Long bio: After 7 years of working as a board-certified music therapist, music educator and a singer-songwriter, I began a new career building WordPress websites while working on my first fully-produced album of original music.
There was a transition period between these 2 careers during which I hired local web developer, Carol White of Winter Street Design to build my music teaching website. I had played around with html in college, so when Carol generously gave me a copy of Contribute (html editing software) that would allow me to do the changes myself, I got inspired to build websites that people could update and maintain themselves.
So in 2008, when I wanted to build another website to showcase (and sell) my music online, I came across Mark Maxwell’s website. I looked at the source code and discovered it was built with WordPress. Having no idea what WordPress was, I went to WordPress.org and downloaded the software. Thus began my trip “down the rabbit hole” and my next career of developing WordPress websites as I followed my curiosity into the world of WordPress, themes and plugins.
Now 8 years later, after trying out many different themes and plugins, getting messy breaking and fixing things, I bring my WordPress knowledge and skills to authors, entrepreneurs, arts organizations, non-profits, mad scientists, musicians, artists, small businesses, healers and folks working for positive change. More of a developer than a designer, I can take your design concept and bring it into form using WordPress and CSS, then teach you how to maintain and update your site. If you need a design, I can point you in the right direction.
I also specialize in converting HTML websites to WordPress websites, which can easily be updated using the user-friendly WordPress content editor. My passion is creating websites that are easy to update for the website owner. Keeping that aim in mind, I am constantly seeking to employ themes and plugins that are coded with the customer experience in mind. I offer a free e-course that takes beginners through the basics of building a self-hosted WordPress website and I teach classes through Sierra College Community Education.
In addition to being a WordPress developer, coach, consultant and a singer-songwriter (check out my second album, Right Here Now from 2015), I also enjoy being a mother to 2 wonderful children ages 5 and 14, hiking, biking, dancing, roller skating and cooking.
Short bio for press:
Cat has been a WordPress coach, developer, consultant and trainer since 2007. She has worked with authors, entrepreneurs, arts organizations, non-profits, “mad” scientists, musicians, artists, small businesses, healers and folks working for positive change. Her passion is working with clients to create the look and functionality that they want while teaching them how to maintain and update their sites. She has taught hands on classes on the self-hosted version of WordPress through Sierra College Community Education and the Placer School for Adults. In addition to her WordPress work, she is also a singer-songwriter, and enjoys being a mother to 2 children ages 5 and 14, hiking, biking, dancing, roller skating and cooking.