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About Me

I am a passionate web designer, front-end web developer and system administrator with over seventeen (17) years of professional experience.

Employment History:


Consultant & Freelance Web Developer & Webmaster { speckz.com / Self Employed } Oct 2007 – Present

Creation & maintenance of web sites & applications for corporate, non-profit, small business & other clients. Implementing all web-related tasks, including: prototyping, development, design & layout, graphics creation & optimization, server-side programming (PHP), MySQL databases, cross browser & standards-compliant XHTML & CSS, testing, training, hosting, security, SEO & traffic generation, ongoing maintenance, support & updates while working both on-site and remotely via telecommuting.

Worked with clients & teams to complete the following websites:

  • Emunah of America – WordPress site maintenance and support for online donations and e-commerce via GiveWP and WooCommerce  – emunah.org
  • The New Republic – General IT support for staff, Google Apps administration, Drupal and WordPress support, employee on & off-boarding – newrepublic.com
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) – Site migration, Plone CMS & WordPress CMS site development for the official website – rarediseases.org, Physician Guide – nordphysicianguides.org, Rare Disease Day USA – rarediseaseday.us, RareDisease Dialog Blog – blog.rarediseases.org and NORD events registration – events.rarediseases.org
  • The National Memo – WordPress site maintenance and support for political website – nationalmemo.com
  • House of SpeakEasy NYC – WordPress site development and maintenance for a nonprofit that showcases outstanding literary talent – houseofspeakeasy.org
  • American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem – WordPress site maintenance and support for online donations via customize Gravity Forms – acsz.org
  • StyleHaul – AWS Hosting, infrastructure and WordPress support for the largest original video destination for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle content, with a community of more than 3,500 original creators on YouTube – stylehaul.com, Lisa Kudrow’s “web therapy” – webtherapy.stylehaul.com
  • Dr. Stephen Gullo – Web Hosting, DNS, SSL and WordPress support for internationally recognized expert, Professor, and author in the field of weight control – drgullo.com
  • Destinations in Forsyth County, Georgia – WordPress tourism site development and maintenance – destinationforsyth.com
  • GfK Shopper & Retail Strategy US – Poll and survey hosting – gfk.com
  • Firefly International – Web hosting, email, and support for nonprofit working with young people in Bosnia and Palestine – fireflyinternational.org
  • Younger Next Year – Hubspot marketing and DNS  support for authors Chris Crowley and Dr. Harry Lodge book site – youngernextyear.com
  • Halliwell MediaWorks – WordPress site and logo development and maintenance for media training consulting – halliwellmediaworks.com
  • Cushing’s Support & Research Foundation – Cushing’s Disease support WordPress site development and support – csrf.net
  • Baldrige Foundation – The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award WordPress site development, maintenance, and support – baldrige.com
  • Official Tourism Website for Ridgefield, CT – Tourism WordPress site development, maintenance, and support – destinationridgefield.com
  • SPHERE, Inc. – Nonprofit working with adults with a broad range of developmental disabilities WordPress site development, maintenance and support – spherect.org
  • Lysosomal Acid Lipase (LAL) Deficiency Source – WordPress site development and maintenance for Synageva pharmaceutical – laldeficiencysource.com
  • Prides Crossing Executive Communication, LLC. – Web hosting, email, and support for company that develops speeches, annual reports, op-eds, etc. – pcswg.com
  • The Prospector Theater – WordPress site development for nonprofit movie theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut – prospectortheater.org
  • Take Over the Game Sports Blog & Podcast – Sports podcast blog content management system (CMS) migration from proprietary system to WordPress – takeoverthegame.com
  • Golfslope – Golf course reviews & slope ratings WordPress consulting & hosting – golfslope.com
  • Cummings Design, ESSENTUALE & Keyword.com – FrontPage to Expression Web conversion for – cummingsdesign.com, essentuale.com & keyword.com
  • Forest Brooke Pet Care – Pet sitting & dog walking WordPress site development, maintenance, and support – forestbrookepetcare.com
  • Jesse Cowell’s Jeskid – Web hosting, email, and support for Writer/Director Jesse Cowell – jeskidsworld.com
  • Salient, Inc. – SCORM, e-learning, and Learning Content Management (LCM) support – salientcomm.com
  • Cortex Labs Inc. – Strategic advice on startup, technology hardware & software platforms – cortexlabs.com
  • Painting’s by Benigna – Artist site developed on WordPress – paintingsbybenigna.com
  • United Nation’s UNIFEM – Joomla CMS development and support for Gender & HIV/AIDS – genderandaids.org & Gender Responsive Budgeting Web Portals – gender-budgets.org
  • Harper’s Magazine – PR blog development on WordPress – thewaysofthewoodchuck.com
  • REMCAP Exchange – Magento eCommerce development – remcapexchange.com/store/
  • The Juran Institute – Website, blog, subscription member site & eCommerce store built with WordPress and Magento – juran.com
  • Lawyers Group Advertising, Inc. – Lead generation platform development and maintenance to route emails and calls via NPA/NXX database – lawyersgroup.com
  • Ironbound Films Inc. – Web-based file manager with backend FTP server integration, system administration & support – ironboundfilms.com
  • Cowinkidink Inc. – Strategic advice on startup, technology hardware & software platforms – cowinkidink.com
  • Nannis & Associates Inc. – Supported small business users on Windows domain, provided hardware & software upgrades, purchased hardware, software & redesigned website – nannis.com
  • InTouch Services, Ltd. – WordPress blog maintenance, upgrade & theme design customization – quality-wars.com
  • Investment Law Group – WordPress blog development – primebrokerdirectory.com
  • Innovative Chemical Resources – website development and support for company that manufactures and services industrial water treatment and cleaners – innovativechemical.com
  • Crossborders LLC. – Project managed & coordinated with remote developer to architect, develop, & integrated event registration & payment via database backend & Sage Payment Systems eCommerce – crossborders.tv
  • Level Media – Developed static website & blog – levelmediatraining.com
  • Kerge Consulting – Static website development – kergeconsulting.com
  • Zeidman = Corporate Communications Consulting – WordPress blog, flash design, development, and maintenance – zc3.com
  • Missives from a Metropolis – Squarespace blog design, development, and maintenance – sheilapierce.com
  • The FireDome – Encoded DVD video into streaming flash & embedded media player into site – thefiredome.com
  • E-Force Hosting – Responsible for day to day operations of own web hosting business including client support, server maintenance, client billing, etc. – eforcehosting.com

