Allow Me To Introduce Myself

web developer ryan noakes posing in front of a heritage building in KamloopsHi, I’m Ryan, a Kamloops web developer who dislikes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. I recently completed BCIT’s Technical Web Design program, and I absolutely LOVE coding websites. I actually have a rather different background for a web developer; I’m a classical composer and musician. Interestingly, it is my musical background that lead me to web design.

Back in 1999 I started an a cappella quartet (think rock band with no instruments, just vocals), and built my first website for the quartet. (good old Netscape Composer – anyone remember that old chestnut?) A new a cappella group in the mid 2000’s led to a new website, and eventually while I was working towards my BMus degree at the University of Victoria I found myself wanting to share recordings of my compositions and news about what I was up to online and I built myself a website.

web developer ryan noakes posing in front of some trees by a riverThroughout my post-secondary music education at UVic and during my MMus at the University of British Columbia, different student organizations I was a part of needed an online presence, and I was the guy who always volunteered to make that happen. Once it became known that Apple was no longer going to be supporting iWeb I needed to find a replacement. This led to my introduction to WordPress, and discovering that there was so much that could be done with it. The more I learned about what was possible using WordPress, the more I was hooked. I had to learn more! And so I found myself enrolled in the Technical Web Designer program at BCIT in the fall of 2015.

I focus on building sites using WordPress, because I really like how it enables me to create solutions for the site’s client that is easy for them to use to continue to maintain and add content to their site. Please take a look at my portfolio. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or communications of any kind, please contact me.