Front-end Web Developer

I build tailored website solutions with a focus on performance, accessibility, and user experience.

About Me

Get to Know Me

Alexis J. Villegas, Posing in Front of Mount Saint Helens, Washington, USA

I’m a web developer, nature lover, family man, amateur slackliner and proud Boricua based in Portland, Oregon.

I tend to obsess over the details and love to work on projects that challenge me to come up with creative ways to solve problems.

I love vanilla JavaScript and I'm strongly guided by the principles of The Lean Web to help build a faster, simpler, more accessible web for everyone.

My Specialties

What I Do

Front-end Development

I write semantic HTML for accessibility, CSS that scales, and modern vanilla JavaScript to produce both static and dynamic web experiences.

WordPress Development

My solutions include fully custom themes and plugins, custom widgets, and custom admin user interfaces for easy content management.

Accessibility & Performance

The web is for everyone, and building a fast-loading and accessible experience for your users is not only ethical, but good for business.

Responsive Design

I take a mobile-first approach when coding designs to ensure the website adapts to all screens regardless of size or resolution.

My Skills

How I Do It

Languages

  • HTML5
  • CSS + Sass/LESS
  • JavaScript (ES6+)
  • PHP + MySQL

Tools

  • Git + GitHub
  • Terminal CLI
  • Google Analytics
  • Gulp.js
  • Atlassian JIRA

Frameworks

  • WordPress
  • Genesis WP
  • Bootstrap

Design

  • Sketch
  • Figma
  • Wireframing
  • User Testing

My Work

Featured Projects

Woolly Llama Wholesale Website Screenshot

Woolly Llama Wholesale

  • Design
  • WordPress
  • E-commerce
  • PHP
  • JavaScript

Woolly Llama Wholesale is an e-commerce wholesale shop specializing in ethically sourced artisanal wool products shipped directly from the Andes.

I designed and developed a custom WordPress website which allows them to run their business remotely from Ecuador while serving clients all over the world.

Archetype Designs & Projects Website Screenshot

Archetype Designs & Projects

  • Design
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • JavaScript

Archetype Designs & Projects is an award-winning building and interior design company with over 40 years of experience serving clients in Queensland Australia.

I built a modern custom website to help them showcase their projects in a way that matches their beautiful design aesthetic.

Crossword Puzzle Solver App Screenshot

Crossword Puzzle Solver App

  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Fetch API

This app will return word recommendations based on given clues and known letters to help you solve your next crossword puzzle.

It uses the Datamuse API to find words that have similar meaning to the phrase entered, as well as words that match the provided spelling pattern.

Vagabond WordPress Theme Screenshot

Vagabond WordPress Theme

  • Design
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • Bootstrap

Vagabond is a travel and lifestyle blog theme I developed for WordPress; perfect for travel, food, or lifestyle bloggers.

It features options for controlling layout globally or individually on each page/post, a hero image on every page, and a custom homepage layout that automatically displays your latest posts.

Active Northwest Website Screenshot

Active Northwest

  • Design
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • JavaScript
  • Fetch API

Active Northwest is a website for a fictional sports event company in Portland, OR which organizes a yearly inclusive running/triathlon event weekend.

It displays real-time local weather data in the front-end, and connects to a MySQL database in the back-end for gathering and storing user data.

Easy Widget Columns Plugin Screenshot

Easy Widget Columns Plugin

  • WordPress
  • Plugins API
  • PHP
  • JavaScript

Easy Widget Columns is a WordPress plugin that makes it really easy to arrange WordPress widgets in rows of columns.

It works by adding a new 'Column width' select option at the bottom of the widget’s form that allows users to set a width value for each widget.

Testimonials

What Clients Say

I contracted Alexis to help me out with the development for the theme for a couple of client websites and I couldn’t be happier with the resulting work. Alexis’ approach to theme development is so client focused and intent on making the site as easy to manage as possible, that it has heavily influenced my own development going forward.

My only hesitation in recommending him is that once word gets out about the quality of his work, his excellent work ethic and his quick turnaround I’m afraid he’s going to be too busy.

If you are looking for a thorough, thoughtful and proficient developer for your WordPress themes then look no further - you've found your guy. Alexis is a darling to communicate with, he delivers on time, and 'gets' what needs to be done without too much prompting. He dots the i's, crosses the t's, listens carefully and allows you to relax and get on with things.

I will most certainly be working with him again. Highly recommended.

I've worked with Alexis on multiple projects, where he codes my designs into Wordpress themes. Each time I have worked with Alexis he has provided solid, very well functioning website development for websites that continue to work to this day. He knows his code in and out - and is always solution oriented and problem solving.

He is always learning, and draws from a wealth of knowledge that has made projects we work on better than I expected every time. Clients have been consistently satisfied and I equally have always enjoyed working with him on projects. I highly recommend him for your website development needs.

Tope Sosanya, Designer & Project Manager
Tope Sosanya Designer & Project Manager - 0101 Design

We contacted Alexis asking for his help preparing some workflow and wireframe documentation for a site we were planning. The documentation he provided was just what we asked for, but what he gave us for the wireframes went far beyond expectations—he coded a working, interactive prototype site to show his vision that blew both us and the end clients away.

Our clients not only took the functionality from the prototype, they loved the design and used most of that, too. It became the foundation of the working client backend to a sales intelligence gathering web app.

We've been very happy with the work Alexis has done for our clients, and we look forward to working with him again in the future.

Highly recommended to us, Alexis came with a warning though, “you'll want him building all your sites there after”. So very true as Alexis is a proven perfect fit for developing functional WordPress themes from our provided design mockups.

True to his name’s meaning, Alexis is the ultimate helper developer-wise given his strong communication skills, efficiency, accuracy, high quality professional solutions, and absolutely dedicated client focus.

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