Sharon Murphy

Hi there! Thanks so much for visiting my web site. I’m a web developer living in Louisville, Kentucky. My background includes teaching music and playing in various performance groups.

I stumbled into code writing way back in 1999 when I was asked by my boss (when I was a secretary) if I was interested in learning how to build a site for our office. I went out, purchased a copy of an O’Reilly PHP book from Barnes & Noble, and I’ve loved coding, designing, and fixing web sites ever since.

I love technology and what it can do to simplify our lives. Seeing a creative design come to life and bringing it into the web world is my favorite mystery to solve.

My main love has been with PHP, and my CMS of choice has been WordPress since its inception in 2003. I find it flexible, secure, easy to design around, and so easy to customize. If you’re looking for a web site you can control without having to contact a web developer for every little change, this would be my recommendation. Let me help you get there!

  • LAMP stack developer with strong PHP/MySQL background
  • Experienced WordPress developer, creating from-scratch themes and plugins
  • Other coding strengths: jQuery, JavaScript, LESS/SASS compiling, CSS, SEO, Google Analytics integration
  • Comfortable working with: Adobe Creative Suite, GitHub, and Bitbucket
  • Comfortable integrating social media platforms into existing sites and preparing content for use on social media

About This Site

I’m only now finally getting my thoughts organized into something cohesive, and while that means I’m starting to organize my site, it also means it’s not where I want it to be, at least not yet. So, I hope you’ll come back often and see what’s new here. I also hope you’ll say ‘hi’ or send an email to let me know what you think or just to say how things are going.

Personal Music History

I received an undergrad degree in instrumental music education from Ball State University in 1995. I studied clarinet under Dr. Caroline Hartig and percussion under Pamela Nave and Dr. Erwin Mueller. For 11 years between that degree and when I decided to get my next, I played clarinet for various chamber groups, bands, and orchestras and amassed a studio of 35-40 students in addition to teaching sectionals at various middle and high schools. I then returned to clarinet study by way of pursuing a masters degree with Dallas Tidwell at University of Louisville. I am very proud to have been under his tutelage and will cherish that time I had with him and the other clarinetists in his studio.