I Am A Freelance Full-Stack Web Developer
I see web development as a multidisciplinary endeavor that encompasses computer programming, visual design, business, marketing, management, search engine optimization, accessibility, maintainability, usability, user experience, security, IT infrastructure, and compliance with government regulations. I strive for expertise in all of these areas.
I use WordPress because it allows clients to update their own sites, it has a ton of theme and plugin support, and it’s really flexible. I can build upon this platform with custom programming as needed.
I am based in Southern California. I have a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and a Master’s in Engineering Management from Stanford University. I have been creating websites since 2008.
Brian Shim Web Development, LLC is a California S-Corporation (so you don’t need to send me 1099 forms or worry about AB-5 issues).
About My Work
- Custom WordPress websites
- Mobile-friendly responsive web design
- Fixing broken websites
- Web accessibility remediation
- Web marketing consulting
- WordPress training
- Project management
- Monthly site maintenance
- Custom programming
- Mobile responsiveness
- Custom user interfaces
- Custom functionality
- API integration
- Accessibility (ADA compliance)
- E-Commerce (via Shopify)
- Google structured data
- SEO optimization
- IDX Real Estate Integration
- Real Estate
- Web Apps
- Higher Education
- Consumer Goods
- Industrial Goods
- Blog / Informational
- Divi, Kadence Themes
- Shopify / Liquid
- PHP / MySQL Programming
- HTML5 / CSS
- GIT / Bitbucket
- cPanel / Linux
- The Lean Web
Sites I Built
I work with designers and agencies all of the time to implement their vision using WordPress and code.
Products and Services
Sites I Helped Build as Part of a Team
Sites I Designed and Built
If you already have a brand design language in mind, I can design and build your website.
Real Estate and Construction
Products and Services
Tell me about your project
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20 Critical Problems Your WordPress Website Probably Has Right Now
These are the most common and dire problems that I find on existing client websites that I work on for the first time. Check your website for these issues today, or contact a web developer to do a site audit! 1. Your site is not getting backed up regularly Many...
What You Need to Know About Privacy Laws and Your Website
There has been an avalanche of legislation in the United States and Europe regarding online privacy since the rise of the Internet. Today, publishing anything on the web requires familiarity and compliance with privacy laws to avoid the possibility of legal action or...
What You Need to Know About Using Contact Forms on your Website
A contact form is a common feature of many business websites. After all, you want to make it as easy as possible for your visitors to get in touch with you to purchase your goods or services. However, contact forms have several important pitfalls that you may not know...
What You Need to Know About Using Fonts on Your Website
Often designers will hand me a website design that uses custom fonts (i.e., not the free ones available online). And just as often, they and the client are unaware of the costs and implications of using these fonts on the web. Web Font Licensing Costs Unfortunately,...
How to Set Up Your Domain Name, Custom Email, and Web Hosting
Sometimes I get a client who is starting from scratch and needs to get a domain name, branded email accounts, and web hosting (or sometimes they have the domain name already). Here's my process to get that all set up, along with some tips and tricks. Note, the order...
Why I Use the WordPress Divi Theme
If you ask a WordPress developer what their favorite builder theme is, you'll get a very opinionated answer, kind of like asking a photographer what brand of camera is best, or a gamer what console is best. The truth is, there are a lot of great themes out there. Many...
My Website Accessibility Checklist
Before I begin, let me stress that I am not a lawyer and this article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice! Per United States and European law, odds are that your website needs to be designed so that folks with various types of physical or...
Why You Should Own Your Own Domain Name and Web Hosting Accounts
I always tell my clients to set up their own domain name and web hosting accounts and pay for with their own credit card. I do not provide hosting. Here's why I think you should not let your web developer, agency, or any third party own your web and domain name...
My Website Project Kickoff Questionnaire
These are some questions I think about before starting a new website project. It's a great checklist to go through before starting to help you scope out your project. 1. Audience and Purpose Who is the target audience of the website? What is the site tagline, in...