Our Team Keeps Getting Stronger

We’re launching new projects, getting busier, and growing our team. Another Backend Developer has joined us. Meet Jeremy and find out what he brings to WebDevStudios (WDS).

Jeremy Ward, Backend Developer

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Jeremy got his start in web development as a hobby, learning to build static websites for his bands and friends. This part-time curiosity eventually blossomed into an interest in database queries and server-side languages and, by 2013, he found himself working at a local agency developing custom WordPress themes for small businesses and non-profits.

Jeremy currently volunteers on the organizing committee for WordCamp Minneapolis-St. Paul and also co-organizes a bi-monthly meetup for WordPress developers in the Twin Cities. He is passionate about code quality, modular design, and developer tools, and has begun converting that passion into speaking engagements at local meetups and conferences.

When he’s not geeking out about software development, Jeremy enjoys playing board games, seeing live stand-up comedy, and taking walks around his neighborhood.

Check out Jeremy’s website at J Michael Ward, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram. Connect with him at GitHub. And if you’re interested in adding your talents into the mix at WDS, then learn more about our job openings here.

He’s Back! Backend Developer Rejoins WebDevStudios

Benjamin Mueller, Backend Developer

After a short hiatus, Backend Developer Benjamin Mueller has returned to WebDevStudios. He began using WordPress with version 2.7 and has been in love ever since. This romance has grown and taken him to multiple WordPress events all along the West Coast. Benjamin is enthralled with connecting and learning from his fellow WordPress pioneers. Attending WordCamps allows him to explore his passion for WordPress and become better connected with the community. Throughout Benjamin’s career, he has worked with numerous development firms and organizations. He believes everything in the world can be described in code and is a strong advocate for open source software.

When he’s not coding in a coffee shop, he’s out in his garage building and creating things out of any material within hand’s reach. These activities have taught him the joy of solving complex problems with simple solutions. As much as he loves putting things together, he also loves taking things apart, with explosives. Working Pyrotechnic shows is his ideal weekend getaway and he hopes to one day complete his Pyrotechnics license. So next time you see a firework, think of Benjamin, ’cause baby he’s a fiiiiirrework!

Connect with Benjamin on Github and follow him on Twitter. If you want to be like Benjamin and join an amazing team of developers and project managers, then you should check out our job openings here.

We Have Another New Team Member to Announce!

At WebDevStudios, we’re learning together and growing together. And we’ve added a new face into the mix to grow along with us. His name is Andrew, and you can learn more about him below.

But don’t be jealous of Andrew, because YOU can join our team, too. We’re currently seeking a rock star HR Assistant, an awesome backend developer, and a talented support technician. If any of these job roles sound like you, apply here today.Continue Reading

Two Added to Our WordPress Crew

Word in the WordPress community spreads fast. And when news that WebDevStudios (WDS) was hiring hit the streets, and by “streets” I mean Twitter; well, it didn’t take too long for us to find the perfect candidates to fill our open positions.

In fact, our latest hires are familiar faces, already acquainted with our executives and many of our current team members. Get to know the new guys featured below. They’re both talented and sometimes even funny, but ultimately, they rock!Continue Reading

We Have a New Team Member!

What better way to begin a new year than with a new team member? Help us welcome our new Back-End Senior Developer, Casey Driscoll. Read his bio below to learn more about him, and follow him on Twitter at @caseydriscoll. He even has a blog at CaseyPatrickDriscoll.com.

Would you be interested in joining the team at WDS? We’re a fun group of folks who eat, breathe, and sleep WordPress. We have a few coffee addicts on our team, some cat lovers, and many football fans (apparently, it helps if you love the Packers). Check out our job openings, and if you see something that you like, please apply.Continue Reading

Holiday Charity Challenge

WebDevStudios (WDS) believes in giving back. Between sharing knowledge and donating time at WordCamps, to Five for the Future, to raising money for charity during the holidays, WDS is up to doing good. This holiday season, we decided to make our charity fundraising efforts a friendly competition between our team members.

We divided into three teams, each named after one of Santa’s reindeer. Selecting a tech-based beneficiary, our challenge is to raise the most money for our chosen charity. While there is no prize involved for the winning team, there are bragging rights to be had and satisfaction in knowing we accomplished something altruistic. Even the teams who fall short in the competition have something to be proud about, because win or lose, all money collected will go to each team’s nonprofit.

Below, listed in alphabetical order are the charity fundraising teams and their selected organizations. All are varied. So, if you spot a cause you support, we implore you to get involved with our efforts and make a donation! You can even give anonymously, but know that anything given is deeply appreciated by everyone at WDS.

So explore the list, find a charity you like, and click to donate. It’s a win-win situation for WDS, the selected charities, and you. Happy holidays!Continue Reading

WDS Camp 2016

Last month, WebDevStudios hosted our annual WDS Camp. This gathering is one of the few chances the whole company can get together in person. While there are many advantages to being a distributed company, it is nice to see people face-to-face. Talking on Slack all day is great, don’t get me wrong, but being able to see everyone away from their computer gives you a whole new perspective on the crew.

Lake Harmony - WDSCampEvery year, a new location is chosen for camp. This year it was none other than Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania. Lake Harmony was the most beautiful backdrop. Being in the Pocono Mountains during fall creates ambiance and reminds you of how precious it is to have time together. There were a million laughs exchanged, a million ideas vocalized, and a renewed sense of optimism for the future of the company. On the flip side, there were secret passages, possible hauntings, and environments that could be out of an indie horror film. That’s the joy of the Poconos. It’s frozen in time in the most perfect way.

As planes flew overhead and cars were fueled to the max, the employees of WebDevStudios gathered together to laugh, plan, and strategize for the exciting things that are coming in the next year. The question you may be wondering is, what happens when almost 40 remote workers gather together in the mountains for one week? Well, I can tell you that it is not only entertaining, but it’s also life-affirming.Continue Reading