, powered by WordPress, allows the organization to easily share fundraising, training and other news. A third-party portal by Community Suite provides additional tools for nonprofit listings and donations.

Performance Metrics

PerformanceWordPress SiteBenchmark
Google Mobile Speed:71
Google Desktop Speed86
Pingdom90faster than 86% of tested sites
WebPageTest Speed Index1,440median = ~4,493
top 10% = <1,388
YSlow82average score = 70
Web Page Size526 KbIn 2017, average page size = ~2.4 Mb
median page size = ~1.9 Mb
Web Server Requests28< 40 – 60 recommended

Get Help for Your WordPress Website

LifeWire tablet screenshot

Founded in 1982 as Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP), LifeWire was the first agency to directly serve survivors in East and North King County. Today, LifeWire is Washington state’s largest domestic violence organization and a nationally recognized leader in the field. LifeWire has helped over 141,000 survivors break free from abuse, find safety, heal, and create a stable home for themselves and their children.

Scope of Work:
Front-end web development
Performance optimization
Security hardening
Search engine optimization
Visual redesign

Team: David Owen Hastings, Scott Marlow

The Challenge

LifeWire completed a branding overhaul with Phinney Bishoff circa 2014. The website needed to be updated with the new brand identity.

The Results

We built the new mobile responsive site in WordPress on _Underscores, optimizing desktop layout for more modern 1,440 pixel width monitors. New full-bleed homepage headers promote the organization’s latest news. Bold custom fonts and colors help distinguish the new brand. Social media, Constant Contact e-newsletter signup form and the latest events are promoted via a colorful attention-getting sitewide footer. Volunteer management was streamlined with a new online volunteer application. Online donations are integrated thru eTapestry.

In 2018, the LifeWire site was updated with a fresh online Impact Report section.

PerformanceWordPress SiteBenchmark
Google Mobile Speed:94
Google Desktop Speed100
Pingdom89faster than 87% of tested sites
WebPageTest Speed Index2,255median = ~4,493
top 10% = <1,388
YSlow79average score = 70
Web Page Size1.2 MbIn 2017, average page size = ~2.4 Mb
median page size = ~1.9 Mb
Web Server Requests34< 40 – 60 recommended

Thank you so much for the fantastic job you have done on the LifeWire website! It looks awesome!!
Kelly Becker, development director, LifeWire