Paul Bearne

Above all, I’m an enthusiast; I love what I do!

I discovered WordPress in 2006 when asked to explore the use of collaborative tools internally for a multi-national corporation, setting up a 200+ multi-blog site using WPMU on IIS7. As part of this project, I created my first plugin, Author Avatars (, which now has 9,000+ active installs.

From this point on, the community, the flexibility and the momentum of WordPress has made it the platform of choice for my work – I was hooked!

As an enthusiast, I never stop learning and so have real depth of expertise. I own every project I do, am able to think outside the box and can change course when needed (it happens!). I also look beyond the code to the business requirements.

I love writing clean, fast code that does its job elegantly and effectively and makes for a great user experience.  And, as a WordPress specialist, I know how to do things the WordPress way, embracing the framework rather than fighting it.

I have made core commits in almost every WordPress release since 3.9 and am active in the WordPress community as a Meetup organizer and leader and regular speaker at WordCamps.

Paul's Work

Paul's Best Fit

Clients working with large/complex WordPress websites that require high performance, secure, and optimized (SEO, accessible, multi-lingual, and/or mobile) WordPress development.


Awards and Accomplishments

WordPress Core and Translation Contributor (3.9, 4.0, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8 & 4.9)

WordPress Core Component Maintainer for date and time

Founding Co-organizer, Kingston WordPress Group (Meetup)

Organizer and Session Lead, Virtual Contrib2Core (Virtual Meetup)

Speaker and Volunteer, WordCamp Toronto 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and Co-organizer in 2017

WordCamp Speaker; Ottawa (2014 and 2017), Hamilton (2015), Montreal (2015)

Client Feedback

It’s rare to meet a WordPress developer as talented, ambitious, and dedicated as Paul.
Research Portal, a vital product, tightly integrated into the CB Insights platform, would not be possible without Paul.
Under tight timelines, Paul went the extra mile to recruit another WordPress developer to help complete the project on time.
When we have another WordPress build, I’d work with Paul again.
— Luxi (Lucy) Huang, Senior Product Manager, CBInsights
Paul is a talented programmer with a passion for WordPress. He was pivotal in maintaining and growing the properties at Metro News where he combined his technical abilities with deep knowledge of the WordPress VIP stack. His work helped bring solutions to market that aligned with business needs and as such it was truly a pleasure work with him.
— Owen Lambert, Managing Director, Digital Consumer Products @ Postmedia

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Paul's Specializations

Full-stack WordPress developer, WordPress VIP, WordPress theme development, Multi-site WordPress, WordPress plugin development and customization, Integrating with complex data sets, Multi-language (WPML), WordPress REST API development, Third-party API integrations, LearnDash, WooCommerce and EDD, Performance optimization, User training and support.

Paul's Location


Paul's client Resume

CB Insights, Penske Media Corporation, Local News Now, Metro English Canada, Eligible Magazine, LivePress, Uncanny Owl, Hubbli, Aga Khan Museum, AlphaPlus, Yoush Consulting, Digitalle, Jam3 (API backend for Fortune 100 company), JIB (Cystic Fibrosis Society), Interpublic (FCB, Rivet, Dole Salad, Quebec Lotto), Juice Agency (Hirshhorn Museum), Quarterback Digital (custom plugin development and general support)