Reporting Traffic Analyst { feedroom.com / The FeedRoom Inc. } Oct 2000 – Sep 2007

  • Crystal Reports Developer & Business Intelligence:
  • Senior Crystal Reports Developer with seven years of technical & working experience in designing & implementing reports using Crystal Reports 8.x – 11.x.
  • Created & maintained over 300 complex parameterized Crystal Reports using charts, cross-tab, groupings, summary selection criteria, sub-reports, running totals, & custom formulas coded in SQL & Visual Basic syntax.
  • Distributed custom reports to Fortune 100 & 500 clients such as Wal-Mart, GM, AT&T, Intel, Cisco, etc.
  • Collaborated with multiple departments & senior management to gather requirements for reports & data analysis, in addition to designing test cases based on the necessary conditions.
  • Produced weekly, monthly, quarterly & annual reports for 180+ sites, as well as ad-hoc & one-off reports for billing, revenue, advertisement, traffic/visitor & diagnostic/performance.
  • Developed & performed audit reports against 3rd party billing, discovered $10,000+ accounting inaccuracy.
  • Highly skilled in writing specifications & gathering requirements to develop Crystal Reports as per client, maintained documentation on reports for future reference, & provided training for employees.
  • Served as lead technical & customer/business support contact for employees & customers on all reporting issues.
  • Trained employees & customers on web frontend reporting.

Jr. Database Administration & General Reporting:

