About 1 Happy Place
Hello! My name is Katie Ayres and I'm the owner of 1 Happy Place, LLC. I am a full stack web developer which means I write all the software needed to build your website exactly as you need.
One of the problems with the standard model of development is focusing only on the launch of a website, but not to the life of a website. The reality is that websites start to break over time if left unattended. You need a software specialist in your corner who will tend to your website and keep it running smoothly, as well as continually work with you to make sure the content is up to date and correctly reflects your business.
I have built the 1 Happy Place ecosystem that I use to manage websites, making it possible to deliver a tailored and optimized website at costs you can afford. It also allows me to easily update websites, so the costs over the lifetime are kept lower as your needs and content change.
As your web designer, developer, and administrator, I will adhere to the following manifesto:
- I will not use confusing industry tech-speak
- I will take the time up front to get to know you and your business
- I will empower you and your business with technology
- I will continue to push and expand my skills to keep up with changing technologies
- I will not let your website degrade over time
- I will help you build a cohesive digital presence making it easy for you to be found online
- I will go to bat for you with big tech companies that misuse confusing technical jargon
- I will only build what is needed for your business, nothing more, nothing less
- I will not nickel and dime you for small changes and upkeep
- I am a developer, designer, and server administrator, so no stone is unturned as I create your website
So here we are. Is 1 Happy Place right for your business? Please browse my portfolio and showroom, and if you would like to get started, contact me! I can’t wait to meet you and learn more about your business.
About Katie Ayres
I have been a software developer since 1987 when I graduated cum laude and received my Computer Science degree from California State University, East Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area where I grew up.
I was a Senior Software Engineer and Technical Manager for GTE Government Systems, and then for General Dynamics after it acquired our company. I built software for signal processing systems, writing the realtime equipment control software, but gradually moving toward user design. I was fascinated by how I could take a complex signal processing system and make it easy for people to interact with it.
I left the company in 2007 just after my 20th anniversary for two reasons, I was needed at home to care for my family, and I knew I wanted to pursue web technologies.
The software I wrote for General Dynamics was heavily designed and tested software that had to be bug-free. I wanted to take all that experience and apply it to web development, where I had noticed it seemed common for solopreneurs to struggle to have an optimal and professional website.
I asked myself, can I invent a better business model and technical solution to help solopreneurs? I then spent a few years inventing an infrastructure that allows me to do just that. The software system I built allows me to keep my prices down while still developing and maintaining tailored websites
I am passionate about computer science, and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of something that has gone through such remarkable changes since the beginning of my career.
My skills as a full stack developer:
- Software Languages
- Bash command line scripting
- Software Markup Languages
- Oracle VM Virtual Box
- Server Administration
- Ubuntu Linux
- HTTP Protocols
As a Designer:
- Color Theory
- Adobe XD Prototype
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
In case you are interested, I have worked professionally in the following software languages over the years: C, C++, Java, and even Ada!