If you’ve visited our Team page recently, you likely have noticed some new faces. That’s because WebDevStudios (WDS) has added four new people to our crew: Haris Zulfiqar, Frontend Engineer; Dave Bonds, Backend Engineer; and Allen McNichols and Chrispian Burks, both who are working as Support Technicians at Maintainn, the WordPress maintenance and support arm of WDS.
Even though we work remotely, our WDS family is close-knit. We even stay in touch after hours and on the weekends, sharing food pics and tidbits about life events. So when we add new faces to our team, we get super excited. And we’re especially excited about introducing you to our new teammates. Get to know them now!
Haris’ interest in web development was sparked by an interest in learning how online games were created, which then led him to a programming forum. His pursuit of knowledge led him to the creation of several websites just for the fun of it, which eventually led him to earning his first income online. After several years of experience as a freelancer working on WordPress, he created several commercial WordPress themes including Avada, the most popular WordPress theme on ThemeForest, before eventually landing a career as a full-time web developer.
Dave discovered WordPress in 2008 and fell in love with web development and open-source software. Prior to that, he created his first website all the way back in 1994 and ended up starting his own computer repair business in 2003. But it was after his discovery of WordPress that he went on to become the first employee at Agent Evolution–a leader in the WordPress real estate space–then became Director of Web Design, and finally CTO and minority owner in the company. It was there that he met and worked with WDS Director of Engineering, Greg Rickaby. Dave has been a fan of the work WebDevStudios has done for years.
At eight years old, Allen took apart his first computer and put it back together. It was an IBM Clone 286. In 1997, a call came in from a relative in Washington who had managed to delete her entire hard drive and could not get her computer to boot from the CD-ROM. Over the course of about two hours over the phone, Allen was able to walk her step by step through getting it back up and running with Windows 95 reinstalled. He was only 13. Suffice to say, Allen is destined for a great future by combining his skills for technology and helping others. Prior to joining WDS, Allen worked as phone support with IDX Broker and later filled the role of support technician for Agent Evolution.
Chrispian has done a little bit of everything in IT including running PC support, running an ISP, co-founding the blog network 451 Press as well as communities for writers Lit.Org and WritingForums.com. He started using WordPress back when it was b2/Cafelog, and for all the sites on the 451 Press network (just over 500 of them) and wrote tools to help integrate with phpBB, DirectAdmin and custom provisioning code as well as some small plugins related to advertising and running the network. WordPress has been his go-to content management system ever since. He especially loves how easy it makes building new projects for fun and for clients.
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Working at WDS is a rewarding experience that includes remaining actively involved with the WordPress community, interacting with great clients, and establishing nurturing friendships and lifelong memories. If this is a company culture you would like to be a part of, check out our Careers page and submit an application today.