alison j bates

About me

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Senior Web Developer @ /makes-magic

As a programmer, I have over 20 years of experience specializing in website development. My particular expertise is in WordPress CMS customization, theme development, and custom plugin development. I have an extensive background in server side programming (PHP and MySQL), database design and management, and front end programming (HTML, jQuery, CSS/CSS3).

I focus on the user experience, website architecture and organization, ease of content management, and the role of the website in the overall marketing plan. My goal is to provide real-life programming solutions using the latest Web standards and practices.

I have worked with clientele with varying Website needs, including small start-ups needing beautiful brochure websites, established retailers operating e-commerce shops, fully realized marketing departments, and non-profits seeking pro-bono support in various Web endeavors. Although technically-minded, I pride myself on my ability to communicate easily, regardless of the technical levels of my clients. I enjoy opportunities to dive into website projects with zeal, leaving my clients with great satisfaction in the website development and on-going support experience.

Things I do


I have a quick eye, so the harder the better. My current puzzle is 5,000 pieces. Yes, 5,000. 40”x60”. I also enjoy logic puzzles, which I do with an erasable pen.


You know what's amazing about my job? I can do it anywhere. Unfortunately, that isn't possible right now. However, in the past I've spent time in Spain and France, and I hope to get to Italy and Portugal soon.


I'll wait in line overnight for a Timber's match wrist band. #RCTID I have season tickets for the Thorns and Timbers. I'll watch LaLiga and Premier League at 5am. That's a photo of me at PDX, going to ATL for the 2018 MLS Cup!


I shoot targets, not animals. I love my recurve bow and can often be found at the outdoor range. I'm no Katniss, Legolas, or Hawkeye, but I'm getting stronger!



look what I can do


07.2012 - Current

Senior Web Developer, Owner

/makes-magic, Portland, OR

Senior Web Developer specializing in WordPress CMS customization, theme development, and custom plugin development for Digital Marketing strategies. Work with design firms, advertising agencies, and direct clients. Integrate third party web applications including payment gateways, e-commerce, and CRM providers. Apply basic SEO, integrate Google Analytics and social media accounts, implement security measures. Provide training and documentation. Consult on UX and UI.

03.2011 - 07.2012

Director of Programming and Web Development

LVD Media, LLC, Portland, OR

Collaborated with Graphic Designers and Creative Director/ Principal to create WordPress based Websites as part of digital marketing strategies for a variety of clients. Created custom WordPress themes and templates using CSS/ HTML/ PHP/ jQuery and a variety of third party WordPress plugins. Integrated third party web applications including payment gateways and industry specific solutions. Applied clean SEO to all Websites, and integrate Google Analytics and social media accounts. Worked with fellow developers to theme and add content to Drupal based Websites.
Worked with clients to define scope and parameters of project, make recommendations for technologies and marketing approaches, and wireframe website architectures. Determined best approach for organizing cataloging, inventory, and pricing products for e-commerce Websites. Assisted copywriters and clients with organization of data and copy clarity. Trained clients on management of the website and social media, including producing robust, custom WordPress Guides and detailed Tech Briefs. Provided ongoing support for clients.
Created process oriented materials to assist in evaluation of the clients' goals and the company's recommendations for digital marketing. As part of project management, communicate with contractors and employees on budgets, deadlines, tasks, and effective methods of approach. Implemented the use of project management tools to maintain communication, assign tasks, set deadlines, record time sheets, share files, and collaborate with clients and contractors. Verify and process contractor and employee time sheets and invoices for payment. Generate metrics to evaluate accuracy of the estimation process. Established company digital marketing standards and practices.

12.2006 - 07.2009

Software Engineer

General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, MI

Developed and maintained intranet and Internet based Web tools and databases to facilitate corporate processes and CMMI Level 5. Planned, proposed, demonstrated, and implemented internal, customer specific Web applications, including several survey tools, employee skill tracking tools, project problem reporting tools, and peer review tools. Each application contained Excel report download capability, PDF options, graphs, network security, and various access levels. Provided testing, user training, and written documentation. Version control performed in team development environment.

06.2005 - 12.2010

Photographer, Owner

bates photographic, LLC, Metro-Detroit, MI

Provided photographic services for wedding, portrait, event, and commercial clients. Including digital and film photography, album design, order fulfillment, and Website/ Blog implementation. Responsible for day-to-day business operations, customer service, studio coordination, intern supervision, contractor relations, and Web system customization and maintenance. Photography services discontinued due to relocation. Existing client services still maintained.

Web Developement










Google Apps

cPanel/ phpMyAdmin

MAMP/ Sequel Pro

Tortoise SVN (Subversion)

GitHub/ Beanstalk

Pardot/ Salesforce


Project Management



Basecamp/ Freedcamp

Dropbox/ Box


Microsft Teams


Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop






Bachelor of Science Communications/ Photography

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI


Graduate School of Art, Photography

Washington University in St. Louis, MO


Certificate in Digital Arts: Web Design Certificate Program

College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI


Associates in Small Business Management

Oakland Community College, Royal Oak, MI


look what I've done
Clean Bee
Clean Bee
Focus Tradeshow Exhibits
Focus Tradeshow Exhibits
SmarshCONNECT Microsite
SmarshCONNECT Microsite
Toshi Onizuka
Toshi Onizuka
Even Construction
Even Construction
Portland Housing Center
Portland Housing Center
Arts People
Arts People
Kustom Kreations
Kustom Kreations
Acme Lumber Company
Acme Lumber Company
Cascade Energy
Cascade Energy
B&B Heritage Farm
B&B Heritage Farm
Advisor Launchpad
Advisor Launchpad
Jordan Hamilton
Jordan Hamilton
Decommissioned Sites
Decommissioned Sites


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Portland, OR
Freelance Available

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