Vernon S. Howard - Expert Freelance WordPress developer

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I’m Vernon S. Howard, a seasoned WordPress developer with over two decades of expertise in crafting bespoke WordPress themes.

My mastery of HTML, CSS, and Responsive Web Development, coupled with a steadfast dedication to the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) coding principles, ensures swift and efficient website development. Whether collaborating with web design agencies or working directly with businesses, I approach each project with a commitment to excellence.

Allow me to collaborate with you to bring your unique vision to fruition through fully optimized, custom WordPress themes that meet and exceed your client’s expectations.

What I do:

  • WordPress Consulting
  • Custom WordPress theme Development
  • WordPress theme customization
  • Website migrations to the WordPress platform
  • WordPress Cleanup & Rebuild
  • WordPress website troubleshooting
  • WordPress plugin development
  • WordPress maintenance and support plans available (contact for pricing)

Let’s transform your ideas into reality!

Leave me a message by phone at (203) 614-9320 or contact me on LinkedIn (


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Frequently Asked Questions

No, I don’t consider myself a “web designer.” My focus is on the code development of the site (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP). I can design simple layouts, but my formal training is in computer science. Usually, I’m provided PSDs, Figma, XD, or Sketch files by a graphic designer, and I then code them out per client spec.

If you need a graphic designer, below is a list of freelance graphic designers I’ve worked with and recommend:

That depends on the scope of the project. For instance, in most cases, an e-commerce-ready theme will take longer to produce than an informational one. The number of theme templates that need to be coded, user functionality, and API integrations must be factored into the time necessary to build. The size or number of pages/posts is secondary to that.

I usually can’t give an accurate estimate until I’ve seen mockups and have had a conversation with the design team about required functionality and client expectations.

In the world of website creation, WordPress stands out as a powerful and versatile platform. With its user-friendly interface and extensive plugin ecosystem, WordPress has empowered millions of users to build stunning websites without the need for advanced technical knowledge. However, while pre-made themes offer convenience, they often come with limitations. This is where bespoke WordPress theme development shines, offering a myriad of benefits for those looking to create a truly unique online presence.

Read more about Unlocking the Power of Bespoke WordPress Theme Development

WP Engine Preferred PartnerIt depends on your budget, but I recommend WP Engine for WordPress hosting.

A less expensive alternative, but with decent performance, is GreenGeeks.


No. I’ll attend occasional meetings (within the NYC Metro area) if necessary, but I work from my home in Norwalk, CT, and I’m accessible via phone, email, Slack, and Skype.

If my workload permits, I will consider donating my time and expertise to eligible 501(c) charity organizations that work with United States Military Veterans or are no-kill animal shelters.

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Vernon is an extremely knowledgeable developer and has been an asset for my company and our clients. His understanding of all sides of web development, SEO implementation, and server maintenance are just a few of his strengths. He’s an expert when it comes to WordPress and its plugins and can find solutions to any issue that may arise. He also works great with our design/marketing team and understands what we’re trying to achieve for our customers. Great communication, always meets his deadlines, and offers solutions to problems that most would miss.

Vernon is a dedicated and hardworking professional. He will endeavor to meet the demands of any project and is willing to learn, which he does very quickly. I would work with this person on any project.

Vernon is a great team player. Very quick to respond to any technical questions or issues and resolve them. Can always count on him!

Vernon provided great support to us as our blog, the center of the company’s social media program, continued to evolve. He advised us on including additional functions, then was invaluable in researching upgrades and getting the coding updates completed in a timely manner. His insights and customer service proved invaluable.

Not only is he an expert in all things WordPress and web development, he’s extremely thorough and surefooted in his work. He always weighs the pros and cons of multiple approaches to solving the problem so that we may select the best option for our clients.

I have had the pleasure of working with Vernon for over 10 years. He is a highly skilled WordPress developer who has helped me enhance my web and mobile designs and achieve the best possible results. He is highly efficient and consistently delivers projects on time. I would strongly recommend him.

Vernon Howard is the definition of a consummate professional. He has demonstrated himself to be an invaluable partner and asset to the agencies and businesses lucky enough to call themselves his clients. Exceptionally responsive and detail oriented, he is able to quickly join teams and provide immediate value & technical guidance, breaking down complex technical concepts in ways that even the most technologically challenged can understand. As a WordPress wizard, we’ve yet to find a task he can’t handle with his expertise and knowledge. It’s impossible to overstate the value he has brought to our team.

I’ve had the privilege of working with Vernon on many projects. He has that rare combination of affability with a sharp confidence. His ability to translate a design into a working site is remarkably intuitive. He takes pride in his work and is a pleasure to collaborate with. He’s also generous with translating technical concepts into non-technical terms for clients and colleagues. This guy knows what he’s doing and he’s a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him.

Vernon effortlessly blends marketing expertise with solid web design, a rare and interesting combination and can be considered ahead of the curve on where the future of web technology is going. He’s also passionate and driven.

Vernon is a competent technical programmer and a highly experienced businessman to boot – a rare but extremely valuable mix in my experience.

Vernon is a very talented and knowledgeable WordPress developer. I have worked with him for more than four years on everything from full custom WordPress backend builds to monthly proactive maintenance. He is incredibly responsive and communicative and can fix or build just about anything. I appreciate his partnership and highly recommend him for backend development.

Vernon Howard is an excellent developer when it comes to websites! We started using Vernon about a year ago and haven’t looked back. He is fair, meets his deadlines, and makes good suggestions when it comes to improving functionality. Vernon is not one of those developers that you can ever find, he is very responsive and takes the time to explain the pros and cons of development. Most important, his coding is CLEAN and not full of unnecessary plugins that break sites causing problems. We are very happy with him, glad we found him, and recommend him to anyone who wants a developer that knows what he is doing and expects the best.

We contracted Vernon on several WordPress-based websites and he did a great job dealing with our internal chaos, bringing his development experience to guide the process, warn us of pitfalls, and he got the job done on time. He has a good eye for design and the technical know-how to create custom templates and plugins. In the end, we had a custom high-quality website that made our company look good.

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