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TRAVIS PFLANZ

WordPress Web Developer & SEO Professional in Kansas City

ABOUT ME

Puppy Wrangler, Indie Film Enthusiast and WordPress & SEO Guy

I build and design websites throughout Kansas City, with search engine optimization in the forefront, of course. I provide affordable - not cheap (yes, there is a BIG difference) - websites for small and medium sized businesses. I am also a co-organizer of WordPress KC and a member of Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association.

When not building websites, I enjoy classic American literature, volunteering at Wayside Waifs animal shelter and helping independent filmmakers get their films made.

I am an eternal Kansas City Royals and Chiefs optimist... Except when I'm being pessimistic.

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SKILLS

I AM REALLY GOOD AT SOME THINGS

Hugging
Puppies
no. not everyone
is good at it
100
Being an Extra
in Indie Films
i looked at the
camera once
95
WATCHING
Baseball
i usually work
at the same time
90

I'M GOOD AT OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF, TOO

wordpress web design, search engine optimization (seo), pay-per-click management, to list a few

EXPERIENCE

IN THIS INDUSTRY, YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO KEEP LEARNING - I DO

Web Works of Kansas City

Kansas City web design & search engine optimization (SEO)

I formed Web Works of Kansas City in 2007. My first client as a business was a restaurant in Olathe. The restaurant is no longer in business, but it was at no fault of the amazing website!

2007 - TODAY
2004

Discovered WordPress

It's no longer that cute little blogging platform it started out as

I began working with WordPress shortly after it's release... Back then, it was much different - mostly a simple blogging platform. Now, it is much more powerful, capable of everything from eCommerce to social community websites. Today, more than 20% of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.

First Website

I built my first website for fun. Is that weird?

I first became interested in website design in 2000. Back then, fantasy football websites were not as advanced as they are today. Our league needed a website to keep the league history and a place for owners to make their selections in our fantasy pick 'em pool, so I built one!

2000
0
Years of WordPress
Experience
0
Ethical SEO
Practices
0
Clients with Recurring
Monthly Services

TESTIMONIALS

SOME OF THE GOOD THINGS PEOPLE SAY ABOUT MY WORK

MOVIES I'M WATCHING

you should see it you should skip it

Movie reviews are boring. I just let you know if you should see a movie or not, with a few notes.

2015 Academy Awards
Mortdecai 2015

Mortdecai (2015)

Watched: January 22, 2015

It’s hard to call it a pre-release screening, when my free tickets were for a screening at the exact same time as the first showing of the week… I’m probably the only person who says, “just wait until Friday,” for new movies.

Anyway, skip this flick… There were only a few funny one-liners. The highlight is seeing Olivia Munn.

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014
Selma 2014

Selma (2014)

Watched: January 20, 2015

Selma was nominated for 2 Academy Awards in 2015. This low number of nominations has led to a lot of controversy regarding a low number of minority Oscar nominations in 2015.

From the beginning, something didn’t seem right to me about Selma… It took me a while to figure it out, but I finally did – Throughout the film, Selma depicts Martin Luther King, Jr. clashing with President Lyndon B. Johnson over the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the bulk of the Civil Right movement.

Well removed from any formal American History or social studies class, I didn’t remember this as correct, so I began researching – I was right. Johnson was a big supporter of King’s efforts. Here is just one of the very interesting articles I came across – “Selma” vs. History by Elizabeth Drew

This bothers me greatly. Selma filmmakers turned Johnson into one of the film’s , and history’s, villains. This inaccurate portrayal will be viewed by millions of people and this inaccuracy will become the true history for many film-goers… With many reports of Johnson being booed by viewers in the theater.

At some point filmmakers need to be held responsible for blatant lies in historical pictures.

21 (2008)

21 (2008)

Watched: January 19, 2015

Based on the book Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich – Which I greatly recommend!

It’s hard for me to believe 21 is seven years old already. After this viewing, my thoughts leaned only slightly toward a Yes recommendation.

It’s hard for me to get past some of the inaccuracies about the game of Blackjack, such as Kevin Spacey’s character, Mickey, telling the audience that 8’s should not always be split – That’s simply not true. ALWAYS split 8’s in basic strategy – For any casino rules.

Trading Places 1983

Trading Places (1983)

Watched: January 19, 2015

I’ve always liked Trading Places… Something about taking a rich prick and making him a criminal and taking a homeless con and making him a Wall Street executive.

Inherent Vice 2014

Inherent Vice (2014)

Watched: January 16, 2015

Nominated for Costume Design and Adapted Screenplay in 2015.

Inherent Vice has a similar feel to The Big Lebowski – I’m sure I will catch a lot more the next time I see the film.

American Sniper 2014

American Sniper (2014)

Watched: January 16, 2015

I really enjoyed American Sniper, that said, I don’t think it’s a six Oscar Nomination type of film.

I’m not taking anything away from the life of Chris Kyle. Very interesting. Simply, not my idea of a “Best Picture.”

The Imitation Game 2014

The Imitation Game (2014)

Watched: January 16, 2015

For the near future, I will be noting on films regarding their 2015 Oscar nominations… Oscar season is my favorite time of the year. I try to watch every film nominated for ANYTHING!

I originally had tickets to see The Imitation Game at a pre-release screening, however, my theater-going partner started feeling really sick half-way through the movie, so we left.

The film is very well-acted and the subject matter is very interesting. That said, I’m not sure it’s 8 nominations worthy… But definitely worth a watch.

The Wedding Ringer 2015

The Wedding Ringer (2015)

Watched: January 14, 2015

I was lucky enough to get free screening tickets to Kevin Hart’s new flick (coming out Friday).

The movie is actually more funny than I anticipated, but not memorable. It’s worth a rental, but I’m not a big fan of paying to see comedies in the theater – Hence the YOU SHOULD SKIP IT recommendation.

If I watch it later at home, the recommendation may be different.

Ocean's Eleven 2001

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Watched: January 14, 2015

I love con man and caper movies… And Ocean’s Eleven never disappoints. The movie is fun, pure fun, and never takes itself too seriously… even with the cast of big-name stars.

Jennifer's Body 2009

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Watched: January 1, 2015

After watching Chiller 13: Most Horrifying Hookups on Chiller, I decided to give Jennifer’s Body a shot. I hadn’t watched it, because it looked overly cheesy, with terrible dialogue and only a hot Megan Fox.

Some of the celebrity commentators on Chiller 13: Most Horrifying Hookups made the movie sound pretty cool. It wasn’t. The jokes weren’t funny. The story was sloppy.

SOCIAL CONNECTION

SOME OF MY WEBSITES AND SOCIAL NETWORKS

CONTACT

Kansas City web design

WebWorks of KC

816.200.2822
629 E. Minor Dr, Suite #2
Kansas City, MO 64131

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