Jake Paris


Current Positions

  • Senior Web Developer/Designer, Bates College
  • Principle, Jake Paris Web Development
  • Worship Leader, Free Grace Presbyterian Church

Also, see https://www.linkedin.com/in/jakeparis/ and https://gitlab.com/jakeparis/


See my testimonials page, on which people are very excited to say how they loved working with me!


Bates.edu WordPress Site

Since 2014 I’ve had the primary responsibility for development and much of the design that happens on the site.

Block Editor

  • Created method to quickly build customizable “Summaries” from other, previously published posts, in use in targeted RSS-feeds for consumption in a weekly MailChimp campaign.

General Plugin/Theme Work

  • Wrote GravityForms extension plugin to transmit submitted form data to PivotalTracker (project management tool) via their API.
  • Wrote nearly 100 plugins, varying in scope from addressing a very targeted need for a department to large institution-wide applications

Homepage redesign (2016)

I developed the current (as of Fall 2016) frontpage for Bates.edu. I developed the WordPress/Instagram integrations as well as the css/js animations. I was also co-designer, having a particularly strong voice in the look/feel of the top section.

General Remodel (2014)

  • Wrote over 4000 lines of css to achieve the team’s vision for what the site should look and feel like. Developed and coded all the interactions with css and jquery.

DiverseBookFinder.com (2018 – ongoing)

Technologies Used: Solr Search Engine, WordPress

A one-of-a-kind search engine for diverse children’s picture books, focusing on aspects of the books which are often not findable using a traditional library search. This is built as a WordPress site with a custom plugin to manage the application and an off-the-shelf framework theme. My work was mainly the plugin which integrates a number of services: WordPress-managed data, a iii library catalog, the Google Books API, and a Solr search engine.

I also created a child theme based on the Tiny Framework parent theme, but with a number of customizations to surface book meta data in various ways. Also developed the custom homepage and made it completely customizable. Minimal reliance on 3rd-party WordPress plugins.

  • Created a plugin which supports a multi-faceted searchable book interface and thousands of books. Highlights include:
    • CSV upload
    • MARC record importer/parser
    • Automatic import of Marc records using only ISBN
    • Heavy use of WordPress Customizer for client page features
  • Interface with a Solr search engine
  • Created child theme to help surface data better

Bates Campus Map

Technologies Used: Vue.js

  • Rewrote original application which was originally written in jQuery in 2014.
  • Added administration section to customize/edit map features

Jake Paris’ Fine Art

Technologies Used: WordPress, OpenSeaDragon

  • Developed theme and plugin integration to best display artwork

Bates Fund Leaderboard (2018)

Technologies Used: Vue.js, Slim Application Framework, WordPress

An interesting project which consisted of working with people from across the stakeholder-spectrum from data analysts to alumni communications specialists. The purpose of the project is to show near real-time giving levels of Alumni, including participation and dollar goals, and other pertinent information.

  • Designed and engineered a Vue.js application within a WordPress plugin
  • Created an API to make institutional data available for consumption by the Vue app.

Bates Directory (2018/19)

Technologies Used: Vue.js, Slim Application Framework, WordPress

  • Designed and engineered a Vue.js application within a WordPress plugin
  • Created an API to make directory data available by the Vue.js app.
  • Includes two levels of data access (authenticated and non-authenticated endpoints).

Post and Print Shipping Form Creator (work in progress)

Technologies Used: Vue.js

A simple application written only in Vue.js to make it easier for the college’s shipping department to collect shipping information from students and staff.

Free Grace Presbyterian Church (2018)

WordPress theme design and implementation. Used and expanded my Sermon Management plugin to work with the ESV API.

Montserrat College Campus Map (2017)

Worked with another designer to implement a GoogleMaps-powered campus map. It was inspired by the Bates College Campus Map.

Quad / Bates Today: Bates College Internal Communications Sites (2016)

Working from a flat design, I coded the experience of this site, building each module from an extensible javascript prototype of my own creation. The page also changes experience on smaller width screens, becoming more a little more app-like in the interaction.

I built this site before I had even heard of javascript frameworks like Vue or React. I solved a lot of issues using my own very basic data-driven javascript templating setup.

Bates College Homepage (2016)

I developed the current (as of Fall 2016) home page for Bates.edu. I developed the WordPress/Instagram integrations as well as the css/js animations. I was also co-designer, having a particularly strong voice in the look/feel of the top section.

  • Wrote a technical post about how the animated angular top sections were accomplished.

Simple Digital Archives (2013-14)

This is a homemade Apache/Mysql/Php application created as a solution to indexing historical photos/articles. The archives.lplonline.org implementation houses some 60,000 records as of the time of this writing, many of which are scanned history slides of the Lewiston/Auburn, Maine area. The app optionally incorporates user commentary on the photos as a kind of community-building/metadata-crowdsourcing aside.

Lewiston Public Library (2013)

I developed this new site to better promote and represent my library within the community. This was my first time working with responsive design. It organizes the information about and the promotions of the library in an understandable and intuitive way. Many features integrate the library catalog with the website, something I believe most library users expect, and rarely receive.

Town of Cumberland, Maine (2010)

Two sites created in WordPress.org with additional customized event manager. As part of the project, I migrated nearly 800 pages of static html content into WordPress. Note: site has since migrated to another platform/design.


Significant WordPress Plugins

Google Sheets/AppScript

  • Wrote scripts to get and display email campaign analytics data via the ActiveCampaign API.
  • Wrote scripts to get and display email campaign analytics data via the MailChimp API.

Career Path Visualization (2016)

Technologies Used: D3

A visualization showing which college majors at Bates lead into what professions.

Awards & Honors

Main Presenter at SMLD IT Quarterly Meeting (June 2015)

I was asked to speak on a variety of web-related topics such to mobile optimization and the website redesign process. This group is comprised of people in IT positions at libraries across Southern Maine.

Employee of the Year, City of Lewiston (2008)

Androscoggin Leadership Development Institute (2007)

The Institute is a twelve week program offering valuable information and hands-on experience designed to enhance leadership potential; to channel personal strengths; and to cultivate interest in community service. The program motivates aspiring leaders to assume positions of greater responsibility in business, community organizations, and government. It also fosters a greater understanding of the current and future needs of our community and the opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful difference in addressing those needs.