  • MySQL 4.x database administration with & without Sequoia (C-JDBC) clustering & replication.
  • Worked with Oracle 8.x & 9.x to create tables & maintain views using SQL, PL/SQL & Toad for Oracle to analyze the data in different systems & to validate data & reports.
  • RDBMS concepts & experience in creating & maintaining tables & views using Toad for Oracle.
  • Responsible for the conversion of data during the systems integration process.
  • Administered the delivery of log files from multiple CDNs (Akamai/Speedera, AT&T, Limelight, Mirror Image, Real Broadcast Network, Savvis, VitalStream/Internap, etc.), & maintained scheduled daily delivery to ensure timely loading of logs via ETL processes into Oracle Data Repository/Warehouse.
  • Demonstrated an understanding & interpretation of the business requirements, as well as designing & loading the data into Data Repository/Warehouse.
  • Established & maintained day to day operations of Extraction, Transformation, & Load process (ETL) of proprietary JAVA ETL application, in addition to the extraction & loading of raw data from multiple sources into Oracle Data Repository/Warehouse.
  • Trained employees in Oracle related reporting.
  • Performed business analysis & reporting via Access & Excel 2000/XP/2003/2007.
  • Web log analysis via Web Trends, Funnel Web, Sawmill, Wusage, AWStat, Analog, Urchin, etc. & UNIX/LINUX command line tools like awk, sed, grep, less, etc.
  • Web analytics via DoubleClick, Real Media 24/7, Omniture, Google, etc.

IT Support Engineer & Help Desk:

  • Provided support via help desk to Fortune 100 & 500 clients & support staff with calls to expedited work load in a timely fashion.
  • Maintained & supported content distribution to multiple CDN (Akamai/Speedera, AT&T, Limelight, Mirror Image, Real Broadcast Network, Savvis, VitalStream/Internap, etc.) storage facilities simultaneously.
  • Monitored multiple CDNs (Akamai/Speedera, AT&T, Limelight, Mirror Image, Real Broadcast Network, Savvis, VitalStream/Internap, etc.) for capacity & storage & analyzed the data to evaluate CDN network performance.
  • Provided technical support, troubleshooting, & monitoring to ensure that content (images, live & video on demand video streaming, flash, etc.) be distributed to & served from CDNs.
  • Mentored & trained junior help desk support engineers.
  • Responsible for configuring & supporting over 80 employees in multiple locations on Windows & MAC desktops, Microsoft Office, Windows Server, Exchange, & Outlook.
  • Provided local & remote support for corporate headquarters, satellite locations, & corporate firewalls.
  • Provided upgrades, repairs, troubleshooting, & support for Windows/Mac desktop, laptop, server hardware, network printers, scanners, & external hard drives.
  • Performed the upgrade of Symantec/Veritas NetBackup from version 4.5x to 6.x in mixed UNIX/LINUX/Windows environment.
  • Responsible for periodic tape drive backup & recovery via Symantec/Veritas NetBackup.
  • On call 24/7 one week a month providing emergency phone support to employees & Fortune 100 & 500 clients.

Ad Trafficking:

  • Trafficking ad campaigns within 24/7 Real Media’s Open Ad Stream 6.x Ad serving system.
  • Two-day training certification session on 24/7 Real Media’s Open Ad Stream 6.x Ad serving system.
  • Provided technical support for all creative & technical inquiries from clients, ad agencies, & internal staff.
  • Online advertising/ad tracking experience with DoubleClick Dart.
  • Newsletter management for 500,000+ recipients.

Innovation:

  • Established a need for RSS & initiated/facilitated the effort in early 2003 to start syndication of FeedRoom video news via RSS for all sites. RSS syndication went live in April 2003 during which I promoted the newly launched syndication via RSS friendly sites.

Education:

Computer Science { Rutgers University / New Brunswick, New Jersey }
Attended Rutgers University, from Sep 1994 – May 1996 while working towards my Computer Science Degree.

Skills and Experience:


Languages:

HTML, DHTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, RSS, XML, SQL, PL/SQL, Visual Basic, JSP, Linux/Unix Shell Scripting

Platforms:
Windows, Windows Server, Linux desktop & server, Sun Solaris server, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, DOS, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Rackspace Cloud, Linode, DigitalOcean, Windows Azure and Hybrid Cloud, CloudFlare, Sucuri, WP Engine, Pantheon

Databases & Reporting:
Crystal Reports, Oracle, MySQL, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, Quest Toad Suite, SQLYog for MySQL, MySQL Workbench, PHPMyAdmin

Applications & Programs:
Microsoft FrontPage, Microsoft Expression Studio, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe CC Suite, FileZilla FTP, Cygwin, WinSCP, 7-Zip, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Opera, SSH, VirtualBox, VMWare Workstation

Web Applications:
Basecamp, Atlassian products (Including Jira, Confluence, HipChat, Crucible, FishEye & Bamboo), Trello, GitHub, Bitbucket, Sailthru, Mailchimp, Constant Contact, Campaign Monitor, Shopify, Magento Go, ProStores, BigCommerce

IDEs & Programming Tools:
Atom, Dreamweaver, Eclipse, Homesite, Notepad++, UltraEdit, UltraEdit Studio, WebStorm, PhpStorm, Visual SourceSafe, CVS, WinCVS, Subversion, TortoiseSVN, Git

Technologies & Frameworks:
LAMP Development, Database architecture, Integration & design, Web site statistics tracking & analysis, Intranet/extranet & portal development, Google Analytics & Webmaster tools, Content Management Systems (CMS) & Wiki systems, Blogging platforms, Moodle Learning Management system (LMS), Magento Community Edition, Shopify, Alfresco CommunityContent Management (ECM), Redmine, Trac, GitLab, phpBB, IP.Board, vBulletin, Pwiki, Discourse, LimeSurvey, phpList, Various other open source systems, platforms & applications

Web & Application Servers:
Apache Web Server, Nginx, MySQL Server, Microsoft IIS, Caucho Resin, Tomcat, Exim, Adobe Flash Media Server, Windows Media Services, Real Helix Media Server, Darwin Streaming Server, SHOUTcast Server, FileZilla FTP Server, ProFTPD, PureFTPd, ejabberd, Openfire, VMWare Server, VMWare ESXi, cPanel, WHM, Webmin, Varnish Cache

Hardware & Networking:
Technical knowledge & experience with Desktop PCs, MACs & servers (Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM, Apple, Toshiba, etc.), PC/Server assembly & repair, IT helpdesk & technical support, Software training & troubleshooting, Remote support via VPN, SSH, RDP, VNC, Systems analysis & administration, Network administration & maintenance, Network security, Troubleshooting & user support, Printer, copier & scanner support

Barnabas and I have been working together for over 15 years, first when we were colleagues at The Feedroom, and for the last 13 years as a contractor on a wide variety of projects. Barnabas is an incredibly competent technologist who can help with hosting, development, designing and troubleshooting. Barnabas is a great advisor who gets stuff done and is a pleasure with and I would whole-heartedly endorse him. Eliot Pierce

I’ve used Barnabas’ web-hosting services for more than 10 years, for both my personal site and my small arts charity. The pricing and service have always been exemplary, with incredibly fast and clear responses to my technical questions and even when dealing problems outside his control like blocked IPs or expired domains! I would heartily recommend Barnabas’ services as technical excellence with a personal touch. Ben Courtney, Designer, writer, and producer of digital experiences

I was a website neophyte when Barnabas and I started working together. He was able to explain, in a very understandable way–in plain English– what I needed to do to get our site up and running. His creativity and problem-solving skills are outstanding. He’s always there to smooth the bump-in-the-road, and he does this in the most professional and kind way. Those qualities can’t be manufactured nor faked. I’m truly grateful for his wisdom and expertise.

Nancy Solomon, Entrepreneur

Barnabas is completely accessible 24/7. Whenever an issue arises, he’ll dedicate his full attention to it until a solution is found. He works with you step-by-step as the need arises. He’s without a doubt the guy you want hosting your server! Jeremy Newberger, CEO

Barnabas Toth is one of those people in the top percentile of talent as a webmaster.  He is capable, competent and customer-focused.  I have worked with him to help us manage our website content for nearly a year.  He does exactly what he says he is going to do; he does it efficiently; and he is keenly responsive to our quick turnaround requests.  Most importantly, Barnabas explains what needs to be done so that you are fully engaged in the decision making process.  He explains your options and the pros and cons of the different choices. There is no one else I would turn to for our web design and technical support. Maryann Brennan, Chief of Staff

I highly recommend Barnabas Toth—he has done some great work for us here at GfK Research. We needed some web hosting for a recent research project to support a leading CPG company, and Mr. Toth stepped in quickly and got us up and running smoothly. He is tremendously responsive and accessible, and delivered exactly what we needed on time, and in budget. He didn’t disappear when we went live, and continued to provide great customer service as we executed our research (among a highly unsophisticated base of older respondents, I might add). We look forward to using him again on future projects as they arise. Jim Brown, Vice President